The film had its United States 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.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 the music-infused Irish film Once, in which Hansard plays a Dublin busker, and Irglová an immigrant street vendor.I've always loved nuts and bolts." Hansard is one of Ireland's most successful musicians, an Oscar-winning songwriter, and far more the folk troubadour of tradition than he is modern-day celebrity. We've done all right." Raised in the Ballymun area of Dublin as the second of four children, Hansard quit school at 13, intent on becoming a busker. They were young – they had me when they were 19 – and still figuring things out."Not interested in all that," he scoffs, "and I'm not on the social media." Though he did make the gossip pages recently, photographed mid-singsong in an Irish pub with the American comedian du jour Amy Schumer. "I didn't even know who she was." When you listen to the rough-hewn beauty of Didn't He Ramble, it becomes clear why Bob Dylan invited him on tour, and why his band, the Frames (currently on hiatus), have found success the world over since forming in 1990. "Early on, we worked out it would take us 60 years of touring here before we filled a room, at which point we just thought fuck having to beg this place for acceptance. "I'd started getting into trouble – drinking, glue, the usual stuff. Dad was drunk the whole time, hardly a figure of authority. He wasn't." Guidance came instead in the form of his headmaster, who took Hansard aside one day, concerned.On the pair's recently released album, "Strict Joy," fans can hear their relationship disintegrating. I'd say a breakup is definitely in it, because that's the truth of the life that we've been living."Emotionally rich with an understated sonic daring, "Strict Joy" expands the Swell Season sound beyond the sparse beauty of the songs of "Once." Selections such as "Low Rising" and "The Rain" once again contrast Hansard's zealous vocals and Irglová's delicate backing harmonies but add in fuller arrangements with light orchestral flourishes."How I felt about the original Swell Season record is that it was beautiful, but it was quite black and white," Hansard said.
In 2003, he presented the television programme Other Voices: Songs from a Room, which showcased Irish music talent on RTÉ.
There's a logic and satisfaction to fixing things you could never get from songwriting." Hardly a sentiment one might anticipate from a singer-songwriter whose new solo album, Didn't He Ramble, might just be his most personal, and loveliest, yet; but Hansard is nothing if not a plain speaker. "Songs are these weird, ethereal things – like birds that land in the garden you try to coax into the room.
It's all very abstract compared with nuts and bolts.
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, including an Academy Award for Best Song.
"When the phone rang off the hook, which was great, 90% of what we were being offered is stuff we would never have done anyway, regardless of whether we had made 'Once' or not," Hansard said.