Glen Hansard – Tickets – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR – October 4th, 2012

Glen Hansard

True West Presents

Glen Hansard

The Lost Brothers

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Crystal Ballroom

Portland, OR


This event is all ages

Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard is an Academy Award winning singer songwriter who was born in Dublin, Ireland, 21 April 1970. He is the vocalist and guitarist for the musical groups, The Swell Season and The Frames. Born to a working-class family, Hansard quit school at age thirteen to begin busking on local Dublin streets. It was during this time that Glen would meet a number of the musicians who would become his friends for life, as well become the back story for his character in the film, Once.
At the age of seventeen, Glen's demo ended up in the hands of Island Records' Denny Cordell (Tom Petty and Joe Cocker) who signed him with the approval of Island founder Chris Blackwell. From there, he quickly gathered a group of fellow buskers and formed The Frames. Around the same time Glen was cast to play the guitar player 'Outspan Foster' in the Alan Parker film The Commitments. The film led to many accolades and opportunities, most of which Glen turned down to focus solely on The Frames.

The Frames have to date released six critically acclaimed records and been recognized the world over as one of the best live bands on the planet. Their debut was the grunge-influenced Another Love Song, though it was the follow up, 96's Fitzcarraldo that brought the band a wider level of recognition in Ireland and the U.S. Their next release Dance the Devil was another critical and commercial victory, yet their label thought different. Something the band had become far more familiar with than they'd hope. Throughout it though Hansard was becoming more and more recognized as one of the best songwriters of his generation. Known for his on stage banter and all around ability to entertain.

In 1999, Hansard and the band traveled to Chicago to record with noted engineer, Steve Albini and made what many consider still to this date their best record to date, for the birds. In Ireland the record was issued on the band's own label and so have all subsequent releases in their native land. Outside of Ireland, Hansard and the band began working with noted independent label, Anti Records. The next few years would be more records, Burn the Maps and The Cost and more touring and appearances at festivals like Bonnaroo and Coachella. Together this brought the band to an even larger audience and turned them into one of Ireland's biggest musical exports.

In 2005 Hansard began writing songs for a film that was loosely based on his own life. His friend and one time Frame band member and busker, John Carney was now a director and had secured funding for a project he was calling "Busker". The story about a street musician and an immigrant street vendor who strike up a friendship, ended up being renamed Once and was filmed in 2006 during a break in The Frames schedule. After the actor scheduled to play the lead stepped out, Hansard who hadn't acted since his role in The Commitment's was pressed into the role of the "guy". The "girl" or female lead would go to his friend and musical collaborator on the project, Marekta Irglova.

Once went to Sundance in January 2007 with little to no expectation. The movie was made for around $150,000 and stared a complete unknown in Irglov and a relative unknown in Hansard. The film featured a score by the two of them and somehow managed to win the World Cinema Audience Award. The movie was released to critical acclaim in May of the same year and the pair was singled out for both their acting and singing performances. Throughout 2007 they performed songs from the film christening their new musical project, The Swell Season.

At the start of 2008, one of the songs Hansard wrote with Irglova for Once "Falling Slowly" was nominated for and subsequently won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Hansard went on a very short list of Irish natives who have won an Academy Award. Hansard and Irglov performed the song live on the Oscar broadcast at the famous Kodak Theater introducing them and their new band to an even wider audience. Their acceptance speech was one of the highlights of the telecast. After Hansard spoke, Irglvoa was preempted by the orchestra's music cue to leave the stage. For the first time in the history of the awards show, a winner was invited back to finisher their speech and a classic Oscar moment was born.

Throughout 2008, Hansard continued to tour as The Swell Season covering the world twice over. In Ireland, Hansard's status as a musician was elevated to a level where he was being mentioned with some of Ireland's greatest performers. Stateside where the film had it's largest audience, he was an overnight sensation, albeit one fifteen years in the making!

At the start of 2009 Hansard and Irglova entered the studio to record their follow up to the Once soundtrack. Strict Joy was released in fall of 2009 and featured ten new Hansard originals. For most of 2010 they toured the world in support of the record before winding down in October of that year. During this window of time Hansard would find himself spending more and more time in New York City, a city he now lovingly refers to as his second home because he's there so often.

Hansard has continued to keep himself busy. He recently completed a 20th Anniversary tour with his band, The Frames, and will be active in 2011 with performances at festivals and one-off's as part of The Frames and The Swell Season and additionally as a solo artist. He is set to open the U.S. set of dates for Eddie Vedder as simply, Glen Hansard in Summer 2011. Both he and Irglova are enjoying some much deserved and needed time away from the spotlight before beginning work on new record. In the meantime, there will have no shortage of things to keep him busy.
The Lost Brothers
The Lost Brothers
Some say The Lost Brothers sound like a ragged Everly Brothers.
Others say they sound like The Lost Brothers.
It is said that The Lost Brothers formed four years ago in the summer heat of Liverpool.
It is also said that The Lost Brothers wrote a book of songs that autumn, and in the dead of winter they recorded the songs in an attic in Portland, Oregon.
We know that The Lost Brothers released these songs on their debut album (trails of the lonely) to a heap of praise from the likes of NME,The Irish Times, Word magazine, Hot Press, and their fans (losties).
Through the following year, The Lost Brothers have been spotted in person, performing at Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Texas (SXSW), New York, Portland, Toronto, Paris, and a hop, skip and jump across the land of the UK and their beloved Ireland. In their journeys they have toured and played along with many, including Richard Hawley, M Ward, Jolie Holland, The Handsome Family, The Swell Season,Sam Amidan, Micah P Hinson, Richmond Fontaine, Brendan Benson, Jimmy Webb, Justine Townes Earle, Mountain Man,Squeeze among others.They have also performed on RTE's Other Voices,France 24, and on the BBC Culture Show
In 2011 the band travelled to Nashville where they worked on new songs with Brendan Benson as producer. Some of Old Crow Medicine Show and the Cardinals lent a hand in the studio.Later in 2012 this album will be released on Brendan Benson's record label- Redaymade Records.While in Nashville the brothers also caught the ear of the Barbara Orbison's office where they recorded a song for the 75th Roy Orbison anniversary album.In June 2011 The Lost Brothers shared the bill with Bob Dylan and Van Morrison at the London Feis.This year the Lost Brothers opened the Electric Picnic on the main stage.
The band have travelled to the US in October last year where they performed at Other Voices New York alongside Martha Wainright,Roddy Doyle and many others.
Over 12 days in 2010 The Lost Brothers recorded their second album in Sheffield with producer Colin Elliot with some of Richard Hawleys band lending a hand in the studio.This album is entitled "So Long John Fante" and is now available on Bird Dog Recordings.It is the second studio album release from the Lost Brothers and it was released in Ireland in November 2011.It has received rave reviews from the Irish Times,Hot Press, the Irish Exaiminer among many others. .In January and February 2012 the brothers toured Ireland as part of the prestigious Certian Three Tour after their very successful performance on The Late Late Show.

Details of the UK release for So long John Fante are coming soon and Uk and Irish festival appearances for 2012 will be announced soon….the trail continues.