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Singer-songwriter, Glen Hansard has announced two festive Dublin concerts – just in time for Christmas.

Following the success of his two sold-out shows at Vicar Street earlier this month, the Oscar winner looks set to return to the iconic venue on December 17 and 18.

 

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Widely known for his intimate acoustic performances, the December shows will reportedly see the tempo raised with the introduction of a live band, as well as "strings, horns, bells and whistles."

Tickets are €40 and are on sale Tuesday, September 5 at 9am via ticketmaster.

That's the early Christmas presents sorted anyway! 

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As the world continues to grieve over the loss of David Bowie, one talented Irish musician paid an emotional musical tribute to the star at his New York apartment. 

Glen Hansard was filmed alongside a mountain of flowers left at the site by a well known photographer who had arrived at the scene. 

The video was unplanned as rock photographer Kevin Mazur happened upon Glen at the lodgings where he had come to take photographs. 

The Dublin musician played a haunting rendition of Bowie's seminal hit Ashes to Ashes alongside other people who had come to grieve at the location. 

David Bowie died on Monday at the age of 69 following an 18-month battle with cancer. 

Watch the touching video below: 

 

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The death of legendary rocker David Bowie to liver cancer on Sunday came as a shock to fans all over the world.

And despite the tributes still pouring in from all over the globe, David's final goodbye was reportedly as low-key as possible, with US news outlets today saying his a private cremation took place soon after his death.

It's thought no family or friends were present at the New York cremation ceremony, at David's request.

"In many respects you don’t need a memorial or service to remember David by… you have his music instead," one source told The Daily Mirror.

"He would have wanted to just disappear with no fuss, no big show, no fan-fare. This would totally be his style.

"His last album Blackstar was very much his goodbye to fans instead."

Blackstar was released on David's 69th birthday on January 8, just two days before his death. Many fans have pointed to the album's lead single Lazarus as Bowie's "swan song," as the video opens with the singer in a hospital bed and the line "Look up here, I'm in heaven."

Among the mourners gathering to pay tribute to David outside his New York apartment on Monday evening was The Frames frontman Glen Hansard, who sang this beautiful version of Ashes to Ashes in the singer's memory:

 

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It's been a busy few days for Glen Hansard, for sure.

On Saturday he performed to a tiny crowd in Dingle as part of RTÉ's annual Other Voices event… but his music has reached an altogether more international stage today.

The Frames frontman has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award for his solo work, earning a Best Folk Album nod for Didn't He Ramble.

Glen's album, his second as a solo artist, was released in September of this year. The Dublin-born singer spread his wings while putting together the album, choosing to record songs in New York, Chicago and France as well as his home country.

For many musicians, a GRAMMY might be considered the peak of their career, but of course we can't forget that Mr. Hansard already has an Oscar to his name. Back in 2008, Glen and Marketa Irglova won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards for Falling Slowly, featured in their film Once.

Other top contenders at this year's GRAMMYs include Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and Ed Sheeran.

See the full list of pop, rock, R&B and folk nominees here:

Album of the Year
Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Taylor Swift, 1989
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

Song of the Year
Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
Little Big Town, "Girl Crush"
Wiz Kahifa feat. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"

Record of the Year
D'Angelo and the Vanguard, "Really Love"
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
The Weeknd, "Can't Feel my Face"

Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Florence + The Machine, " Ship to Wreck"
Maroon 5, "Sugar"
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, Piece by Piece
Florence + The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Mark Ronson, Uptown Special
Taylor Swift, 1989
James Taylor, Before This World

Best Dance Recording
Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston, 'We're All We Need"
The Chemical Brothers, "Go'
Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Never Catch Me"
Galantis, "Runaway (U & I)"
Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber, "Where Are Ü Now"

Best Rock Performance
Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight"
Florence + The Machine,"What Kind Of Man"
Foo Fighters, "Something From Nothing"
Elle King, "Ex's & Oh's"
Wolf Alice, "Moaning Lisa Smile"

Best Alternative Music Album
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Björk, Vulnicura
My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall
Tame Impala, Currents
Wilco, Star Wars

Best Rap Album
J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Dr. Dre, Compton
Drake, If You're Reading This Its Too Late
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprin

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Caribou, Our Love
The Chemical Brothers, Born in the Echoes
Disclosure, Caracal
Jamie XX, In Colour
Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

Best Rock Song
Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight"
Elle King, "Ex's & Oh's"
James Bay, "Hold Back the River"
Highly Suspect, "Lydia"
Florence + the Machine, "What Kind of Man"

Best Rock Album
James Bay, Chaos and the Calm
Death Cab for Cutie, Kintsugi
Highly Suspect, Mister Asylum
Muse, Drones
Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter

Best R&B Performance
Tamar Braxton, "If I Don't Have You"
Andra Day, "Rise Up"
Hiatus Kaiyote, "Breathing Underwater"
Jeremih feat. J. Cole, "Planes"
The Weeknd, "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)"

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Faith Evans, "He Is"
Lalah Hathaway, "Little Ghetto Boy"
Jazmine Sullivan, "Let It Burn"
Tyrese, "Shame"
Charlie Wilson, "My Favorite Part of You"

Best R&B Song
Miguel, "Coffee"
The Weeknd, "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)"
Jazmine Sullivan, "Let It Burn"
D'Angelo and The Vanguard, "Really Love"
Tyrese, "Shame"

Best R&B Album
Leon Bridges, Coming Home
D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah
Andra Day, Cheers to the Fall
Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show
Charlie Wilson, Forever Charlie

Best Rap Performance
J. Cole, "Apparently"
Drake, "Back to Back"
Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne, "Truffle Butter"
Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, "All Day"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Big Sean feat. Kanye West & John Legend, "One Man Can Change the World"
Common & John Legend, "Glory"
Jidenna feat. Roman GianArthur, "Classic Man"
Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, "These Walls"
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown, "Only"

Best Rap Song
Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, "All Day"
Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
Drake, "Energy"
Common & John Legend, "Glory"
Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"

 

Best Folk Album
Norman Blake, Wood, Wire & Words
Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow Is My Turn
Patty Griffin, Servant of Love
Glen Hansard, Didn't He Ramble

Best Pop Solo Performance
Kelly Clarkson, "Heartbeat Song"
Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"

Best Music Video
A$AP Rocky, "LSD"
The Dead Weather, "I Feel Love"
Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
Pharrell Williams, "Freedom"

Best Music Film
Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways
James Brown, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone
Roger Waters, The Wall
Amy Winehouse, Amy

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Amy Schumer is apparently making the most of her time here in Ireland.

The Trainwreck star was spotted out and about with the film’s director Judd Apatow and a certain musical star.

 

Amy and Judd joined forces with Glen Hansard in Grogans pub on Castle Street in Dublin to experience one of our nation’s favourite past times. A sing-song.

The tunes covered include The Aul Triangle, always a classic. That is not all thought, because from the looks of things the trio may just have crashed a wedding while out on their jaunt.

Last night Amy and Judd were at the O’Reilly Theatre in Dublin for a Q&A with Panti Bliss. While there, Amy admitted her adoration for Irish comedian Meave Higgins.

"Maeve Higgins, I'm sorry, but we're keeping her," she said. "And we'll send her back for holidays."

Tonight the stars will be at Dublin’s Savoy Cinema for the Irish premiere of the film, if you don’t think you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of Amy then make sure you watch this clip from yesterday’s antics. It is amazing.

Sing along with celeb friends

Posted by Pamela Kavanagh on Friday, 14 August 2015

 

 

 

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The first pictures of Ronan Keating in character for his West End debut in Once have been released and we must admit he is looking great!

The X Factor judge will have his first performance as Guy this November in London’s Phoenix Theatre.

Glen Hansard made the role famous in the cinematic version of Once back in 2007. The Frames singer subsequently won an Oscar for Falling Slowly, once of the main songs from both the film and the musical.

Ronan has begun rehearsals in Australia before moving onto the UK. He took to Instagram the other day to express his excitement, posting a picture of his Once script with the caption: “Big day today. First proper rehearsal. Thank you so much to all the @OnceMusical Melbourne team for taking care of me.”


The singer admits that the musical will be “a huge challenge and commitment” but that he is dying to get started. “I'm really looking forward to returning to London later this year and completely sinking my teeth into the role.”

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