"Not interested in all that," he scoffs, "and I'm not on the social media." Though he did make the gossip pages recently, photographed mid-singsong in an Irish pub with the American comedian du jour Amy Schumer. "I didn't even know who she was." When you listen to the rough-hewn beauty of Didn't He Ramble, it becomes clear why Bob Dylan invited him on tour, and why his band, the Frames (currently on hiatus), have found success the world over since forming in 1990. "Early on, we worked out it would take us 60 years of touring here before we filled a room, at which point we just thought fuck having to beg this place for acceptance. "I'd started getting into trouble – drinking, glue, the usual stuff. Dad was drunk the whole time, hardly a figure of authority. He wasn't." Guidance came instead in the form of his headmaster, who took Hansard aside one day, concerned.
is an Irish songwriter, actor, vocalist and guitarist for Irish group The Frames, and one half of folk rock duo The Swell Season.
By the time he was 30, his musical talent had brought him wealth and fame, depression and tragedy.
Here, the Irish musician reveals how a rock'n'roll friendship got him back on an even keel - and what he did when family members came looking for cash...
Marketa requested a song from The Frames which she had heard and grown to love called Star Star**.
The once-storybook romance between Swell Season musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova received the final nail in its coffin today, as Irglova announced her recent marriage to “the most beautiful man [she] ever met.” It wasn’t Hansard.
"It's an old Land Rover Defender, and I'm restoring it," he says, blue eyes blazing.
The family hosted a welcoming party upon the bands arrival in their home town.
Greetings were exchanged, and many songs were sang as is the custom when both Irish and Czech people get together.
co-star and bandmate Marketa Irglova, but each of those wins came with a price: Hansard and Irglova found it difficult to navigate their post-awards fame (and in one memorable conversation in the documentary, Hansard scraps with his Oscar-obsessed parents), which eventually led to several fights and the dissolution of their relationship.
Hansard hasn't given any interviews about the movie until now, but as Vulture found out, he had plenty to say about that time in his life, and how he and Irglova have moved on since — she, with new husband Tim Iseler.