Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová of The Swell Season
THE SWELL SEASON is made up of Markéta Irglová and Glen Hansard, who will, once again, be reuniting for an extended run of dates in celebration of the 15th (and counting) anniversary of their film Once. The duo reconvened for the first time in ten years last March of 2022 for a limited number of sold-out shows. The response was so overwhelmingly positive they’d hoped to do more shows sooner, but in these modern times tomorrow is five days and next month is next year. Thus, these shows are right on time.
Irglová and Hansard came to prominence starring in the 2007 film Once and winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song with their composition “Falling Slowly” in 2008. A year later they released the critically acclaimed album Strict Joy before branching out into solo careers. The two remained in regular contact over the years making appearances on each other’s records or on stages randomly whenever paths would cross. The shows in 2022 were extension of their never ending bond and friendship.
In 2012, Once, The Musical debuted and went on to be nominated for eleven Tonys, winning eight including Best Musical. It ran for three years on Broadway and is currently still in production as a touring musical. Over the course of the last decade, Once, in all its iterations, has become a modern classic and a cultural touchstone being referenced in everything from The Simpsons to Ted Lasso. The fan base created by this modern masterpiece looms large in the minds and hearts of many.
Irglová and Hansard have been incredibly busy in the last year and outside of their upcoming tour, each have a number of projects in the works, as well not ruling out the possibility of new music together.