"I've been filthy for days, and I'm happy as a pig in shit.
There's a logic and satisfaction to fixing things you could never get from songwriting." Hardly a sentiment one might anticipate from a singer-songwriter whose new solo album, Didn't He Ramble, might just be his most personal, and loveliest, yet; but Hansard is nothing if not a plain speaker. "Songs are these weird, ethereal things - like birds that land in the garden you try to coax into the room.
Until, that is, Carney implored his friend to step in."He said that everything I had ever been in my life - that guy struggling against the world - had died the night we won the Oscar.I was in a different part of my life, a different suit."You'd imagine I'd have been full of light after winning," he says, "but in fact I went quite dark, drinking far too much.I didn't know why." It was Bruce Springsteen, sitting up with him one night drinking whiskey, who explained things to him.That was his job, he said: to help me make a living." At 20, he landed his first record deal and, shortly after, was cast in the film adaptation of Roddy Doyle's The Commitments.