21 April 1970 |
Ballymun, Dublin, Ireland
|Genres||Folk rock, Rock|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, actor|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, mandolin|
|Labels||Plateau, Overcoat Recordings, Island|
|Associated acts||The Frames, The Swell Season, Markéta Irglová, Eddie Vedder|
Glen Hansard (born 21 April 1970) is an Irish songwriter, actor, vocalist and guitarist for Irish group The Frames, and one half of folk rock duo The Swell Season. He is also known for his acting, having appeared in the BAFTA-winning film The Commitments, as well as starring in the film Once, which earned him a number of major awards and nominations between 2007–08.
Hansard quit school at age 13 to begin busking on local Dublin streets. He formed The Frames in 1990, and they've been staples of the Irish music scene ever since. Their first album, Another Love Song, was released on Island Records in 1991, and their most recent, The Cost, was released in 2006 
Hansard came to international attention as guitar player Outspan Foster in the 1991 Alan Parker film The Commitments, after attending the New York Film Academy School of Acting. He has often stated that he regretted taking the role, because he felt it distracted him from his music career. In 2003, he presented the television programme Other Voices: Songs from a Room, which showcased Irish music talent on RTÉ.
On 22 April 2006, he released his first album without The Frames, The Swell Season, on Overcoat Recordings in collaboration with Czech singer and multi-instrumentalist Markéta Irglová, Marja Tuhkanen from Finland on violin and viola, and Bertrand Galen from France on cello. Hansard also spent part of 2006 in front of the cameras for a music-infused Irish film Once, in which Hansard plays a Dublin busker, and Irglová an immigrant street vendor. The film had its American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and received the Festival's World Cinema Audience Award. During the promotional tour, he and Irglová began dating. Said Hansard about his relationship with Irglova: "I had been falling in love with her for a long time, but I kept telling myself she's just a kid".
Hansard had recorded a version of Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" for the film I'm Not There in 2007. In 2009, Hansard said that he and Irglova were no longer romantically linked, and that they are now "good friends". Aside from his projects with The Frames and Irglová, Hansard also took part as a member of the band on the 2006 Oxfam charity album, The Cake Sale.
Hansard has recorded several cover songs, both alone and with band member Colm Mac Con Iomaire, for the Today FM discs Even Better than the Real Thing. Songs that he has recorded include Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" on Even Better than the Real Thing Vol. 1 and Britney Spears' "Everytime" on Vol. 2.
He voiced a role on an episode ("In the Name of the Grandfather") on The Simpsons as an Irish busker. A new album of original songs recorded as The Swell Season with Markéta Irglová and entitled Strict Joy was released on October 27, 2009 on the ANTI- record label.
On 14 August 2009, Hansard sang "Amazing Grace" at the funeral of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. In December 2009, he was joined by Bono, Damien Rice and other Irish musicians on Grafton Street in Dublin, to busk in aid of the Simon Community. In January 2010, Glen and fellow musician Mark Geary auctioned off a house concert on eBay in aid of Haitian relief after the catastrophic earthquake left the country in dire need of assistance. The pair would travel anywhere within a two hour drive of Dublin and play a private gig in the highest bidder's house. In the end the two musicians played for the highest bidder and a selection of other fans in a central Dublin cafe. The auction raised in the region of €6,000 for charity.
In the summer of 2011, he joined Eddie Vedder on his American solo tour in support of Vedder's solo album, Ukulele Songs. He also played his own solo concert at the opening of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art Guitar Heroes exhibit in May and on Cape Cod at the Cape Cinema on 17 June. On September 3 or 4, 2011, he played at Pearl Jam's 20th Anniversary Festival PJ20 at the Alpine Valley Theatre outside of East Troy, Wisconsin.
Hansard plays several guitars, amongst which a very recognizable battered Takamine NP15 acoustic guitar (even sporting a large hole), which he calls "The Horse".
In a November 2011 interview  in The Huffington Post with Irglova, it was revealed that Hansard was preparing a solo album and that there was a very possible third release from The Swell Season. This solo album was later revealed to be titled Rhythm and Repose.
Hansard sang the song "Take the Heartland" on the soundtrack for the 2012 film The Hunger Games. Another song he wrote, "Come Away to the Water", is also featured on the soundtrack, but is covered by Maroon 5 and Rozzi Crane. Hansard can be found singing "Come Away to the Water" on the deluxe edition of his first solo album Rhythm and Repose.
Hansard guest-starred in an episode of the TV series, Parenthood, playing himself. In the episode, "Trouble in Candyland", he performed "High Hope", a single from his solo debut Rhythm and Repose.
Hansard has remarked about his musical influences: In my house, when I was a kid, there was the holy trinity, which was Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan with Bob sitting center." Hansard and The Frames toured as the support act for Bob Dylan in Australia and New Zealand in August 2007 and Hansard often performs Van Morrison's songs in concert. Two such songs include "Into the Mystic", and "And the Healing Has Begun" which were included on the collector's edition of the soundtrack for the film Once.
Hansard is what is called a devotee of Krishna and he performed for the 80th birthday of Swami Prabhupada in London, staying at a manor donated to the Hare Krishna movement by former member of The Beatles; George Harrison, who himself had become a Hare Krishna devotee.
Awards and nominations
Hansard and Irglová's song "Falling Slowly" won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song.
- Another Love Song (1991) (Out of production, though available for download from iTunes)
- Fitzcarraldo (1995) (as The Frames DC)
from the 1995 album "Fitzcarraldo"
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- Fitzcarraldo (1996)
- Dance the Devil (1999)
- For the Birds (2001)
- Breadcrumb Trail (2002) (live album)
- Set List (2003) (live album)
- Burn the Maps (2004)
from the 2004 album "Burn the Maps"
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- The Cost (2006)
Singles and EPs
- "The Dancer" (1991)
- "Masquerade" (1992)
- Turn On Your Record Player EP (1992)
- Picture of Love (1993)
- Angel at My Table (1994)
- "Revelate" (1995)
- "Monument" (1996)
- I am the Magic Hand (February 15, 1999)
- Pavement Tune (1999)
- Rent Day Blues EP (1999)
- Come On Up to the House (1999—compilation featuring "Star Star" by The Frames)
- Lay Me Down (2001)
- Headlong (2002)
- The Roads Outgrown EP (2003)
- "Fake" (12 September 2003)
- "Finally" (20 August 2004)
- "Sideways Down" (28 January 2005)
- "Happy" (Radio Single Only; 2005)
- "Take the Heartland" (2012)
- "Drive All Night EP" (2013)
The Swell Season
Films and television
- The Commitments (1991)
- Once (2007)
- Austin City Limits (2008)
- Ballymun Lullaby (2011) – Documentary
- The Swell Season (2011) – True Story about Glen and Mar
- Play (2011)
- In the Deep Shade (2013) – Documentary with the Irish band The Frames
- The Stars Are Underground – 24-minute film documenting the underground music scene in Dublin (1996)
- "Glen Hansard". IMDb profile. IMDb, The Internet Movie Database. 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- "Awards for Glen Hansard". IMdb. 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- Divola, Barry (2007-08-29). "'Once' in a Lifetime". EW.com. Retrieved 24 August 2011.
- "Irish Music Central". Retrieved 4 May 2014.
- Jamie Diamond (2008-02-24). "Life imitating art". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-24.
- Spines, Christine (2007-06-22). "'Once' a Hero". Ew.com. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
- Master of excellence (2009-01-26). "falling slowly ... out of love". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
- Young, Alex (2009-07-10). "The Swell Season shares a bit of Strict Joy". consequenceofsound.net. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
- "Glen Hansard and Guitar Heroes". The Metropolitan Museum of Art. May 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
- "An Evening with Glen Hansard". Cape Cod Today. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
- "The Horse". Takamine Guitars. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- Ragogna, Mike (23 December 2011). "A Pomegranate & Billy Jack: Conversations with Once's Marketa Irglova and honeyhoney". Huffington Post.
- , Folk Pop News
- "Free Download: The Muse July Sampler". Free Download: The Muse July Sampler. American Songwriter. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
- "Glen Hansard to guest star on Parenthood tonight". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
- "Dylan support slot a dream come true". Smh.com.au. 15 July 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2009.
- "CANOE - JAM! Music - SoundScan Charts". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- Billboard 200 http://www.billboard.com/artist/302917/glen+hansard/chart?f=305
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Glen Hansard.|
- Official Website
- Glen Hansard at the Internet Movie Database
- The Swell Season - Myspace
- Lyrics at Irish Music Central
- Excreting Songs - Glen Hansard in interview
- It's Just A Band A 56-minute documentary on 'The Frames' (2005).