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That was his job, he said: to help me make a living." Busking introduced him to a new crowd: artists, singers, "people who read books".
One day he went to a Seamus Heaney reading and ended up following new friends back to the poet's house.
"It's an old Land Rover Defender, and I'm restoring it," he says, blue eyes blazing.
"I've been filthy for days, and I'm happy as a pig in shit.
"I became a jobbing musician, which was all I ever wanted." A full 16 years on, he was asked to be in a film again.
It was 2007, and Hansard's friend and former Frames bassist John Carney had begun working on Once, a tale of two buskers in Dublin falling in love through music.
I didn't know why." It was Bruce Springsteen, sitting up with him one night drinking whiskey, who explained things to him.
In 2012, it won eight Tony awards on Broadway, casting a shadow that fell squarely on his shoulders. And if I am remembered for that one song, well, there are worse fates…" Still, he stopped playing "Falling Slowly" altogether at concerts – not entirely sick of it, but in no hurry to revisit it. But then Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder invited him on tour, and insisted they sing it together nightly.
"Eddie made me feel slightly less self-conscious about it," he says.
I've always loved nuts and bolts." Hansard is one of Ireland's most successful musicians, an Oscar-winning songwriter, and far more the folk troubadour of tradition than he is modern-day celebrity. We've done all right." Raised in the Ballymun area of Dublin as the second of four children, Hansard quit school at 13, intent on becoming a busker. They were young – they had me when they were 19 – and still figuring things out.
"Not interested in all that," he scoffs, "and I'm not on the social media." Though he did make the gossip pages recently, photographed mid-singsong in an Irish pub with the American comedian du jour Amy Schumer. "I didn't even know who she was." When you listen to the rough-hewn beauty of Didn't He Ramble, it becomes clear why Bob Dylan invited him on tour, and why his band, the Frames (currently on hiatus), have found success the world over since forming in 1990. "Early on, we worked out it would take us 60 years of touring here before we filled a room, at which point we just thought fuck having to beg this place for acceptance. "I'd started getting into trouble – drinking, glue, the usual stuff. Dad was drunk the whole time, hardly a figure of authority. He wasn't." Guidance came instead in the form of his headmaster, who took Hansard aside one day, concerned.