The band enjoyed success in Ireland in the early 2000s, but Hansard’s life changed substantially in 2006, when his low-budget musical film about an Irish busker who falls in love with a Czech immigrant became a worldwide hit.

Once won Hansard and his co-star (and real-life partner) Markéta Irglová an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2007, and a stage version went on to become a hit on Broadway, winning eight Tony awards.

She’s not ready to settle back into soft harmony with Hansard or anyone else, unless it’s on her own terms.

He still performs Mustang Sally, realising there’d be hell to pay if he didn’t.

* Glen Hansard, 43 Played: Outspan Foster, guitar After The Commitments, Hansard returned to his day job as the lead singer for Dublin-based band The Frames.

Once upon a time, audiences fell in love with Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová as their characters in the hit movie Once fell slowly into an unrequited affair rooted in their shared musical passion.

They stepped off the screen together, formed a group (The Swell Season) and took their love affair on the road.

That is not the case with Hansard and Irglová, and The Swell Season proves it in every single one of its frames.

Their love was real and it still survives, albeit in a new state.Following the film’s success Stateside, he was invited to perform with the likes of Elton John, Bryan Adams, Ray Charles and The Rolling Stones, and signed a solo record deal with MCA Records worth a reputed 0,000.However, sales of his debut album Strong, which featured original material, were anything but, and the label dropped him.The soundtrack to the film, which included soul staples such as In The Midnight Hour, Try a Little Tenderness and Mustang Sally, went on to sell 12 million copies, and ensured their fame burned bright.With his powerful, raspy voice, 17-year-old Strong was The Commitments’ standout performer, and a glittering career seemed to beckon.He has also had little joy on the acting front, calling a 2008 audition to play Shrek on Broadway “a disaster”.