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Glen Hansard @ The Ohana Fest 9/9/17. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Glen Hansard @ The Ohana Fest 9/9/17. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

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Dana Point, CA- Glen Hansard, of The Frames and The Swell Season, delivered a gritty acoustic set full of covers, solo works and songs from his time with The Swell Season. He kick started his performance with, “High Hope” and “Winning Streak,” from his two most recent studio albums, before ramping into a fun cover of the Pixies’ “Cactus” (who had performed the night before).

Glen Hansard @ The Ohana Fest 9/9/17. Setlist.A Dublin native, Glen Hansard may not have traveled the farthest to come to the festival, but it still wasn’t easy. He told a story to the crowd about how he was sitting in Dublin the day before he was supposed to be in Dana Point and while watching the news, thought about crossing the Atlantic when he decided, “awe fuck, Eddie will understand.”

He explained that he went on to write Eddie a long message about why he wouldn’t be attending, but after giving it a second thought he deleted it saying, “I just got on a plane and I’m glad I did.” Which perfectly segued into his first Swell Season cover, “When Your Mind’s Made Up”.

Ever an outspoken voice for social movements, Glen took time during his performance to speak on certain political and social issue in the U.S. Before digging into a cover of “Vigilante Man,” by Woodie Guthrie. He mentioned that when he asked for Guthrie’s estate’s permission to play around with the lyrics he said, “You sing whatever you need to sing, but you gotta mean it. That’s all.”

Hansard had found out that when Guthrie wrote this song, and others, he was living in one of Fred Trump’s buildings learning all about his hatred and evil ways. Hansard changed the lyrics to voice his political views about Fred Trump’s son, Donald Trump, cleverly singing poignant lyrics like, “He wants a wall, but doesn’t want to pay for it, what I would do to him if I knew I could get away with it” and getting some well deserved loud cheers for his lyric, “Like father, like son, they’re rotten to the core.

For his finale, Glen call upon his friend Eddie to join him on stage for a cover of Pearl Jam’s, “Present Tense,” which Glen dedicated to the “dreamers in the audience”, and dream we did until the final note.

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