It’s difficult to relay the joy that rippled through the CXCW office when Tony and Catherine revealed that Glen Hansard had moseyed onto the scene when they were filming for the Irish showcase and had kindly participated in some videos. (Shrieking – there may have been shrieking.) If you don’t know Glen from his recent solo work, perhaps you know him from his brilliant career as a part of magnificent rock band the Frames. If you don’t know him from those, maybe you remember him as Outspan in the film The Commitments. If, by some chance, you still can’t place him, perhaps you know him from his starring role in a quiet, little indie film called Once (and the Oscar he and Marketa Irglova won for feature track “Falling Slowly”) and the subsequent music made by Glen and Marketa Irglova as the Swell Season.
Tony says, “So, after he played some songs with Tommy, we filled Glen in on the festival, and told him we’d be around the next day to record myself and Gráinne’s songs. He said he’d pop in, and true to his word, he arrived the following evening for two songs.
First up was ‘Maybe Not Tonight’, from his solo album. Glen has invited Gráinne up on stage a couple of times to sing this song with him, and handed over the vocal to her for this video.”
Tony continues, “Anyone who’s been to a gig by The Frames or Glen is likely to have heard ‘Heyday’ by the late, great Mic Christopher. I can’t quite express how delighted I am that we got to record this song for CXCW…”
Tony adds, “If you haven’t already heard Mic’s music, check out Skylarkin. It’s an absolute classic.
And if you can find it, track down a copy of Sham, by his band The Maryjanes.
Two of my favourite albums ever.”
As a number of CXCW attendees may already know, Glen has just released a tribute EP to the late Jason Molina called It Was Triumph We Once Proposed. You can get it here.