The Swell Season
Mon, Jan 23, 2023

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová of The Swell Season comes to DPAC August 14, 2023

Durham, NC (Jan 23, 2023) Markéta Irglová and Glen Hansard will - once again - be reuniting for an extended run of dates in celebration of the 15th (and counting) anniversary of their film Once which will include a stop at DPAC on August 14, 2023. The duo reconvened for the first time in ten years last March 2022 for a limited number of sold-out shows. The response was so overwhelmingly positive they’d hoped to do more shows sooner, but in these modern times tomorrow is five days and next month is next year. Thus, these shows are right on time.


Tickets are now on sale:

  • Online at
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Ticket Center at DPAC: 919.680.2787,
    123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC

Irglová and Hansard came to prominence starring in the 2007 film Once and winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song with their composition “Falling Slowly” in 2008. A year later they released the critically acclaimed album Strict Joy before branching out into solo careers. The two remained in regular contact over the years making appearances on each other’s records or on stages randomly whenever paths would cross. The shows in 2022 were an extension of their never-ending bond and friendship. 


In 2012, Once, The Musical debuted and went on to be nominated for eleven Tonys, winning eight including Best Musical. It ran for three years on Broadway and is currently still in production as a touring musical. Over the course of the last decade, Once, in all its iterations, has become a modern classic and a cultural touchstone, being referenced in everything from The Simpsons to Ted Lasso. The fan base created by this modern masterpiece looms large in the minds and hearts of many. 


Irglová and Hansard have been incredibly busy in the last year and outside of their upcoming tour, each have a number of projects in the works as well not ruling out the possibility of new music together. Irglová is sharing the aptly titled new single, “H A P P Y” today, which also may serve as the theme song to fans anxiously awaiting more shows since last year. She will also participate as a contestant in the Czech national selection for Eurovision 2023. Her performance airs January 30th on Czech television and the official YouTube channel of Eurovision Song Contest. Irglová recently released her third full length record LILA to much critical acclaim. Recorded with producer Sturla Mio Thorisson at their Icelandic studio, LILA reflects on Irglová’s journey from her “Girl in a Movie” status to wife, mother and artist. A new full length album from Irglová is planned for later this year.

Hansard released the single “Take Heart” this past October which featured Irglová and was written after spending time with Ukrainian refugees in Ireland. Earlier in ‘22 he toured as part of Eddie Vedder’s Earthlings band and was featured on the Flag Day soundtrack with Vedder and Cat Power.



About DPAC

Since its opening in 2008, DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) has become the center for live entertainment in North Carolina. Recognized for its contemporary design, DPAC features 2,700 seats, intimate sightlines, and state-of-the-art sound and video. Ranked annually among the top-ten theaters in America by three leading national magazines that cover live entertainment events and venues, DPAC was recently nominated for Theatre of the Decade by Pollstar Magazine.

With a mission of presenting one-of-a-kind live entertainment events, DPAC truly has “something for everyone,” hosting 500,000 guests per year to its 200+ performances. Each season, the stage at DPAC comes alive with spectacular touring Broadway productions, high-profile concert and comedy events, family shows and the heralded American Dance Festival. Owned by the City of Durham and operated under the direction of Nederlander and Professional Facilities Management (PFM), since 2011 DPAC has been listed as the #1 performing arts organization in the region by the Triangle Business Journal

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