Back in 2007, I saw the low-budget indie musical Once and was surprised and taken away by it.
Glenn Hansard and young Czech singer Marketa Irglova played the struggling musicians who start a tentative relationship in Dublin.
They became a couple in real life.
The film took off.
They went on a world tour.
Once became a best-selling soundtrack.
They won an Academy Award for the movie's "Falling Slowly."
The have since split up (amicably) as a couple but still record and tours as The Swell Season. Hansard also plays in the Irish band, The Frames.
I actually prefer Marketa Irglova's (classically trained Czech pianist and vocalist) pieces, but I can't find any solo efforts by her.
Here's a track from their new CD, Strict Joy, that features her.
The name "The Swell Season" comes from Hansard's favorite novel by Josef Škvorecký from 1975 bearing the same title.