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With the exception of an appearance at the Electric Burma tribute concert to activist Aung San Suu Kyi in Dublin in June 2012, Rice hasn't played a show in Ireland since supporting Leonard Cohen in Kilmainham, Dublin, in June 2008.
So, it was something of an event last Wednesday when it was announced, with little fanfare, that he would play a one-off show in Whelan's, Dublin, tonight.
I am quite relieved when Lisa Hannigan turns up on time and in the right place to meet me in a pub near Oxford Street.
Although Rice was well known to Irish audiences, it really felt as though he had reached a tipping point in the summer of 2004 and his elevation to the status of global star was there for the taking. A follow-up album, 9, arrived in 2006 but sold poorly (in relation to O's two million sales).Rice released his second album 9 in 2006 and his songs have appeared in numerous films and television episodes.After eight years of various collaborations, Rice released his third studio album My Favourite Faded Fantasy on 31 October 2014.The actress was so angry she called the columnist from the reception of the paper's Manhattan office and asked to see him.Zellweger then denied the claims she was planning a trip to visit Rice, telling the journalist, "(It was) hurtful.Based in Straffan, Kildare, the band continued touring and signed a six album record deal with Polygram.Their recording projects generated the singles "Weatherman" and "The World Is Dead" which received favourable reviews. After achieving his musical goals with Juniper, Rice became frustrated with the artistic compromises required by the record label, and he left the band in 1998.Thankfully, though still officially based in Dublin, she’s newly married to a Londoner and has been spending more time here since the song was written. That was early days, you know when you’re just dropped somewhere in London and you have no idea how anything connects together,” she says. And there are so many Irish people here that it just feels like we’re part of the fabric of the whole thing.” Hannigan, 35, will be all over the place during the next few months as she tours to promote her imminent third album, At Swim. Even before she was a solo artist she was very much in the game.You may still know her best as the swooning female voice on Damien Rice’s first two albums, O and 9, and as the earner of the biggest cheers at his concerts when she stepped forward to take her turn at the microphone.Rice formed the rock band Juniper along with Paul Noonan, Dominic Philips, David Geraghty and Brian Crosby in 1991.The band met whilst they were attending Salesian College secondary school in Celbridge, Co. After touring throughout Ireland, the band released their debut EP Manna in 1995.