Oscar winning singer-songwriter Glen Hansard (of Once and The Swell Season fame) is coming to QPAC for one night only.
In a career spanning 25 years, Hansard is best known for heading up the successful band The Frames, and for starring as a struggling musician in the 2007 film, Once. Directed by The Frames’ bassist, John Carney, Once turned out to be a massive success story, and Hansard and co-star Markéta Irglová won the Oscar for Best Original Song for Falling Slowly.
Hansard and Irglová also played shows together and released albums as The Swell Season; a documentary about the duo, simply titled The Swell Season, was released in 2011 to positive reviews.
Born in a rough suburb of Dublin, Hansard’s early passion for music spilled out into the streets when he quit school at 13 to become a busker. He formed The Frames in 1990, and their fourth album, For The Birds, eventually brought them international recognition in 2001.
By 2003, The Frames had gone from scraping by on bare-bones budgets to being a platinum-selling, stadium-headlining act. The group is still active, and released a ‘best of’ album, Longitude, to celebrate their 25th anniversary last year.
Hansard’s second solo album, Didn’t He Ramble, was also released last year, and it’s that record that brings Hansard to Oz with an all-star band including piano, strings and a brass section.
A self-described “battler”, Hansard has sold out venues like The Hollywood Bowl, the London Palladium, New York’s Radio City Music Hall and the Sydney Opera House, and performed duets with the likes of Eddie Vedder, Bruce Springsteen and Ed Sheeran.
Glen Hansard will appear live in concert at QPAC’s Concert Hall on Tuesday 18 October. Tickets go on sale this Friday 10 June at qpac.com.au.