He came to my attention as the singer with Irish band The Frames, purveyors of fine moments but wildly inconsistent albums.
You might recognize him and musical partner Marketa from the low budget movie 'Once' from a few years back. The soundtrack of the album is a fine thing; it was all very angsty in a Damien Rice kid of way. The twosome perform as The Swell Season.
I love their 'Strict Joy' album from which 'Low Rising' is taken.
'Love Don't Keep Me Waiting' is from Hansard's recent solo album 'Rhythm and Repose'.
Nowt wrong with a bit of angst but these two videos show him a little more chipper; sprightly even.