The Swell Season

swellseasonThe Swell Season news & info *as of* when this site was was launched. For more on SS check out their official site.

Click through for our SS sections:
just a few gigs from 2011 & 2012 & 2015
tons of stuff about The Swell Season movie
loads of info about The Stage Adaptation of Once

The Swell Season performance in Seattle in November 2007 was recorded for The Artist’s Den and is available on DVD here.


In 2006 Glen and Czech musician Marketa Irglova released an album called The Swell Season. Following that album, they starred in a highly acclaimed independent film together called Once, written and directed by former Frames bassist and vocalist John Carney. The single from the Once Soundtrack, Falling Slowly, earned the duo an Academy Award in 2008 after the film was released worldwide in 2007.

During 2007, around the release of the film, Glen & Marketa renamed themselves after their original album title while adding the whole of The Frames to fill out their band. When not performing as a duo, the band toured the world as The Swell Season and released an album called Strict Joy in 2009. The Swell Season went on hiatus as of October 2010. You can learn more about The Swell Season at their official website,

(photo by Conor Masterson)