grass stains: The Swell Season Returns to US in May

Czech pianist and vocalist Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard (from the Irish band, The Frames) make up the folk duo The Swell Season and have just announced its return to the US for a tour of the South & Midwest before hitting the Rocky Mountain and Newport festivals in August.

Be sure to order your beer in between sets because the quiet harmonies of these two are not ones that you’ll want to interrupt. The band usually extends beyond the duo with top notch brass and string musicians for a pretty amazing set. Check out the trailer for their latest album Strict Joy, a NPR Small Desk Concert and their performance of “Slow Rising” with the full band on Letterman from February.

  • May 15 . Kalamazoo, MI . The State Theatre
  • May 16 . Nelsonville, OH . Nelsonville Music Festival
  • May 17 . Pittsburgh, PA . Byham Theater
  • May 18 . Nashville, TN . Ryman Auditorium
  • May 20 . Asheville, NC . Orange Peel
  • May 21 . Raleigh, NC . North Carolina Museum Of Art
  • May 22 . Charleston, SC . North Charleston Performing Arts Center
  • May 24 . Miami, FL . The Fillmore
  • May 25 . Orlando, FL . Hard Rock Live
  • May 26 . Birmingham, AL . Alys Robinson Stephens PAC – Jemison Concert Hall
  • May 28 . Atlanta, GA . Symphony Hall
  • May 29 . Louisville, KY . W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre
  • May 30 . Cleveland, OH . House Of Blues
  • July 14 . Chicago, IL . Ravinia 
  • July 18 . Los Angeles, CA. Hollywood Bowl   
  • August  1. Newport, RI.  Newport Folk Fest
  • August 14. Lyons, CO. Rocky Mtn Folks Festival

 Strict Joy on Amazon ($7.99)

Listen to the Album on NPR and read Spin’s review here.