“It was because he was Irish and exotic, and I had to speak English.”Despite the difference in their ages, the two kept in touch, with Hansard mentoring her as a songwriter, and they finally began to perform together in Europe in late 2005 as a duo called The Swell Season.Then their lives took an unexpected turn, thanks to a name from Hansard’s past.At a party thrown for The Frames before their concert, Hansard heard Irglova sing.He was impressed enough to bring her up on stage to join The Frames for a song during their performance.“I was super embarrassed, but not because I had a rock-star crush,” Irglova told the New York Times in a 2008 interview.When he left school to busk at 13, all Glen Hansard wanted was to make a living.By the time he was 30, his musical talent had brought him wealth and fame, depression and tragedy.
They stepped off the screen together, formed a group (The Swell Season) and took their love affair on the road.
Irglová was a member of the band The Swell Season with Glen Hansard.
The band released its eponymous album on Overcoat Recordings in 2006.
The Tony Award-winning musical Once, which starts performances at the Royal Alexandra Theatre on Tuesday, is a bittersweet riff on the archetypal boy-meets-girl, boy-gets-girl, boy-loses-girl story.
But Once isn’t your typical musical, nor was the 2007 film it was based on.