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The Swell Season
Glen marketa derry 2006.jpgHansard and Irglová, in Derry, Northern Ireland, in April 2006
Background information
Also known asGlen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
OriginDublin, Ireland
GenresIndie folk, folk rock
Years active2005–2011
LabelsPlateau, ANTI-, Spunk, Sony
Associated actsThe Frames
MembersGlen Hansard
Markéta Irglová

The Swell Season is a folk rock duo formed by Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech singer and pianist Markéta Irglová. "The Swell Season" name is derived from Hansard's favourite novel by Josef Škvorecký from 1975 bearing the same title. Their debut album, released in 2006, carried the same name.

Since their rise to prominence after starring in the 2007 film Once, they increasingly referred to themselves as "The Swell Season" in promotion of their performances until it became the formal name of their collaboration in 2008. (They still used their separate names when they contributed their cover of Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" to the 2007 soundtrack of I'm Not There.)

From 2007 through 2010, a documentary film was made about Irglova and Hansard called The Swell Season. The documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in June 2011 to positive reviews.[1][2][3]


  • 1 History
  • 2 Discography
    • 2.1 Albums
    • 2.2 Singles
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


The self-titled first album came about after Hansard and Irglová were approached by the Czech film director Jan Hřebejk while touring in the Czech Republic, and were asked by him to record songs for his upcoming film Beauty in Trouble. It was the first album that Hansard, the singer for The Frames, had released independent of his band.

The tracks from the debut album "Falling Slowly" and "When Your Mind's Made Up" also appeared on The Frames' album The Cost, and "Falling Slowly", "When Your Mind's Made Up", "Lies" and "Leave" from the album also were on the Once soundtrack.

A follow up album, Strict Joy, was released on October 27, 2009 in the United States.[4] Three singles from the album have been released: "In These Arms," "Low Rising," and "Feeling the Pull."

Spin Magazine's review of Strict Joy gave the album 4 out of 5 stars. "If Glen Hansard's and Markéta Irglová's roles in the hit Irish indie film Once unintentionally wove the tale of their real-life falling in love, their second album as the Swell Season weaves the story of their falling out of it." SPIN.com [5]

In August 2010, The Swell Season covered Neutral Milk Hotel's "Two-Headed Boy" for The A.V. Club.[6]

At an August 19, 2010 concert at the Mountain Winery, a concert attendee leapt to his death from the roof of the venue onto the stage. The death was deemed a suicide.[7] The band provided and paid for group counseling sessions for concert attendees who witnessed the event.[8]

In a December 2011 interview in the Huffington Post with Irglová, she revealed that the Swell Season will probably release a third album when Hansard finishes with other commitments.[9]

Hansard and Irglová parodied their roles from Once in The Simpsons episode, In the Name of the Grandfather.

The pair still occasionally perform together, though not under The Swell Season title.


  • The Swell Season (2006)
  • Once Soundtrack (2007)
  • Strict Joy (2009)


  • "Falling Slowly" (2007)
  • "When Your Mind's Made Up" (2007)
  • "Falling Slowly" (2008, re-release, #61 Billboard Hot 100)
  • "Into the Mystic" (2008, part of "Before the Goldrush", the Teach For America Covers Project)
  • "In These Arms" (2009)
  • "Low Rising" (2009)
  • "Feeling the Pull" (2010)


  1. ^ Walsh, Barry (21 June 2011). "Silverdocs' "Swell" opening". Realscreen.com. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Gaffney, Frank J. "Communities — Voices and Insights - Washington Times". Communities.washingtontimes.com. Retrieved 2015-06-05. 
  3. ^ Holmes, Linda (21 June 2011). "'The Swell Season': How Documentaries Can Tell Stories We Don't Want To Hear". Npr.org. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived August 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "The Swell Season 'Strict Joy' Review". SPIN.com. October 27, 2009. 
  6. ^ Padgett, Ray (10 August 2010). "The Swell Season Bring Their Oscar-Winning Hollers to Neutral Milk Hotel". Covermesongs.com. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Berton, Justin (August 26, 2010). "Apparent suicide at Saratoga concert". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  8. ^ Evans, Rob (25 August 2010). "Swell Season urges counseling for fans who witnessed concert death". Soundspike.com. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Ragogna, Mike (January 21, 2012). "A Pomegranate & Billy Jack: Conversations with Once's Marketa Irglova and honeyhoney". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 

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