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Music from 'Once' and Minnie Driver: At the Movies

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

Minnie Driver.
Minnie Driver.

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova never set out to make a record together: The two had toured Europe together on and off, but that was mostly to provide a break from Hansard's long-running main band, The Frames. Then the two were approached to record a pair of songs for a film — and given four days in the studio, which they spent recording enough material for a full album, complete with the accompaniment of strings.

Not only did they make a great record — last year's breathtakingly sweet The Swell Season — but they also wound up making a great movie. Though initially seen as mere musical contributors, Hansard and Irglova were ultimately cast as the leads in Once. A surprise box-office hit that's been almost universally hailed by critics, Once has done what 15 years in The Frames couldn't do for Hansard: make him a star in America.

In this segment, Hansard discusses the movie, as well as how he and Irglova first met and the strong parallels between the movie and his own life.

Though still best known as an Oscar-nominated actress who's made films such as Good Will Hunting, GoldenEye and Grosse Point Blank, Minnie Driver continues to make inroads as a musician, developing a pop-folk style similar to that of Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

After touring extensively to support her 2004 debut Everything I've Got in My Pocket, Driver has toured Europe and the U.S. extensively, in the process converting once-skeptical fans. Her new album, Seastories, should advance that cause in a big way: Its appealing mixture of bluesy soul and chamber-pop features collaborations with Ryan Adams and Liz Phair, among others.

Here, Driver describes her relationship with Marc "Doc" Dauer, producer of her last two albums, and expounds on her work with Ryan Adams & The Cardinals.

This segment originally aired on Aug. 22, 2007.

Copyright 2007 XPN

David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.