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Irish indie folk singer, songwriter Glen Hansard coming to the Queen City

Irish indie folk singer and songwriter, Glen Hansard will be performing his latest tunes from his up and coming fourth full-length album, “This Wild Willing” during his stop in Cincinnati this September.

The Grammy nominated artist was inspired while he was in Paris touring with Pearl Jam front man, Eddie Vedder.

“This Wild Willing,” due April 12, is an illustration of his acoustic expertise with a touch of an accompaniment.

“This collection of songs is mainly made up of those that came through while improvising and following the melodic lines and threads,” said Hansard. “Sometimes when you take a small musical fragment and you care for it, follow it and build it up slowly, it can become a thing of wonder.”

Musical Influences

Heavily influenced by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and Leonard Cohen, Hansard draws attention to other musical genres on his up and coming album.

Hansard recorded the album in Paris with the help of some fellow musicians, the Khoshravesh brothers. The brothers, originally from Iran, studied classical and traditional music in their homeland before relocating to Paris. Hansard recalls working on one song in particular.

Credit: Glen Hansard’s Facebook page.

“The Khoshravesh brothers joined me and I was transported. The song took on a new depth: I heard it differently, and new possibilities emerged. The ease by which they followed their own melodic line while being sympathetic to mine was intoxicating.”

It not only includes the Iranian brothers, but the album also includes Dublin electronic musicians like Dunk Murphy and Deasy.

“When you surround yourself with great musicians and do your best to keep up, stay loose, give little direction, and allow everyone to bring what they bring, something transformative may happen,” Hansard says.

Variety of Work

Hansard, who has a long list of writing credits,  has written songs for movies and TV shows. Some include “Once,” “Dear John,” and “Suits.”

He will be at the Taft Theatre on September 9. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m. Reserved tickets are $33 and $43 plus fees. They can be bought on the Ticketmaster and/or the Taft Theatre’s websites.