Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard is no stranger to television, having performed live in front of a global audience when he won the Best Original Song Oscar for 'Falling Slowly' from the movie 'Once' back in 2008. Last night (Dec 4), he returned to the boob tube with a guest appearance on the NBC family drama 'Parenthood,' where he turned in a performance of 'High Hope,' a tune from his debut solo album, this year's 'Rhythm and Repose' (watch above).
Glen Hansard knows how you feel. The Oscar-winning crooner has one of the most vulnerable, as well as most affecting, voices in the singer-songwriter racket -- a man of a million sympathies. While the male half of the Swell Season doesn’t branch out far on ‘Rhythm and Repose,’ his first solo album gives your heartstrings nearly as great a tug at anything he’s done.
Glen Hansard is obviously stoked that the Broadway musical based on the 2006 film 'Once' (which he stars in with Markéta Irglová) cleaned up at the Tony Awards recently, but he'll be the first person to admit he wasn't really involved -- or interested -- in adapting his music for the production.
He's now a solo artist in his own right, but for a lot of fans, Glen Hansard will always be one-half of the Swell Season, the alt-folk duo that got its start in the gracefully unspooling frames of the hit 2007 film 'Once.' So even though he's prepping the release of his first solo album, he understands why people are still asking about a Swell Season reunion -- just don't expect it to happen any time soon.