Wednesday, April 8, 2015

G is for Glen


Born in 1970, Glen Hansard hailed from Dublin, Ireland, a son of working class parents. At the age of thirteen, he left school to pursue music. Man, that takes guts! I'm not sure I could commit to a sandwich meat option at thirteen.


Early days were spent busking on the streets until a parent-funded demo tape reached Island Records. Gathering together some of his busking buddies produced the group The Frames. Their first album fell flat and they were dropped their record company. Glen took a hiatus in 1991 to play the role of guitarist Outspan Foster in Alan Parker's film, The Commitments.

Young Glen Hansard as Outspan Foster in The Commitments
Soon after, he returned to The Frames with a sense of purpose and the creative juices flowed. "Revelate" was the result - my all time favorite Frames tune.

A new chapter was about to begin for Glen. Cillian Murphy (the Irish Tom Cruise) had to back out of a little independent movie and the role was given to Hansard. This "little film" was Once and it allowed Hansard to achieve real exposure and fame. Along with singer Markéta Irglová, he embarked on a partnership that became The Swell Season. The song "Falling Slowly" from Once won an Oscar and later was brilliantly adapted to the stage. Once: The Musical won seven Tony awards. Not too shabby.

That red mop of hair, piercing green eyes and Irish accent plus musical excellence puts this awesome singer/songwriter on my list of favorites. And you know what they say - when your mind's made up...

(from the movie Once)

Oh, heck...let's see a few more:

The song "Lies" was also from Once.

The Frames didn't perform in Once, but their version of the Oscar-winning song 
"Falling Slowly" is my favorite version of it. While you're here, I might as well point 
out that I am a huge fan of violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire. Hang around for the finish.




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50 comments:

  1. Very interesting! I was unfamiliar with him.

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  2. A new one for me to explore, thanks!

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    1. It seems people either know him well or not at all - no in between.

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  3. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    I applaud you for avoiding predictable choices like G is for Glen Campbell, George Harrison, Georgie Fame, Great White, Grand Funk Railroad or The Go-Go's, and introducing a less well known artist that happens to be is a favorite of yours. This post is almost entirely uncharted territory for me. The only familiar reference is the film The Commitments which was part of a movie package purchased by my television station. We aired the film several times and I produced promos for it.

    I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Glen Hansard and listening to the soaring harmony and accomplished musicianship of Glen, The Frames and violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire.

    Thank you very much, dear friend Cherdo. Tomorrow is another travel day for me and I might not make it over here until late. Take care!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Shady! You might find H predictable, ha ha.

      Did you like The Commitments? I thought that movie was great.

      Today is my day to run - I'm out the door right now for my "long day" but I'm sending prayers for safe travel tomorrow. Be safe and I'll see you soon!

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    2. Yessum, I liked the movie. It was probably the first film I ever saw that was set in Ireland. I appreciated the fact that the band was inspired by American soul greats including Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and Percy Sledge.

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  4. Once was a very good film. I didn't know Murphy was originally to play the role. Hansard scored big there.

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    1. I didn't either...I'm a big Cillian Murphy fan, too. Glen Hansard said this in an interview.

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  5. I don't know him, but I love anything Irish so I'll have to check out his music. :) Thanks!

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  6. I didn't recognize him or (sadly) the song. I will admit, I liked what I heard, though.
    I guess I should get out more and enrich my horizons!

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    1. Ya gotta get off the sidewalk potty and see the world.

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  7. On the other hand, I bet he's never heard of ME, either.

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  8. Hi Cherdo

    Thanx for posting this singer. I haven't heard of him but don't you just love that beautiful Irish influence clearly coming thru in falling slowly in the singing and instrumentals. Do you think there are similarities with Enya and The Cranberries, with their music, a uniqueness traced to heritage/culture.

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    1. I think that Clannad, the Cranberries, Glen Hansard, all those groups really - just ooze their heritage in a GOOD way.

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  9. I don't remember this artist at all, but I love his style. Thanks for sharing his music!

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  10. I was expecting Glenn Fry. I like this Glenn a whole lot better.

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    1. And I spelled Glen wrong...sorry Glen.

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    2. Actually, I like Glen Fry, but he didn't even enter my mind. He was out-glenned.

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  11. First I've heard of him. First one was my favorite of the three

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    1. Those three are my big favorites.

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  12. I have never heard of him and I remember this song and was not a fan..oh well:)

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  13. CHERDO ~
    You came up with an interesting and very obscure choice for the letter G. I didn't know the first thing about this guy - didn't even recognize the name. However, I love the movie 'THE COMMITMENTS' and have seen it 2 or 3 times. Will probably see it again eventually.

    I love that part where the "Mod" or "Punk" character was trying to get into the band by singing... what was it? Some Barry Manilow song?

    Cherdo, always remember to skip the light fandango and turn cartwheels 'cross the floor.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Ha ha ha...I plod the heavy fandango and trip on the floor. Most likely, I'm carrying something breakable. Yep...dats how I roll.

      I love The Commitments - I think the music is good and it's pretty funny.

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  14. I have never heard of Glen before, but his guitar playing is great.

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  15. I also had never heard of him. I listened to the songs and none were familiar.

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    1. You'll have a homework assignment, Mike...

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  16. I'd never heard of him at all, but I feel like I miss out on about 80 percent of pop culture!

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    1. Somehow, I absorb it through my skin....my old, weird, freckled, wrinkly skin.

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  17. The Commitments ! ! !
    One of my favorite movies.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Yay! Grab the popcorn and let's watch it again!

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  18. I'm discovering him today for the first time. Such a talented fellow.

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  19. Strangely he reminded me of Mumford and Sons.

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  20. The only name I recognised in that whole post was Cillian Murphy :P I was very impressed by the songs though :)

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    1. Most people in the US wouldn't recognize Cillian's name - but they probably know his face.

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  21. I love The Commitments and Once and Falling Slowly.

    Love,
    Janie

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  22. The girl on the piano was cute, too!

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  23. I've never heard of this guy. However, I did see The Commitments (what a great movie!) and really need to watch it again. So much of the details are lost. I pretty much only remember that it was really really really good.

    Thanks for sharing Glen's music. I'll come back and listen more.... As usual, I'm pressed for time right now....

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    1. This is one of the singers on the list that you must, must, must listen to - he is awesome.

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    2. Today I had time to listen to the songs you posted. Yesterday, I think I played Falling Slowly while I read through the post and comments.

      I really liked Lies a lot. The first one was good, but not my favorite of the three. I still really like Falling Slowly. So, I guess that means I need to take some time and look up Glen Hansard and his music. Thank you for the introduction!

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo