My Morning Download: “Races” by Glen Hansard from The Burgundy Stain Sessions via World Cafe

Photo by Conor Masterson

The World Cafe with David Dye recently featured performances from the Burgundy Stain Sessions concert series. Keyboardist and songwriter Thomas Bartlett, who performs as Doveman, is the both host and accompanist for the Burgundy Stain Sessions series held at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. The sessions are intended to be an informal, fun and intimate in-the-round live concert experience where the musicians play backup to each other as well as perform their own material. Some of the musicians featured during these sessions included Glen Hansard, Hannah Cohen, Sam Amidon, Trixie Whitley, and Loudon Wainwright III. You can download a five song sampler here. Below, download Hansard’s “Races.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Michael Kiwanuka at The Trocadero, Glen Hansard at Union Transfer, The Sheepdogs at Johnny Brenda’s

Photo by Joe Del Tufo

Last week Barclaycard announced their Album of Year shortlist for the 2012 Mercury Prize.  It surprised no one that London-based singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka was one of the names on that list, nominated for his debut full-length Tell Me a Tale.  Though he’s only 25, the BBC Sound of 2012 winner’s music is unequivocally inspired by the soul and folk musicians of the sixties and seventies.  Kiwanuka plays The Trocadero tonight, along with fellow British folk singer Marcus Foster and Australian singer/songwriter Matt Corby.  Doors are at 7:00 for the all ages show, and tickets are $16.50 here.  Below, watch the video for “I’m Getting Ready”.

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Stream Glen Hansard’s new album on NPR, playing Free at Noon this Friday 6/15

Glen Hansard‘s very first solo album, Rhythm and Repose, out on June 19th, is a excellent collection of soulful and quiet melodies from the former lead singer of The Frames and member of The Swell Season with Marketa Irglova. Go here to stream the whole album on NPR. Also, this Friday, June 15th, he is set to play a members-only Free at Noon triple-header along with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Michael Kiwanuka.

Stephen Thompson from NPR says about the album:

A gentle, breezy bummer, Rhythm and Repose (out June 19) is Hansard’s quietest record yet; to put it mildly, it spends more time in repose than it spends enslaved by the rhythm. Other than a few showy climaxes in its midsection (“High Hope” and “Bird of Sorrow,” to be exact), Rhythm and Repose remains content mostly to see the lightly, with much of its instrumentation employed for the purpose of subtle shading. Those seeking vein-bulging thunder will have to plunge back into Hansard’s rich catalog, or wait to see him command yet another live stage. In the meantime, he still sings of the same things — unrequited longing, mistakes repeated, the enduring pursuit of grace and joy — but they’re channeled here through a mature mind in a mellow mood.

Glen Hansard is playing Union Transfer on September 20th, you can purchase tickets here.


Just Announced: Glen Hansard playing Union Transfer in September

Glen Hansard, former frontman of the acclaimed Irish band, The Frames, as well as one half of the duo, The Swell Season, is releasing his first solo album entitled Rhythm and Repose, to be released on June 19th. Hansard is best known for starring in and composing the music for the film Once. The song “Falling Slowly” from the film won him the Academy Award for “Best Original Song”. He will be touring his new album in the fall, making a stop at Union Transfer on September 20th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.