Promising more dates to come, Glen Hansard of Ireland’s The Frames has announced shows for Melbourne and Perth in October.
Glen Hansard in concert is a truly transformative experience, whether solo, with The Frames, with Irglová in the duo The Swell Season or, as Australia will experience him in his forthcoming tour, with an 11-piece group including piano, strings and a brass section, Hansard delivers, his voice sweeping from a whisper to a defiant roar one moment, from heartache to celebration the next and taking his audiences along with him.
Born in a less than salubrious northside suburb of Dublin, Hansard’s early passion for music literally spilled out into the streets when he quit school at 13 to live the life of the busker, a life to which even now he’ll occasionally return and which he was able to so poignantly portray in Once. The Broadway adaptation, Once, The Musical, has won eight Tony Awards and an Olivier award. Hansard formed The Frames in 1990. Their fourth album, 2001’s For The Birds, brought them international recognition. The band fought every inch of the way, touring incessantly and recording and releasing albums on bare-bones budgets. By 2003, The Frames were a platinum-selling, stadium-headlining act in their home country and heading that way around the world. To mark their 25th anniversary last year The Frames released a best of album, Longitude.
Former Frames bass player John Carney, now a filmmaker, directed Once, and another Frames alumnus, guitarist and Grammy Award winner David Odlum, co-produced, with Thomas Bartlett (The National, Sufjan Stevens), Hansard’s second solo album, 2015’s Didn’t He Ramble, so it’s obvious that Hansard is a man who treasures friendship and loyalty as much as passionate musicianship.
GLEN HANSARD’S ‘DIDN’T HE RAMBLE’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Wednesday 26th October
Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Saturday 29th October
Astor Theatre, Perth
Other dates soon to be announced