Markéta Irglová dazzles at The City Winery


by Dave Carew

The incredible rags-to-riches dance of the film (and now Broadway show) Once is a story of incredible human passion, talent, and love. Made on a tiny budget of $100,000 and seemingly destined to find a small audience at best, the independent, 2007 film went on to be hailed by (as they say), “theatre-goers everywhere,” culminating with a Best Song win at the Oscars for the film’s stand-out “Falling Slowly.”

One of the wondrous elements of Once and its music was that it brought the previously obscure Markéta Irglová out of the shadows of the Czech Republic and Ireland to the world stage. The world is much the richer for that, as evidenced in—among other works—the singer/songwriter’s new album Muna, which she was touring behind when she performed at Nashville’s City Winery in late 2014.

“Ethereal” . . . “very moving and beautiful” . . . “sacred” . . . these are some of the phrases I remember hearing from concert-goers after the show had ended. In a performance that consisted of most of the tracks from Muna along with a couple from Once and The Swell Season (Markéta’s project with fellow Once singer/songwriter/actor Glen Hansard), Markéta took the audience to a beautiful emotional plane where pop music intersects with holiness and a noble, church-like beauty. If her contributions to Once proved Markéta Irglová a prodigious musical talent, Muna is further proof of that gift—a gift we now all can unwrap and cherish.

Stand-Out Tracks:

“Without a Map”

“The Leading Bird”

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