Bratislava is set once again to welcome Irish singer songwriter Glen Hansard, who as part of his European tour promoting his latest album Rhythm and Repose will be treating audiences in Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic to his own special repertoire of heartfelt lyrics and melodies.
No stranger to playing in Central Europe, also thanks to his successful partnership with Czech musician Marketa Irglova in the film Once and as part of The Swell Season project, this time round he will be taking the stage at the Sprudel & Musik Festival in Gossl am Grundlsee in Austria on 17 August, before making his way to Atelier Babylon in Bratislava on 18 August and Prague Castle on 20 August.
Glen’s prolific career spans almost three decades, in which time he has toured with Bob Dylan, picked up a Bafta award for his role in Alan Parker’s film The Commitments, an Oscar and Grammy for best song in the film Once (for Falling Slowly), and another Grammy for best film score for the same. Glen has captivated audiences worldwide thanks to the unpretentious honesty of his songs, which lay bare both the pains and pleasures of the human experience, or as he himself once put it “No shit, no roses!. This is driven home each time he plays, as he puts his whole heart and soul into every performance.
Born in 1970, Glen could hardly have been anything else in life but a musician, with him busking on the streets of Dublin already at the age of 13. It wasn’t long before his unique style shot him into the limelight with his first band The Frames, still something of a household name in Ireland and elsewhere decades later.
The tickets for Glen’s concerts tend to vanish fast, so if it is not too late, take our recommendation and get along to see one of the world’s most acclaimed, but still possibly highly underrated, songwriters of contemporary times. For more information, go to his website at or from the ticket portal at http://www.orepole.sk/.