Grammy recipients have appeared on Austin City Limits numerous times; it’s a rare thing for Oscar winners to grace the stage in studio 6A. But that is indeed the case as we welcome Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglová, also known as the Swell Season.
After appearing in the film The Commitments, the Irish-born Hansard assembled his long-running band the Frames, who have released half a dozen albums since 1990. Encouraged by her father, the Czech-born Irglová started playing piano and guitar as a child. The pair met in Valašské Mezíňčí, collaborating on the 2006 album named after one of Hansard’s favorite novels (and from which they took their name). The duo starred in the indie film Once, in which they played struggling musicians; both celluloid and CD soundtrack brought further acclaim. Then the song “Falling Slowly” – found on both Once and The Swell Season – was nominated for and ultimately won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, bringing wider attention to the pair’s lovely, finely crafted music. We’re happy to be part of their career’s upward swing. Please join us in welcoming the debut ACL performance of the Swell Season.