Dear English Muse Readers,

I’m Marta from academianfiction. In addition, I guest blog every now and then here: it is a lovely blog about life, books and culinary arts (in Polish though), and I contribute with insights on books, bookstores, libraries, and writers. I have been reading English Muse for several months now and would often fantasize about guest blogging. And here I am. Every Friday at 8 a.m., or 5 p.m. my time as I am currently based in my lovely hometown Wrocław, in the south-western part of Poland.

And Wrocław is where I saw The Swell Season play live. Remember the 2006 indie movie Once, a story of a busker and a Czech immigrant in Dublin? I watched it in 2009 and it was love at first sight and sound! The soundtrack is a masterpiece and the song “Falling slowly” makes me go weak in the knees!

I was thrilled to learn they formed a band called The Swell Season and released two more albums. I adore every song of theirs and have watched the movie countless times. Every person that means something to me has to watch that movie. Once I learned they were going to perform in my hometown I had my brother buy the best tickets available and counted the days till the gig. The concert gave me chills so intense, I was visibly shaking. I took a few snapshots, while I still could.

Glen Hansard (from the Irish band “The Frames”) and Markéta Irglová became a couple in real life. A documentary The Swell Season depicting their world tour and private lives was made and premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. They broke up and the band split up as well. Irglová moved to NYC and has recently released a solo album entitled Anar, while Hansard’s album will be out in June.

What about you, dear Reader? Have you ever known/experienced a tale this magical? Ever been to a concert that had you swooning in ecstasy like St. Teresa of Avila? Do share.

Smiles, Marta.

Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3 & 4 are personal pics, 5





14 Comments on The Swell Season

  1. absolutely love Once and Swell Season…have the movie and watch it a couple times a year…Spielberg said that it carries all the inspiration he ever needed…and keep the music in my car too..would love to go see them…

  2. That’s definitely a movie I’d like to see.
    You live in Wrocław? That’s awesome. I’m going to Wrocław on an exchange trip with school in May.

  3. howdy Karen–yes, good, honest & unpretentious cinema with great soundtrack–my favorite film of the decade. yes, i live in wroclaw. small world? coincidence? we have to meet up then. i’m writing you an email. smiles!

  4. by all means! i envy you–to watch that movie for the first time is like being in love for the first time! smiles!