When Your Mind’s Made Up – Glen Hansard at Carnegie Hall, New York City, 9/14/16
Glen took the stage with his “Save-A-Soul” Mission Band promptly at 8 PM. He was handed an acoustic guitar and opened with “You will Become” off Rhythm and Repose (2012). The crowd cheered and applauded, but as Glen began to talk and play they immediately went silent.
Sitting in the sixth row was the the perfect spot for the concert, due to the five foot tall Ronald O. Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern Auditorium). Glen’s set consisted of songs from his entire catalog, including some covers and songs from his previous bands (The Swell Season and The Frames). The rumor was that Glen had a special night planned for all of us; they were 1000% correct.
Photo gallery below.
Midway through his set, Glen invited trombonist Curtis Fowlkes (The Jazz Passengers) to join the band on stage, and also sang a wonderful verse on “Wedding Ring.” A few songs later Glen dedicated “Star Star” to the late Gene Wilder, with some Willy Wonka “Pure Imagination” interpolation that was unexpected and really special.
Glen remarked before he started playing the next song “Every time I sing this song, I dedicate it to someone … and if don’t dedicate it out loud, I dedicate it quietly to myself. This song is to someone … and that someone happens to be here. Please welcome Markéta Irglová!”
Markéta (grinning from ear to ear), joined Glen on the stage singing her part on “Falling Slowly.” This was one of the highlights of the evening and the absolute perfect way to close out the first set.
For the encore Glen and Markéta took the stage for two songs and then continued to bring out special guests. His first guest was the legendary John Sheahan, Irish musician and composer, and the last surviving member of the legendary definitive five-member line-up of The Dubliners.
Later joined by the rest of his band and Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, an amazing Irish accordion player.
Songs were sung, poems were read, and hearts were filled with wonderful music. We all had witness something very very special. Glen’s entire performance was approximately two hours and 45 Minutes; the setlist is below.
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1. You Will Become
2. Just to Be the One
3. Winning Streak
4. My Little Ruin
5. When Your Mind’s Made Up (The Swell Season)
6. Paying My Way
7. Bird of Sorrow
10. Way Back in the Way Back When (Dedicated to his good friend Danny Clinch)
11. Lowly Deserter
12. Wedding Ring w/ Curtis Fowlkes on trombone
13. Nothing On You (poem recited by Paul Muldoon)
14. Astral Weeks/Smile (Van Morrison cover)
15. Star Star (The Frames song) (Dedicated to Gene Wilder with some Willy Wonka “Pure Imagination” interpolation)
16. Falling Slowly w/ Markéta Irglová (The Swell Season)
17. This Gift w/ Markéta Irglová
18. Say It to Me Now (The Frames song)
19. Stay the Road
20. McCormack’s Wall w/ John Sheahan
21. Poem about Luke Kelly recited by John Sheahan
22. Raglan Road (The Dubliners cover) w/ John Sheahan
23. Marino Casino (performed by John Sheahan)
24. Óró mo Bháidín w/ Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich (Irish Accordion player)
25. (Instrumental Irish folk song)
26. The Auld Triangle (Brendan Behan cover)
Check out where you can find Glen Hansard on tour at http://glenhansardmusic.com.