The Swell Season, The Frames, Liam Ó Maonlaí

Last Friday evening I went to one of the best concerts I’ve been to yet. The Swell Season (Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova  from the movie “Once”), put on a great show.  The Frames were the accompanying band. Liam Ó Maonlaí opened for them, and blew me away. He’s Irish and sang most of his songs in Gaelic but he also sang in an indigenous language from Mali. I strongly recommend you check him out.

If you care to listen, here are the Swell Season – When Your Mind’s Made Up:

Seoul Jazz Festival 2009

Seoul Jazz Festival 2009

I realize that the Swell Season is not jazz, but seeing how popular the movie “Once” has become in Korea I guess they were trying to attract more visitors to the festival.

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

Hansard and Irglova played most of their songs along with The Frames, but also did duets and solos.

Hansard

Hansard

The Swell Season and The Frames

The Swell Season and The Frames

The concert was in the Grand Theater at the Sejong Center. It has three floors and seats 3,022 people. It’s very classy but also high-tech. All this to say that when Glen Hansard walked to the front of the stage and sang with no microphone, all 3,000 people went dead-quiet and he could be heard quite clearly.

Closing act

Closing act

I went to the concert with my friend Kirby and once it was over, we rushed off to my favorite bar in Hyehwa.

My "older brother" Gwon Won

My "older brother" Gwon Won

Gwon Won, drums; Kirby, guitar

Gwon Won, drums; Kirby, guitar

Kirby

Kirby

Kirby & Mark

Kirby & Mark

Kirby, singing to the world

Kirby, singing to the world

If anybody’s seen the Swell Season before, let me know how you liked it.

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~ by nathanhendrix on May 20, 2009.

3 Responses to “The Swell Season, The Frames, Liam Ó Maonlaí”

  1. Aww man, that sounds awesome. I loved the movie Once and the soundtrack is sooo good. I bet they are amazing in concert.

  2. haha man! u know what i took the first picture when u got a restroom before the concert’s began! these are really good i love it!

  3. Haha…I saw that you had taken a couple pictures when I was gone. I took this one when you were in the bathroom though…so we both took pictures of the SJF logo.

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