Once. The Swell Season. The Frames. These are just a few of the names Glen Hansard claims on his musical résumé. From busking on Dublin's streets to winning an Academy Award, music has given Hansard quite the runaround. Ireland born and bred, he has spent his life dedicated to his craft, his passion for which is evident in every lyric and note he plays. Lucky for us, Hansard is gracing the is gracing the Charleston Music Hall’s stage this Sunday with support from The Lost Brothers.
"Falling Slowly" has become a cornerstone of romanticism in modern music, what with its popularity with singing competitions and the Academy Award for Best Original Song Hansard earned with it. Hansard may be a product of his influences—think Bob Dylan's grit, Nick Drake's lyricism, and a dash of Van Morrison's swagger—but no one can deny he has given birth to a creative brand all his own. He can go from using soft, vulnerable, tear-jerking vocals to harnessing a soul-awakening roar in the span of a chord change. Some songs from Hansard's solo album Rhythm and Repose like "Love Don't Leave Me Waiting" are groovy, flirty, and make you want to dance, but then he hits you with "What Are We Gonna Do," and suddenly you're crying into a pillow while reaching for the wine bottle opener.
Suffice to say, Glen Hansard is bound to please the crowd with an emotionally well-rounded live show that will undoubtedly leave us all a little teary eyed and smiley faced.
When: Sunday, February 8, 2015
Doors: 6:30 PM, Show: 7:30 PM
Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
How Much: $35 ADV & DOS