News: Glen Hansard announces new album ‘All That Was East Is West Of Me Now’

Glen Hansard by Liam Murphy

Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard has announced the release date for his fifth solo album ‘All That Was East Is West Of Me Now’.

The eight-track record, the first from Hansard in over four years, is set to release on October 20th.

The album, described as Hansard’s most rock record since The Frame’s 2004’s ‘Burn The Maps’ album, opens with “The Feast of St. John”, the first single released from the album, out now. The single features Australian musician Warren Ellis of The Dirty Three and The Bad Seeds on violin.

‘All That Was East Is West Of Me Now’ came together through a series of word-of-mouth gigs in Hansard’s local pub during November 2022.

“I told no one,” Hansard said about these gigs. “We set up in the corner and played to the locals, some of whom were only half listening. I played two hours of new songs each week. Through this process I realised what I had and what I had to work on further. It was as if the album appeared in that bar. And not before.”

The album’s lengthy title stems from, as Hansard describes, the “sudden realisation that there’s more behind than ahead”.

Glen Hansard will begin a US run of The Swell Season shows next month, alongside Marketa Irglova. That tour will be followed up his own headline European tour kicking off in October, seeing stops in UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Netherlands, and Ireland. Tickets are on sale here.

All That Was East Is West Of Me Now tracklist:

The Feast Of St. John

Down On Our Knees

There’s No Mountain

Sure As The Rain

Between Us There Is Music


Bearing Witness

Short Life


‘All That Was East Is West Of Me Now’, the fifth album from Glen Hansard is available to preorder now.

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