Tuesday 25 October 2016

'Mum took out a bank loan so I could make a demo', reveals Glen Hansard

Sharon McGowan

Published 08/10/2015 | 07:47

Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard

Dublin singer Glen Hansard has revealed how his mum is to thank for his musical success, after she paid for him to make his first record.

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The singer, who won an Oscar for his song Falling Slowly, said his mother Catherine took out a loan so The Frames could make their first demo.

"I got to the point - and I don't know how I got there - where I needed to make a demo of my own songs, so I went to Sun Studios and asked them how much it would cost," he said.

"And my mother went to the bank manager and asked could she get the house done up. The bank manager gave her IR£3,000 (€3,800), IR£2,000 (€2,540) of which we spent on the demo."

After recording the CD at the Dublin studio, Glen was invited to listen to it with The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood, The Police's Stewart Copeland and former Island Records chief Denny Cordell at brewery heiress Marina Guinness's Kildare home.

Glen admitted he didn't even recognise Wood, but was star-struck by Copeland.

"I knew who Stewart was, but I didn't know who Ronnie was. I was a huge Police fan when I was a kid and they were commenting to me on my music, saying 'Well done, it's really good'. Then Denny said: 'Can I see you play?'

"I said: 'You can come in and see us busking', so he did and then I met Chris Blackwell of Island Records," Glen told tonight's episode of RTE's The Works Presents.

Despite regularly selling out arena venues, the Swell Season singer, who recently released his second solo album Didn't He Ramble, last month treated fans to an intimate gig in an abandoned building on Dublin's George's Street.


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