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A Musician's Life: The Swell Season

From: WXPN
Series: A Musician's Life
Length: 05:00

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On this edition of "A Musician's Life" Tracey Tanenbaum speaks with Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of The Swell Season. Most people will remember the pair from the 2007 surprise hit movie "Once". The film won an Oscar for Best Original Song, "Falling Slowly". The pair is back with a new album called "Strict Joy". Read the full description.

Swellseason_small In 2007 Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova starred in the independent movie, "Once".  Glen Hansard played a struggling street musician.  Irglova portrayed a poor Czeck immigrant.  The pair discover a musical chemistry and fall in love.  Irglova and Hansard had performed together prior to the movie in the act The Swell Season.  But the film catapulted their careers.  And in a case of life immitating art, the two musicians became romantically involved.  The pair broke up in early 2009 but they continue to make music together.  Their latest album is called "Strict Joy".

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In 2007 Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova starred in the independent movie, "Once".  Glen Hansard played a struggling street musician.  Irglova portrayed a poor Czeck immigrant.  The pair discover a musical chemistry and fall in love.  Irglova and Hansard had performed together prior to the movie in the act The Swell Season.  But the film catapulted their careers.  And in a case of life immitating art, the two musicians became romantically involved.  The pair broke up in early 2009 but they continue to make music together.  Their latest album is called "Strict Joy".