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Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of The Swell Season (theswellseason.com).
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of The Swell Season (theswellseason.com).

In 2007, their movie “Once” was a huge breakout hit.

Music and love in the streets of Dublin. Raw romance. An Oscar. And the compelling twist that these musicians — Ireland’s Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of the Czech Republic — were actually in love.

They’re not now, but they’re still making music, and with us today.

This hour, On Point: Marketa Irglova, Glen Hansard and their new album, "Strict Joy."

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Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of The Swell Season join us in our studio. Songwriter, guitarist and singer, Hansard is a founding member of the Irish rock outfit The Frames.   Irglova, a Czech-born classically trained pianist, also writes songs, plays piano and sings for The Swell Season. Together, Hansard and Irglova starred in the 2006 film "Once." They shared an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly" from the "Once" soundtrack. Their new album, "Strict Joy," is just out.

In today's show, we were surprised and delighted when Glen and Marketa performed a new song (so new it's yet to be named). Here it is, from the On Point studio:

And here they talked about how their relationship has evolved...

More links:
You can hear songs from the new album at The Swell Season's site.
Listen to The Swell Season performing at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, at NPR.org.
Read an interview with Hansard and Irglova from Pitchfork.com.

This program aired on November 6, 2009.

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