The Swell Season at The Merriam Theater – Philadelphia Nov 08, 2009

A beautiful concert was offered by The Swell Season last Sunday November 8 at The Merriam Theater in Philadelphia. The duo comprised of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová selected the impressive Merriam Theater to offer a delightful collection of tunes from their new album “Strict Joy” and the well-acclaimed 2007 soundtrack from the film “Once”. The venue, part of the Kimmel Center complex in Philadelphia certainly enhanced the beauty of the night, and contributed significantly to the romantic atmosphere that the group offered.

In addition to Glen and Markéta, most of the concert was supported by Hansard’s original group “The Frames” bringing a different perspective to some of the songs, which in my opinion provided and enhanced rock sound to the concert. The song selection offered a well-balanced collection of rock and Irish folk songs mostly performed by Hansard along with romantic compositions from Once and the new album where Markéta’s voice certainly made everyone in the audience shiver.

A must see concert and one that would be perfect for a first, second or even an anniversary date.


Below a clip from “Low Rising”, another song that describes a well-known feeling…

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