Mr. Hansard is a (shockingly) singer, song-writer, actor and artist from Ireland who until the last 5-10 years was relatively unknown. In fact, without the success of the film Once, few people had (regrettably) even heard of Mr. Hansard.
In any case, I consider myself lucky to have been invited many years ago to a concert at the Troubadour in Los Angeles where I was introduced to Mr. Hansard via his band The Frames.
However, this particular show in Seattle featured an opening act from Rwanda which I would have never heard of without Mr. Hansard asking them to open for his show.
And what a splendid surprise.
The Good Ones were a shocking surprise and an absolutely inspiring experience. After seeing them I was enthralled by their story and have since been inspired by their story and how they have overcome some of the worst horrors no humans should ever experience.
Below is a song they played live that I had to dig into and understand the meaning, and in so doing discovered just how profound the song really is.
I strongly encourage anyone to check out their music, and also Glen Hansard and/or The Frames.
Oh, and did I forget to mention the encore included a visit from Eddie Vedder where Glen and Eddie performed together? Simply amazing.
Do yourselves a favor and check out some of The Frames and Glen Hansard’s music.