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February 27, 2008
Your 'Once' in a lifetime chance: Swell Season in Oakland in April


If, like me, you were charmed by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova's performance and win for "Falling Slowly" (from the Irish indie film "Once") at Sunday's Academy Awards, here's a chance to catch the "Best Song" winners in concert.

The Swell Season, featuring Hansard and Irglova with a band, will perform April 26 at Oakland's Paramount Theatre (2025 Broadway, Oakland).

If you're not already familiar with it, the Paramount is a big, gorgeous theater - I've seen Elvis Costello, Bjork, Wilco and Beck play there over the years. In other words, it's quite a decent bump up from the small clubs Hansard and Irglova were playing when they started promoting "Once" in 2007.

I had the chance to interview the pair, along with "Once" director John Carney, before the film opened in Sacramento last spring. (That's all of them pictured, as photographed by The Bee's Michael A. Jones.)

They were sweet, funny, smart and engaging - I'm guessing you'll get more of the same in a live setting.

And yes, you can expect to hear more of "Once's" beautiful folk-pop songs. Who knows? Maybe Carney - Hansard's bandmate from his other band, the Frames - will pop in for a guest appearance. I'm hoping so.

Tickets ($29.50-$40) go on sale to the general public Monday through or you can head over to the San Francisco-based KFOG radio station Web site for info on a pre-sale happening now through Friday. You can also check out Frames site for more information.

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