Glen Hansard’s candid performances have earned him accolade around the world, and the Irish singer-songwriter has the tour schedule to prove it. Playing to audiences all over Europe as well as scheduling dates at large-scale US festivals like Bonnaroo, the singer seems to be constantly on the road.
For Hansard’s recent dates in Italy, a film crew came along to document the on-stage magic and behind-the-scenes moments.
“When I was asked to film Glen and asked where on his European tour I would like to catch him, it was Rome and Italy that jumped from the map,” said director Myles O’Reilly. “The birthplace of civilization for the man who in my mind is the Caesar of all Irish musicians. He flies the flag for songwriters and storytellers, every traveling bard, as a master of folk tradition so ancient to Irish culture.”
The result of this project was just under 30 minutes of live performance, on-stage banter and backstage bustle edited together to give a glimpse into the day-to-day life of Hansard’s travels.
Watch Glen Hansard: Italy in the player below.