Set to be a concert for the ages, singer songwriter Glen Hansard and his band return to Belfast for a special sit-down performance in the majestic surroundings of The Grand Opera House, marking the opening of his European tour.
From his time as lead singer of Irish stalwarts The Frames, one half of folk rock duo The Swell Season, starring in the critically acclaimed, award-winning films The Commitments and Once through to his fourth solo album, This Wild Willing, an artist of Hansard’s stature needs no introduction.
Throughout this extraordinary evening, the audience can expect a journey through Hansard’s musicianship. Rock and folk ambitions coexist with moments of strangeness, intimacy, and stillness. Topics of vulnerability, desire, chaos, joy and love are explored in Hansard’s trademark soaring emotional and dynamic shifts.
For anyone who hasn’t seen Hansard perform live, he channels absolutely everything into his performance. Don’t miss it!
We’re delighted to welcome Irish singer-songwriter Nina Hynes to Belfast to open for Glen Hansard on both performances.
Nina made her music debut in 1999 with the release of the EP ‘Creation’ on Reverb Records. She’s had several successful tours of North America and won the support of Nic Harcourt at KCRW, among others. Following her first LP the 2002 release ‘Staros’ on Reverb Records her successful single release ‘Mono Prix’ granted her success in her native Republic of Ireland. Nina made the move to Germany in 2007, where she released material under her own label ‘Transplant Records’,
The album is a collaboration with Fabien Leseure both artists, along with collaborator Sean Carpio appear under the band name Dancing Suns.
FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE INFORMATION
- For phone and counter sales, Visit Belfast Welcome Centre is open Mon-Sat: 9am – 7pm and Sun: 11am – 4pm. Telephone 028 9024 6609 or call in to 9 Donegall Square North, BT1 5GB.
Venue Box Office Information
- For phone and counter sales, the Grand Opera House Box Office opens 10am- 5pm Monday -Saturday.
- The Grand Opera House applies a per ticket booking fee of £1.75 to phone bookings, online booking fees will be charged at £1.25 per ticket. There is no booking fee charge for in-person payments made at the Box Office counter in the Theatre foyer.
Expressive, risky, resolute and often achingly beautiful.
This Wild Willing opens new spaces. There are many special moments on this record.