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Glen Hansard

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Glen Hansard

The Lost Brothers

Thu, September 20, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA


This event is all ages

Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard
Didn't He Ramble, the second solo outing from acclaimed singer songwriter Glen Hansard, will be released September 18 via Anti- Records. The new album is his first in over three years and follows 2012's solo debut Rhythm & Repose, which Billboard hailed as "Hansard at his most engaging," while The Wall Street Journal furthered, "Hansard's distinguishing trait as a songwriter is a heavy-handed earnestness."

As a special preview, the video for the album's single "Winning Streak" is premiering now as an NPR Music First Watch. Of the video, director Braden King explains, "Glen and I talked a lot about the way in which every life is a fight, a struggle. No matter who you are. No matter what you do. They're all different and they all never end. For me, the song is about that struggle we all face in our own ways and about who has your back along the way. There is no end to it. We may get momentary rests along the way but they are fleeting. We all have to get up again and get back into the ring. And you know, sometimes, those who are the hardest on us are the ones who get us through. The way this turned out, the song kind of became the spirit of this place, the blood running through all these boxers veins. And I love the way in which Glen haunts and inspires it all."

Didn't He Ramble was produced by Thomas Bartlett (The National, Sufjan Stevens), a frequent collaborator of Hansard's, and Grammy winner and former Frames band-mate David Odlum (Paloma Faith, Tinariwen). The album, which was recorded in New York, Dublin, Chicago and France, is Hansard's most intimate and elegant record since his work in Once and features guest appearances by John Sheahan (Dubliners), Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) and Sam Amidon.

While the journey to finishing the record was a long one, the reward of finally arriving at the end line was well worth it. Hansard explains, "I feel I've really dug deep for these songs, and I've been chasing specific ideas asking myself 'what is it I'm trying to say with this line or idea?' One would hope that through all of this that you find your voice. And, amazingly, you might find it in the smallest gesture of a song."

Glen Hansard is the celebrated principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for the influential Irish group The Frames. Whether busking the streets of Dublin, where he got his start, or headlining a gig, Hansard has garnered a reputation as an unparalleled frontman.

Hansard is also one half of the acclaimed duo The Swell Season. In 2007, he and Czech songstress Markéta Irglová took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly" off the Once soundtrack. In 2013, the Broadway adaptation, Once, The Musical, won eight Tony Awards including the top musical prize itself.

As a solo artist he has sold-out shows worldwide and performed on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Show with David Letterman," "Tavis Smiley," and has been featured on the Emmy Award-winning program "CBS Sunday Morning."
The Lost Brothers
The Lost Brothers
Some say The Lost Brothers sound like a ragged Everly Brothers.
Others say they sound like The Lost Brothers.
It is said that The Lost Brothers formed four years ago in the summer heat of Liverpool.
It is also said that The Lost Brothers wrote a book of songs that autumn, and in the dead of winter they recorded the songs in an attic in Portland, Oregon.
We know that The Lost Brothers released these songs on their debut album (trails of the lonely) to a heap of praise from the likes of NME,The Irish Times, Word magazine, Hot Press, and their fans (losties).
Through the following year, The Lost Brothers have been spotted in person, performing at Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Texas (SXSW), New York, Portland, Toronto, Paris, and a hop, skip and jump across the land of the UK and their beloved Ireland. In their journeys they have toured and played along with many, including Richard Hawley, M Ward, Jolie Holland, The Handsome Family, The Swell Season,Sam Amidan, Micah P Hinson, Richmond Fontaine, Brendan Benson, Jimmy Webb, Justine Townes Earle, Mountain Man,Squeeze among others.They have also performed on RTE's Other Voices,France 24, and on the BBC Culture Show
In 2011 the band travelled to Nashville where they worked on new songs with Brendan Benson as producer. Some of Old Crow Medicine Show and the Cardinals lent a hand in the studio.Later in 2012 this album will be released on Brendan Benson's record label- Redaymade Records.While in Nashville the brothers also caught the ear of the Barbara Orbison's office where they recorded a song for the 75th Roy Orbison anniversary album.In June 2011 The Lost Brothers shared the bill with Bob Dylan and Van Morrison at the London Feis.This year the Lost Brothers opened the Electric Picnic on the main stage.
The band have travelled to the US in October last year where they performed at Other Voices New York alongside Martha Wainright,Roddy Doyle and many others.
Over 12 days in 2010 The Lost Brothers recorded their second album in Sheffield with producer Colin Elliot with some of Richard Hawleys band lending a hand in the studio.This album is entitled "So Long John Fante" and is now available on Bird Dog Recordings.It is the second studio album release from the Lost Brothers and it was released in Ireland in November 2011.It has received rave reviews from the Irish Times,Hot Press, the Irish Exaiminer among many others. .In January and February 2012 the brothers toured Ireland as part of the prestigious Certian Three Tour after their very successful performance on The Late Late Show.

Details of the UK release for So long John Fante are coming soon and Uk and Irish festival appearances for 2012 will be announced soon….the trail continues.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123