Posts Tagged ‘ireland’

“Once” Wins the Tony for Best Musical

June 11, 2012

 

 

The great indie film “Once,” starring Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard and his collaborator Czech singer-songwriter Marketa Irglova, was apparently turned into a Broadway musical. I missed the whole thing. Fall asleep for one damn minute in this world and by the time you wake up, there’s some new Facetweet Tumblepress shit munching up the airwaves, Live Journal is owned by the Russians, Friendster is huge in the Philippines and your phone cashes checks.

Anyway, “Once” won the Best Musical Tony this year. Above, the cast performs at the awards ceremony. Keep an eye out for some major cello-fu; seriously, I didn’t even know you could pull shit like that with a cello strapped to your pievault. Way to go, cello dude.

Hansard and Irglova are great and “Once” is well worth checking out if you like melancholy, beautiful, highly atmospheric and melodic folk-pop.

Here are Hansard and Irglova performing what is to me the most beautiful song from the film, “Falling Slowly,” live at Amoeba Records (I think it’s the one on Haight Street, but it could be Berkeley) in 2007:

 

 

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Irish Comedian Dylan Moran on the French

September 26, 2011

 

 

With no disrespect intended to my many French acquaintances over the years… and the many more French writers, artists, and musicians I so greatly admire… I cannot refrain from laughing my ass off every time I watch raucous Irish comedian Dylan Moran holding forth on the French with hilarious and Izzard-esque stereotype-fu. Uproarious.