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Interview:
The Swell Season Enjoying Wake Of Oscar Spotlight
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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As the Swell Season, singersongwriters Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova are not merely cashing in on their success in the 2007 fi lm “Once.”

The duo, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly,” on the “Once” soundtrack, actually dubbed themselves the Swell Season and released an album by that name in 2006, comprised of songs they wrote for Czech director Jan Hrebejk’s “Beauty in Trouble.” Hansard and Irglova’s personal history goes back even farther, however.

“Me and Mar have known each other about seven years,” says Hansard, 38, frontman of the Irish rock band the Frames who met Irglova, 20, through her father, Czech concert promoter Valasske Mezirici. “She was really brilliant, even back then, and we wrote a bunch of songs and then (Hrebejk) heard the two of us and asked us to submit him a couple of songs for ... ‘Beauty in Trouble.’

“So we got an album out of that and (‘Once’ director and former Frames bassist) John (Carney) heard some things on there that he liked,” including “Falling Slowly,” which was also recorded by the Frames, and three other songs for the “Once” soundtrack.

“Once” has certainly given a boost to the Swell Season; Hansard and Irglova, who are romantically involved, also recorded a version of Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” for the soundtrack to “I’m Not There.” But Hansard, who also appeared in the 1991 film “The Commitments,” remains committed to the music and isn’t looking for another film project any time soon.

“I don’t buy the whole musicianactor idea,” he says. “I think Tom Waits does it very, very well, and I can think of very few others. Kris Kristofferson did it amazingly. But I just find the whole idea of being an allaround entertainer a bit embarrassing.

“But (Carney) is talking about making another movie about (the ‘Once’ characters) at some point. We can call it ‘Twice,’ then the third one would be called ‘Three Times a Lady.’ “



The Swell Season and Damien Dempsey perform Saturday (May 10)at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre com

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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