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Prompt Corner: Glen Hansard & Lisa O'Neill

Glen Hansard & Lisa O’Neill share their thoughts with young singer-songwriters at an exclusive in-conversation event.

The night before his sold-out concert in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Academy Award-winning Irish troubadour Glen Hansard and his musical partner Lisa O’Neill took part in an exclusive ‘In Conversation’ event with an excited group of emerging singer-songwriters, musicians and fans.

Facilitated by Kirsten Siddle, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Director of Programming & Presenter Services, Glen and Lisa shared stories about their music and their careers, performed intimate renditions of their heartfelt songs and worked with a selection brave musicians who showcased their music to the internationally acclaimed artists and the rest of the group, and were then offered skilled advice on song writing technique and the art of performance.

“Beauty is in the ear of the behearer. You can write it and like it, but you don’t know if it’s any good. There isn’t a measure for great song writing. If you find yourself asking the same questions, throw a song on its head and sing the opposite that you were singing and playing. Kick at the structure, try to break it, and then realise how strong your song really is…” Glen told captivated audiences.

“It’s communication. It’s a language. It’s poetry. Music is the language that the heart gets to speak. It hits home. It’s joy and it’s pain”, Lisa shared.

To conclude the ‘In Conversation’ event, Glen performed an acoustic version of his song ‘Bird of Sorrow’ from his acclaimed solo album, Rhythm and Repose.

The following night, Glen and Lisa thrilled audiences on stage in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, invoking many joyous sing-a-longs in true troubadour style, earning multiple standing ovations throughout the three-hour concert.

Melbourne Recital Centre is delighted to offer Melbourne’s music-loving community intimate and exclusive opportunities to interact with and seek advice from visiting international performers who are leaders in their chosen genre. We know these interactions inspire the next generation of artists, help build their networks and contribute to their career growth and development.

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