Dublin, Ireland, alternative pop band the Frames are led by the gifted singer/songwriter Glen Hansard, who quit school at age 13 to begin busking on local streets. At 17, he borrowed money from his parents to record a demo, pressing 50 copies that he distributed to family and friends; one of the copies made its way to Island Records’ label founder Chris Blackwell, and he signed Hansard to the roster. With the jump to Island, Hansard founded the Frames, taking the name from his childhood fascination with bicycles.
Since 1990, when the group was formed, the Frames have released six albums. They received worldwide attention in 2008 when member Glen Hansard was featured in the modern day Irish musical film Once. Hansard and Markéta Irglová‘s song “Falling Slowly” received a 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the Once soundtrack as a whole also received a Grammy nomination.