On Monday night, The Swell Season performed to a sold out crowd at Uptown Theatre in Kansas City. Coming from their Academy Award win for Best Original Song, their performance was absolutely beautiful and emotional. It was by far, one of the most memorable shows I’ve gone to.
In between the storytelling and jokes, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová along with their band made up of Joe Doyle (bass), Colm Mac Con Iomaire (violin), Rob Bochnik (guitar), and Johnny Boyle (drums), performed songs from Once and songs on the The Swell Season and The Frames albums.
Standing in the crowd, it was obvious that their fan base is quickly growing. During “Falling Slowly,” both Glen and Markéta’s voices were drowned out by the 1,700 fans who were singing along. Glen praised the fans and announced that Kansas City has been one of his favorite stops on the tour.
Although the show was absolutely brilliant, meeting Glen and Markéta was the highlight of the night. They were sweet and seemed humbled by the entire experience. Holding a box of Partridge Farm cookies, Markéta happily signed autographs for fans while Glen did most of the talking.
If you ever get the chance, go see The Swell Season/The Frames live. The entire show was an incredible experience that left me in awe and completely speechless.
Say It To Me Now – Glen Hansard