The Swell Season live at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, New York – September 17, 2008

Glen Hansard (of The Frames and The Commitments) and Markéta Irglová recorded an album together called The Swell Season, and now tour under the name. They fell in love while filming the excellent Once, and are now a couple. Interestingly, they got their Oscar-winning song “Falling Slowly” out of the way right away, perhaps to […]

The World’s Hardest Working Band, The Commitments

The Commitments remains a favorite, even some 17 years after first seeing it in the theater. I’ve owned the soundtrack since then, but for whatever reason, had not revisited one of my favorite films. But having recently seen and loved Once, costarring Commitments alum Glen Hansard, I was inspired to check it out one more […]

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová falling slowly in Once

Now this is a musical (of sorts) I can get behind. The unnamed “Guy” (Glen Hansard, already a rock star in The Frames and a movie star from The Commitments) is a street busker, playing popular songs for pennies during the day, and saving his own passionate compositions for the empty streets at night. “Girl” […]

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