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The Frames
Background information
Origin Dublin, Ireland
Genres Rock, indie rock, folk
Years active 1990–present
Labels Plateau, ANTI-
Associated acts The Swell Season
Members Glen Hansard
Joe Doyle
Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Rob Bochnik
Graham Hopkins
Past members Noreen O'Donnell
Dave Odlum
Paul Brennan
Dave Hingerty
John Carney
Graham Downey
Johnny Boyle

The Frames are an Irish band based in Dublin. Founded in 1990 by Glen Hansard, the band has been influential in the Dublin rock music scene.[ citation needed ] The group has released six albums. In addition to Hansard, the band's current line-up includes original member Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Joe Doyle, Rob Bochnik and Graham Hopkins.

Dublin capital and largest city in Ireland

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Glen Hansard Irish musician, songwriter

Glen Hansard is an Irish songwriter, actor, vocalist and guitarist for Irish group The Frames, and one half of folk rock duo The Swell Season. He is also known for his acting, having appeared in the BAFTA-winning film The Commitments, as well as starring in the film Once, which earned him a number of major awards, including an Academy Award for Best Song.


The band began in 1990 and consists of survivors of Dublin's prolific early 1990s rock-and-roll scene. The band was central to the development of many emerging Irish rock bands of the time, including Turn. They also toured together with other Irish artists. In December 2004, Hansard appeared on stage to collaborate with Paddy Casey and The Dublin Gospel Choir. In 2007 The Frames toured Australia and New Zealand as the support act for Bob Dylan.

Turn are an Irish band.

Paddy Casey is an Irish singer-songwriter from Dublin.

The Dublin Gospel Choir are an Irish gospel choir that have been performing in Ireland since 1996.

The name The Frames arose from Hansard's habit of fixing bicycles of his friends. The large number of bicycle frames lying around his house led neighbours to dub it the "house with the frames". In a 2001 interview, Hansard said, "I worked in a bicycle shop for a little while, but the name came from ... my back garden was so full of frames, my house became known as The Frames house, much to my mother's distaste, she hated it. But my garden was full of frames, old bikes, I would make up bikes for my friends out of all the old bikes. So it sort of became known if anybody found a bike up on the hill on the way home they would throw it into my garden, a graveyard for old bikes." [1]

The band has had many members over the years, some of whom have also been, or later became, members of other Dublin rock bands. Colm Mac Con Iomaire and Dave Odlum both were founding members of folk group Kíla. Graham Downey, son of Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey, played bass for the band between 1993 and 1996. [2]


Kíla are an Irish folk music/world music group, originally formed in 1987 in the Irish language secondary school Coláiste Eoin in County Dublin.

Thin Lizzy Irish rock band

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Brian Downey (drummer) musician, songwriter

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The Frames have always collaborated closely with other groups that emerged from the buskers on Grafton Street, Dublin, where Hansard started his music career. Among these groups were the aforementioned Kíla, and Mic Christopher. When Christopher died in 2001, Hansard and his band were heavily involved in organising the Skylarkin' concert to commemorate his life and release the album. The Frames still occasionally perform Mic's songs—chiefly "Heyday"—as a tribute.

Grafton Street Street in Dublin, Ireland

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Mic Christopher American born Irish musician

Michael "Mic" Christopher was an American–born Irish singer-songwriter, best known for his posthumously-released debut album Skylarkin'.

<i>Skylarkin</i> (Mic Christopher album) album by Mic Christopher

Skylarkin' is Mic Christopher's first and only solo album, which was released posthumously following his death in November 2001. The album was finalised by Karl Odlum and David Odlum. Many fellow musicians from the Irish music scene contributed to the album including Glen Hansard and Colm Mac Con Iomaire of The Frames, Rónán Ó Snodaigh of Kíla, Lisa Hannigan and Gemma Hayes.

The band is also known for interspersing snippets of songs by other artists into their own as a form of homage; notable examples are "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley, "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash, "Lilac Wine" by James Shelton (as made popular by Jeff Buckley / Elkie Brooks) and "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory'.

In 1991, Hansard came to public attention after taking the part of "Outspan" Foster in the film The Commitments . However, Hansard regretted this role as he felt it distracted from his music career. Mac Con Iomaire also had a cameo in the movie as a violinist auditioning for the band. Bronagh Gallagher, one of Hansard's colleagues, can be seen wearing a Frames T-shirt in her appearance in the film Pulp Fiction . [3] Hansard appeared on screen as the principal character parodied by Irish music comedy Web site [4] and in 2007 as the lead in the movie Once which featured his songs.

As of 2007, the band consisted of Glen Hansard, Joe Doyle, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Rob Bochnik and Johnny Boyle. Various people played drums during 2003 and 2004, including Graham Hopkins who drummed Dance the Devil, Burn the Maps, and the band's latest album The Cost. On one version of the album Fitzcarraldo, the band used the name The Frames DC, to avoid confusion with an American band.

The band released its sixth studio album, The Cost , on 22 September 2006. They appeared on the setlist at Lollapalooza 2006 just 12 days afterward.

The band's song "Dream Awake" was used in the pilot episode of NBC's Life . Also, "Finally" was prominently featured in the 11th episode of the show, when the title character reaped the rewards of the detective work which he had been doing all season. However, a different song is used in the version of the episode on The band's song "Seven Day Mile" was used in the season six premiere of House on Fox.

The band's ex-bassist, John Carney, is now a film director, best known for writing and directing the film Once , which stars Hansard, who wrote much of the music for the film. Hansard and Marketa Irglova won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly" from Once.

On 13 May 2008 the US iTunes store released a Deluxe Edition of The Cost . This edition included three extra songs—"The Blood," "No More I Love Yous," and "This Low." It also included the music videos for "Falling Slowly," "Sad Songs," and "The Side You Never Get To See."

In late 2009 the band appeared on The Swell Season's album, Strict Joy. On 24 March 2010 the band announced their first concert in three years at Electric Picnic to celebrate their 20th anniversary. [5]

The Song "Rise" from the Album The Cost was featured at the end of season 3, episode 13 of the ABC series "Castle".

On 1 December 2012 the band announced that the documentary In The Deep Shade would be released in 2013. The film, which captured their 2010 20th Anniversary Tour, was shot by Conor Masterson.

Since shooting to stardom in the wake of 'Once' and his Oscar win, Hansard has played primarily solo concerts (often with several members of the Frames) in recent years. The Frames have continued to play a handful of gigs; in June 2014 they played Whelan's in honor of its 25th anniversary, surprising the audience by buying all of their drinks. The venue's owners had lent money to the band in the 1990s to enable them to record Fitzcarraldo. [6]

In 2015, the band played a pair of shows at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin. On 4–5 July they treated an enthusastic and loyal fan base to such rareties as 15 Seafort Parade. On 11 July they played the Marquee Festival in Cork. Fans eagerly await their next reunion show; the band seems always in top form no matter how long the gaps. [7]




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