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Louise McQuade

Glen Hansard to receive Oscar Wilde Award 2017

 Glen Hansard is one of Irish music’s leading lights. Photo: haak78/

Glen Hansard is one of Irish music’s leading lights. Photo: haak78/

One of the leading lights of Irish music for the past 25 years, Glen Hansard has been chosen as the recipient of the Oscar Wilde Award for 2017.

Glen Hansard began his career as a busker on the streets of Dublin. He formed his own band, The Frames, in 1990 and they went on to become one of the most revered Irish bands of all time.


He also appeared in the 1991 BAFTA-winning film, The Commitments.

In addition to releasing many albums with The Frames, including the magnificent, self-released breakthrough For The Birds.

Hansard and his Once co-star Marketa Irglova released the self titled album The Swell Season, as well as the Once soundtrack, and finally Strict Joy in 2009.

Hansard has toured and/or performed with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Ed Sheeran and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, among others.

His solo albums include Rhythm and Repose and last year’s Didn’t He Ramble, which received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Folk Album. His songs have been featured in the soundtracks of The Odd Life of Timothy Green and The Hunger Games.

He recorded a version of Bob Dylan’s ‘You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere’ for the 2007 film I’m Not There.

Hansard and Marketa Irglova won a 2007 Academy Award for Best Song with the wonderful ‘Falling Slowly’, featured in the film, Once. The pair also starred in the film.


Hansard was also producer, composer and lyricist for the musical stage adaptation of the film, which hit the stage in 2012.

The Broadway show received eleven Tony Award nominations and won eight, including for Best Musical.

The Oscar Wilde Awards was created to bring people together in the US and Ireland, in the hope that creative and business collaborations would result.

The event’s biggest success can be seen in the final scene of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which Abrams’ filmed on Skellig Michael, off the west coast of Ireland.


VAMPIRE Weekend are reportedly planning to release a new album next year.

The New York City band are said to be signing a new record deal with Columbia after fulfilling their previous contract with British indie label XL.

The album is reportedly scheduled for release between April and September next year. The band’s last album, ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’, came out in 2013. It debuted at Number One in both the UK and the US.


COLDPLAY have just confirmed the name of their new EP, but exact details of when in 2017 it will be ready are still up in the air. ‘Kaleidoscope’ will be Coldplay’s 12th EP.


Sundara Karma.     Photo: Christian Bertrand/

Sundara Karma. Photo: Christian Bertrand/

Sundara means ‘beautiful’ in Sanskrit, and this quartet live up to their name with some epic and anthemic indie rock, gaining comparisons from Arcade Fire to Bruce Springsteen.

The British rockers have picked up some buzz in their home country over the past two years, and they’re now set to release their debut album, Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect, on 6th January.

Ahead of that album they released EP, Loveblood, which was released in the US on November 4 and includes the brand-new single ‘Olympia.’

With huge influences from Arcade Fire and The Maccabees, Sundara Karma may sound pretty familiar, go check them out in streaming site Spotify.

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