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Glen Hansard

Recap: Holiday Cheer for FUV 2013

by Kara Manning
Photo by Gus Philippas

Spirited, soulful and totally sold out, 2013's Holiday Cheer for FUV benefit exceeded our wildest expectations. The enthusiastic camaraderie onstage made for an especially focused, familial celebration, inspired by past (and we'd guess future) collaborations between this diverse group of musician friends gathered at the Beacon Theatre on a frigid December evening. It was FUV’s third year at this storied venue for the concert, on a night made even more festive courtesy of a brief snowfall earlier that day.

The boldly hirsute Sam Beam of Iron & Wine was the St. Nick-like ringleader for the three hour show with “house band” Calexico — an onstage reunion for Beam and Calexico who had collaborated together on the 2005 EP In The Reins. Calexico co-founder Joey Burns acted as bandleader, guiding every set from guests Nick Lowe, Glen Hansard, Kathleen Edwards, Amos Lee and Beth Orton.

Cheers for Glen Hansard

by Laura Fedele

Sure, we all loved Once (the movie), and that great song that won him an Oscar. But that's just a small piece of a career that brought Glen Hansard from his teenage busking roots in Dublin to stages all over the world.

Glen Hansard - Words and Music - 2012

by Claudia Marshall
Conor Masterson

Glen Hansard is almost too many things to fit into one package: singer-songwriter and guitarist in The Frames and The Swell Season, actor in The Commitments and Once, and Oscar-winning composer for the tune "Falling Slowly"—to name a few. But Hansard has just put out his first-ever solo album, Rhythm and Repose, and it's a beauty. He's also been spending more time in New York City, and ahead of his big Beacon Theatre show, Glen made a return trip to FUV to talk about his latest adventures and songs.

Bono and Glen at the Living Room

by John Platt

You never know who's gonna pop up at The Living Room. Two months ago Norah Jones was the de facto opening act for my monthly On Your Radar showcase at the Living Room. She did an unannounced set with her new band as a tune up for South by Southwest.

"Once" Is More Than Enough

by John Platt

“Once” was an underdog of a movie. Made on a shoestring, released in the U.S. in 2007 and winner of the 2008 Oscar for Best Song “Falling Slowly,” it was a much-loved, beautiful little movie set in Dublin about an Irish street busker and a Czech immigrant, who meet, make music together, and fall in love. It’s been turned into a play. After a successful run Off Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop it’s opening tonight at Bernard Jacobs Theater  (appropriately the day after St Patrick’s Day), and it’s just lovely.