During the promotional tour, he and Irglová began dating.Hansard had recorded a version of Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" for the film I'm Not There in 2007.
The newspaper describes the black and white documentary entitled The Swell Season, after the group they formed following Once: "as an incisive cut at fame's effect on the real-life music and romance of Hansard and Irglova".
Filmmakers Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins and Carlo Mirabella-Davis (who once taught Hansard filmmaking in New York and became a friend) were given almost unlimited access to the couple for nearly three years.
In September 2011, he played at Pearl Jam's 20th Anniversary Festival PJ20 at the Alpine Valley Theatre outside of East Troy, Wisconsin.
Hansard plays several guitars, including a very recognisable battered Takamine NP15 acoustic guitar (even sporting a large hole), which he calls "The Horse".
In 2003, he presented the television programme Other Voices: Songs from a Room, which showcased Irish music talent on RTÉ.
On 22 April 2006, he released his first album without The Frames, The Swell Season, on Overcoat Recordings in collaboration with Czech singer and multi-instrumentalist Markéta Irglová, Marja Tuhkanen from Finland on violin and viola, and Bertrand Galen from France on cello.
(Hansard first met Irglova, a Czech musical prodigy, when he was around 30 and she was 13; they reportedly started dating when she was 19. much.) "Of course, we fell into each other's arms," Hansard says.
"It was a very necessary part of our friendship but I think we both concluded that that wasn't what we really wanted to do.
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By Andrew Arthur, Press Association Entertainment Reporter An apparent stage invader rushed in front of the judging panel’s table to touch their buzzers after one of the acts performed during the second live semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent.