I know that I had already seen Glen Hansard live, but when he posted a link on his facebook to this event, I thought it would be interesting to listen to his songs played together with an orchestra.
A Scream and an Outrage (10-12 May) was a festival curated by Nico Muhly, an American composer and arranger (he did the music to The Reader with Kate Winslet). The concert I went to was one of the six sessions of the Festival. The Barbican described that evening as being “dedicated to composers whose music ignores the divide between classical and non-classical.” More about it on the Barbican website.
I went to see Glen, but in fact that evening I discovered Conor O’Brien. Sorry Villagers’ fans it took me so long!
When I saw this short boyish Irish singer coming on stage and singing Beatitudes, he got my full attention, but the emotional knock out was when he sang Nothing Arrived. With these few words, he described my pessimistic approach to everything based on my experience.
I had a seat very close to the exit and an usher, so I couldn’t film anything, but someone sitting closer to the stage filmed Conor’s another beautiful song.
Of course, Glen Hansard was brilliant, but after Mr O’Brien, not much left in me. But I’m pretty sure this person who filmed this song got very emotional. Just listen.
My best photo from that evening.
If you’re interested in getting the audio of both performances, just follow this link.
Oh, by the way, tomorrow I’m seeing The Villagers live. That was a long wait after buying the ticket months ago.