The Swell Season

The Swell Season



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In 2005, Glen Hansard (from the Irish band, The Frames) and Marketa Irglova (classically trained Czech pianist and vocalist), recorded an album together in Prague while working together on the soundtrack of Jan Hrebejk’s movie, Beauty In Trouble. ‘The Swell Season’ was released in April 2006 and also featured two Interference musicians, Marja Tuhkanen (violin) and Bertrand Galen (cello). In many ways, it was to prove partly inspirational for John Carney’s ‘Once’, a low-budget Irish indie film that turned out to be the most successful independent feature of 2007. The pair not only wrote the songs for the movie, but they both starred in it as well.

Since the release of the film Glen and Marketa have toured extensively as The Swell Season and in February 2008 they took the Academy Award in the Best Original Song category for ‘Falling Slowly’.

Their new album Strict Joy will be released on the 27th of October. The record borrows its name from a work by Irish poet James Stephens and features a host of other accomplished musicians.

Featured Songs

Song Title Val's Playlist Genre Tempo Length Hear Song
Low Rising Alternative Slow 4:47 Hear Song