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Glen Hansard goes with his own name this time

for Journal Register Newspapers

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Glen Hansard has done quite a bit -- leading a band (the Frames), being part of an Academy Award-winning duo (the Swell Season) and then watching that film, "Once," turn into a Tony Award-sweeping musical.

But it's only this year that Glen Hansard has released an album under his own name, putting out "Rhythm and Repose" in June.

"I guess for every musician, any guy who plays guitar and sings a song, for any guy whose heroes are Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen...I suppose at some point you grow into it," says the 42-year-old Irish native. "Maybe you're always ready, but you grow into this idea of 'OK, I think Glen Hansard is a good band name.' You reach that point in your life where it's right, and I think that's what's happened with me."

Hansard hasn't given up on his other concerns, however. The other members of the Frames are backing him on his solo our "deserve a medal" after not having an album to work on since 2006, although Hansard promises that will happen soon.

The Swell Season is another matter, however. "The only reason the Swell Season will happen again is if Marketa (Irglova, Hansard's former girlfriend) and myself find ourselves back in a room together making music," he explains. "It has to be organic; we have to sit down, play some tunes to each other and see what comes of it.

"We wouldn't want to go back to it to play gigs and make money or anything like that. It's a different relationship, and one you can't force. We do get along great and we do sit down and make music together, but you can't rely on it."

Glen Hansard and Iron & Wine perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Michigan Theater, 603E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $40. Call 734-668-8463 or visit www.michtheater.org.

Web Site: www.michtheater.org

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