Hansard plays several guitars, including a very recognisable battered Takamine NP15 acoustic guitar (even sporting a large hole), which he calls "The Horse".
in The Huffington Post with Irglova, it was revealed that Hansard was preparing a solo album and that there was a very possible third release from The Swell Season.
This solo album was later revealed to be titled Rhythm and Repose.
Hansard sang the song "Take the Heartland" on the soundtrack for the 2012 film The Hunger Games.
“I didn’t really have a desire to become a solo artist.