Despite his notoriety for his performance in the Oscar-winning film, Once, along with his musical work as the frontman for The Frames, Glen Hansard manages to somehow keep a low profile. Having spent Christmas helping out local homeless charities in Dublin with his annual Christmas busk, he has also been busy writing, producing and touring, and recently received a Grammy nomination in the Best Folk Album category for his latest album, Didn’t He Ramble (2015). This spring will see Hansard and his band travel all over Europe, taking to the stage of Barcelona’s BARTS theatre as part of the city’s annual Mil·lenni Festival. As his second solo album, the lyrics show a new side to Hansard—less romance and more wisdom—that seem to be more of a reflection on the past. With prayer-like words of support, Hansard sings us through his life experiences, focusing on encapsulating specific feelings. His sound has become a bit more country, mixed with bluegrass and folk. One thing Hansard has not changed is his ability to play a great live show. Constantly gigging around Ireland in intimate settings, he is well used to performing, guaranteeing that his show in BARTS will be a great session.
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