Glen Hansard – “Didn’t He Ramble” – This is a stripped down version of the song fond on the 2016 EP A Season On The Line.
I had a hard time choosing between this live performance and the studio version. This one lets you see what a well constructed song it is and it stands on it’s own really well. But man, when the horns come in on the chorus in the studio version, it is just killer. You should definitely go check it out.
Glen Hansard and current tour mate Lisa Hannigan stopped by Chicago’s Architectural Artifacts Inc. to play a cover of The Band’s classic song “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” for the A.V. Club as a part of their Undercover: Summer Break series. I absolutely love this rendition of this phenomenal song. I hope that Hansard takes the time to record this song someday. I couldn’t stop listening to it when I stumbled upon it last week. I just love all three of those voices and the passion with which they sing. The other guy joining them and singing the second verse is John Smith, a folk artist that has been playing with Hannigan on this current tour.
Irish singer/songwriter, Glen Hansard, of The Frames and The Swell Season fame, stopped in to record another Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices. If you’ve never seen one of these intimate concerts, you are really missing out. Imagine one of your favorite artists just showed up at your office and decided to sit behind your desk and play a short little set for you. That’s exactly what the Tiny Desk Concerts are, and this particular show is pretty spectacular. Hansard came in and played a short little acoustic set that included 3 songs from his excellent new album, Rhythm & Repose. The other 2 songs he performed were an unfinished song that you won’t find on any of his albums called “Lucia” and “Come Away to the Water”, one of the 2 songs that he penned for the Hunger Games Soundtrack. I especially loved getting to hear Hansard play “Come Away to the Water”, as this song was unfortunately performed by Maroon 5’s Adam Levine on the soundtrack. Enjoy this tiny desk concert and be sure to check out his new album. Rhythm And Repose is one of our favorite albums of the year so far and is easily the best work he has recorded since 2007’s ‘Once’ Soundtrack.
I just got word that Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the creators of my second favorite album of 2007, are at it again. The oscar-winning duo, The Swell Season, are in the studio putting the finishing touches on their follow up to the incredible ‘Once’ soundtrack. Before this movie, Hansard was the lead singer of a fairly sucessful indie band called the Frames, and Irglova was an unknown Czech singer. But after the success of ‘Once,’ they were able to go on a sellout world tour, which was captured for a documentary that is coming out soon.
The new album is titled Strict Joy, which comes from the work of an Irish poet named James Stephens. It was co-produced by Hansard and Peter Katis (The National, Mates of State) and finds them acompanied by many of Hansard’s band-mates from the Frames as well as many other talented instrumentalists that have played with the likes of Leonard Cohen and Levon Helm. I haven’t had the opportunity to hear anything yet, but it’s set to be released September 29th on Anti-, and I am counting down the days.
Here is a live recording of the first track off the album and a fantastic cover of probably my favorite Van Morrison song.