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New Album in May or June - 1st January 2006
Expressen in Sweden reports today that a new album from Damien Rice is expected to be released in May or June of this year.

New York Gig Added - 29th December 2005
Damien will be performing at this year's Tibet House Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York on March 1st 2006, along with Sufjan Stevens, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson and Allen Toussaint. Concert tickets are $30-$108 and can be purchased by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800 or in-person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue). A portion of the proceeds from the concert will go to a New Orleans hurricane relief organization aiding New Orleans musicians affected by the hurricane. There will also be a fundraising reception with the event’s Honorary Chairperson and artists following the performance. Tickets for this event are available from the Tibet House.

Nobel Concert - 12th December 2005
Damien and Lisa performed Unplayed Piano and Cold Water at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo yesterday. Reuters has a nice photo of Damien with Yo-Yo Ma.

Iceland Gig Added - 7th December 2005
Damien and the band will be performing at a Nature Awareness gig in Laugardalsholl, Iceland, on January 7th, in support of the Icelandic Nature Reserve. Other performers include Björk, Sigur Rós, Damon Albarn, Mum, Trabant, Zeena Parkins, Hjalmar, Ham, and Ego.

Damien with Mundy - 25h November 2005
Damien apparently joined Mundy on stage in University College Dublin last night.

Vyvienne in Dublin - 25h November 2005
As well as performing at this year's Other Voices series in Dingle on December 9th, Vyvienne Long will be performing in Whelan's, Dublin, on December 15th.

Mojo Songwriter Award Nomination - 4th May 2005
Damien has been nominated for the Mojo songwriter award. He is nominated alongside Paul Weller, Kate Bush, Brian Wilson and Van Morrison. The winner will be announced at the Porchester Hall in Bayswater, London, on 16 June.

Music Lounge Photos - 30th April 2005
You can see photos of Damien at the Music Lounge Event of the Tribeca Film Festival, from last Wednesday. Downloads - 22nd April 2005
Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph has selected ten of his favourite Damien Rice tracks, including three tracks from the Live at Union Chapel CD that was never commercially released, which you can now download from Oxfam's music download site: Profits from these downloads go to supporting Oxfam's great work.

Eskimo Friends Shop Now Open - 15th April 2005
The new Eskimo Friends shop is now open. is back! - 9th March 2005
Due to bandwidth restrictions and other resources being overused (so the host says), was suspended. A few features had to be removed to make sure it doesn't happen again, such as the opinion poll and the footer message scroller. Your comments are welcome on the message board - just click Read More below - then click GENERAL.

Competition - 4th March 2005
We have a few copies of the latest album from Jude Johnstone, a California based singer / songwriter, to give away. Jude has spent her career as a songwriter and has penned several songs for artists such as Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks and, we're told, has a musical style and passion very similar to Damien Rice.

Vyvienne's Solo Debut - 26th February 2005
Vyvienne is going to be peforming her first ever solo cello gig in Mother Redcaps, Dublin, on the 31st of March.

Hot Press Top 100 Poll - 24th February 2005
O has been selected as the 2nd best Irish album of time by readers of Hot Press, as published in their 100 Greatest Irish Albums of All Time' poll today. Also, Damien is nominated in the Best Male category for tonight's Meteor Ireland Music Awards.

Emmett Tinley Single - 21st February 2005
You can listen to the new single from one of our other favourite Irish singer songwriters, Emmett Tinley.

In Good Company - 21st February 2005
Cannonball is featured in the film In Good Company which has just been released in the UK and Ireland.

Damien's Article on Burma - 3rd February 2005
Damien has written about his time in Burma last year in the latest edition of Paste Magazine. You can read it here.

Hot Press Readers Poll - 2nd February 2005
In this year's Hot Press Readers' Poll Damien came 2nd to Bono in the Best Male category, and 2nd to U2 in the Best Songwriter category. Lisa came 3rd in the Best Female category.

Damien's Favourite Songs - 25th January 2005
You can see Damien's five favourite songs, as compiled recently in Mojo Magazine.

Chart News - 24th January 2005
O has returned to its highest ever position in the UK album charts since it was released there in July 2002. It is now at number 8. It is also at number 9 in the Irish album charts.

Border Breakers Award - 23rd January 2005
Damien won a Border Breakers Awards from the European Commission this weekend in Cannes. The award is given to artists whose debut albums have achieved a large volume of sales outside of their home country.

Tori Amos Collaboration - 21st January 2005
You can read Tori Amos' comments on her collaboration with Damien. The track, The Power of Orange Knickers, is on her forthcoming album The Beekeeper, to be released on February 22nd.

BBC 4 Sessions Reviews - 14th November 2004
The performance will be broadcast on BBC 2 on December 17th, and on BBC 4 on November 26th.

The Blower's Daughter Video - 14th November 2004
The Blower's Daughter / Silent Night will be released as a single on December 6th in the UK. A new video for the Blower's Daughter has also been released, featuring clips from the film Closer.

Undercover Video Interview - 8th November 2004
Undercover has a video interview with Damien available online from here. Thanks again to memtree for this link.

Vote for Damien! - 6th November 2004
Hot Press are now conducting a readers poll to discover the top 100 Irish Albums as voted by its readership.

Austin City Limits Links - 5th November 2004
Thanks to Dave for letting us know about these pictures from Damien's performance on Austin City Limits.

Hot Press Poll - 5th November 2004
O was selected as the 16th best Irish album ever in a poll of Irish musicians in the current issue of Hot Press.

One Big Festival Video Footage - 20th September 2004
You can watch video footage of Damien's performance at the One Big Festival in Birmingham yesterday here.

New Zealand Gig Announced - 20th September 2004
Damien will be performing in The Studio in Auckland, New Zealand on October 26th.

Austin City Limits - 17th September 2004
Earlier this year Damien performed a set for Austin City Limits, a programme on PBS, and it will finally be broadcast on Saturday October 16th at 9PM.

Burn The Maps - 17th September 2004
Lisa sings on one of the tracks on Burn the Maps, the new album from The Frames, which is released in Ireland today and available around the world from Road Records

Reykjavik Gig - 9th September 2004
Damien and Lisa will play a gig in NASA in Reykjavik, Iceland on Thursday 23rd September.

Under 18s Gig Announcement - 3rd September 2004
Damien and the band will be performing a strictly under 18s gig in Whelan's in Dublin on Saturday September 18th.

Headliners Broadcast Date - 9th August 2004
Damien's full performance on the Headliners Show on Channel 4 in the UK will be broadcast on Friday, October 22nd, at 12 PM.

CD:UK This Saturday - 5th August 2004
Damien's performance of Cannonball on Channel's 4 Headliners program, which was recorded recently in London, will be shown on CD:UK on ITV in the UK this Saturday morning.

New York Times B-Sides Review - 31st July 2004
With B-Sides being released in the USA on the 3rd of August, the New York Times today says 'People who first heard Damien Rice's songs of romantic yearning and disaster in concert were likely to find his 2003 album, 'O', fairly pallid, since it only presented his quiet - not to say wimpy - side. His language gets cruder and his arrangements more turbulent on the EP 'B-Sides' (Vector), particularly in the blunt 'Woman Like a Man' and the vertiginous 'Moody Mooday.' But he still owes his fans a recording of what happens onstage, when his dynamics and distortion pedal transform songs into volatile epics of introspection'.

Closer Trailer - 30th July 2004
The Blower's Daughter is featured in the trailer for the Closer soundtrack, which is now available from the music section.

The Writing's on the Wall - 28th July 2004
You can read a report here about how Damien has signed his name in support of Roger Waters (ex-Pink Floyd) The Writings on the Wall campaign which aims to highlight the hardships suffered by Palestinians because of the illegal Israeli construction of the security wall in occupied Palestine.

Lisa and the Jimmy Cake - 28th July 2004
Lisa joined The Jimmy Cake on stage for one song at their gig in Vicar Street last night.

The Writing's on the Wall - 28th July 2004
You can read a report about how Damien has signed his name in support of Roger Waters (ex-Pink Floyd) The Writings on the Wall campaign which aims to highlight the hardships suffered by Palestinians because of the illegal Israeli construction of the security wall in occupied Palestine.

Red FM Interview - 26th July 2004
A recent interview with Damien was broadcast on Cork's Red FM last night.

Cibelle Interview - 22nd July 2004
Brazilian singer Cibelle talks about Damien's music in today's Cleveland Free Times.

B-Sides Release Date - 22nd July 2004
From The 7 track B-Side EP that is coming out in the USA will also be released in Ireland on August 13th and in the UK August 9th. 'B-Sides' is a collection of, b-sides from previous International commercial singles.

Headliners Recording in London This Saturday - 20th July 2004
Damien will be in London this Saturday recording for Channel 4's Headliners series. A very limited number of tickets are still available from The Applause Store in London - Contact Paul or James at the Applause Store at 0208 324 2700 and quote reference number: DR6969. You must be 16+ and available this Saturday (24th July 2004) from 4pm onwards at the Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9Rl. Past Headliners specials have included Britney Spears, Metallica and Pink.

Singles Charts - 11th July 2004
Cannonball has entered the UK singles charts at number 19. Lonely Soldier is at number 5 in this week's Irish singles charts.

Damien Rice vague about new album - 8th July 2004
Jude Law and Julia Roberts have asked Damien Rice to write the soundtrack to their film 'Closer'. They want some new songs, and to use some tracks from his album 'O'.

BBC Radio 1 Interview - 8th July 2004
BBC Radio 1 has a new interview with Damien. They reveal more about the Closer soundtrack, for which Damien has been asked to contribute new songs as well as songs from O. They also report that O has entered the UK top 20 album charts for the first time, with 14,000 copies sold in the UK last week, and that Damien has taken the summer off to travel around Asia, including a visit to a refugee camp in Burma. Cannonball has been re-released this week in the UK.

Closer Soundtrack - 8th July 2004
TV3 News apparently reported this morning that Damien has been asked to contribute a song to the forthcoming Julia Roberts/Jude Law movie Closer, which is due for release in the USA on December 3rd. The plot outline, from, sounds like a Damien Rice song already - An intriguing story of passion, drama, love, and abandonment involving two couples, which only gets more complicated when the man from the first couple gets acquainted with the woman from the second coupling. The stars from the film attended Damien's gig in London earlier this year.

Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show Recording - 7th July 2004
You can now listen to Damien's interview and performance of Lonely Soldier on Ian Dempsey's Breakfast Show in Eskimo Friends MP3 section.

TV3 Performance - 6th July 2004
You can listen to Damien's performance on TV3's breakfast show last week at Irish Music Central.

Lonely Soldier Charts Position - 2nd July 2004
Lonely Soldier has entered the Irish charts at number four.

Lonely Soldier - 25th June 2004
Damien's new single Lonely Soldier goes on release in Ireland today with all proceeds going to the Irish anti-war movement. You can also buy it from the shop at Damien's official site.

Damien at Glastonbury - 25th June 2004
Damien will be live on air from Glastonbury on the Jo Whiley BBC Radio 1 show on Friday 25th June around 11.15am / 11.30am. As well as tomorrow night's performance at Glastonbury, Damien will perform an additional solo acoustic gig on Saturday at 3.20pm on the Left Field Stage.

HMV Performance Next Week - 25th June 2004
Damien will be live at HMV Grafton Street, Dublin, for an instore performance next Thursday, July 1st.Entry to the instore is restricted to those wearing special wristbands distributed by HMV.Update: Wristbands can be collected from 8am on Weds 30th June at HMV Grafton Street (subject to availability).

Pet Sounds Interview/ Session - 22nd June 2004
Damien was interviewed on Pet Sounds tonight, and you can download an MP3 of the broadcast here (30MB). This recording also includes a session featuring Damien and Lisa performing three songs - Cannonball (sung by Lisa), Older Chests and Creep (by Radiohead) - and these will be available individually on the MP3 page soon.During the interview, Damien mentioned that they plan to play in Australia in October and he expects that the next album will be released early next year.

Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 1 - 22nd June 2004
Damien will be appearing on Jo Whiley's program on BBC Radio 1 in the UK this Friday between 10AM and 1PM GMT. You can listen in online from here.

Message from Damien - 18th June 2004
An e-mail sent out to Damien's official site's mailing list includes this personal message from Damien: hello i’m writing this as a personal note, to add onto this email, to help clear up some questions with regard to the anti-war shows being organised. i was invited to take part in the concerts a few weeks ago. for me the concerts are a coming together of people who wish we could have more peace in the world. it’s as simple as that. i love being a musician and i have loved all the touring we’ve done in the world. i have many dear friends both here and abroad and it’s a personal desire of mine to help encourage peace, in whatever way that i can. i love that the world is wonderfully diverse. i am hoping that these concerts can be a ‘positive’ celebration of that diversity. thank you, damien x

Rolling Stone Interview - 18th June 2004
Rolling Stone has a new interview with Damien about Lonely Soldier and the upcoming When Bush Comes to Shove gigs.

Gig Moved - 16th June 2004
The When Bush Comes To Shove gig has been moved to Vicar Street in Dublin. The organisers say that they haven't been allowed to advertise properly for this gig and so they had to move it to this smaller venue. Update: This gig is now sold out, and a 2nd night has been added for the next night. Tickets on sale this Friday.

B-Sides EP Release - 15th June 2004
Billboard is reporting that Warner Brothers USA is planning to release B-Sides, an EP to in include live versions of The Professor, Woman Like a Man and Delicate, the original demo for Lonelily, the B-side Moody Mooday, and both a 1997 demo and instrumental version of Volcano. The expected release date is July 20th.

Damien on Pet Sounds - 14th June 2004
Tom Dunne said tonight that he expects to be talking to Damien Rice on his program, Pet Sounds, tomorrow night. You can listen in live online from between 7 and 10 PM GMT. Update: Damien is now expected to be on Pet Sounds tonight.

Christy Moore Audio Clip - 10th June 2004
RTE has a clip of Lonely Soldier performed at a press conference today by Christy Moore here.

Lonely Soldier Single - 9th June 2004
Lonely Soldier, recorded by Damien Rice with Christy Moore, will get a limited release on Damien's own label, DRM, on June 25th - the day that Bush arrives in Ireland - and sold at a special low price with profits being donated to the Irish Anti-War Movement. Talking about the single release, Damien said: This was a spontaneous last minute decision. I contacted Christy, sang him the song over the phone, we recorded it the next day, mixed it the next, and sent it off for manufacturing the next.

Across The Line Video - 7th June 2004
Last week Across The Line on BBC TV broadcast video footage from Damien's recent gig in the Ulster Hall in Belfast. You can now watch video of that performance.

Lonely Soldier Recorded with Christy Moore - 6th June 2004
The Sunday Times is reporting today that Damien and Christy Moore have recorded Damien's song Lonely Soldier ahead of their appearance together at the upcoming When Bush Comes To Shove concert in Dublin on June 19th. Damien has been performing this song at recent gigs, but the lyrics for this version have just been finalised this week and include the line lonely soldier looking for his next war to fight, according to the Sunday Times.

Hot Press Article - 6th June 2004
In the latest issue of Hot Press Damien talks about his involvement in the upcoming When Bush Comes To Shove gig in Dublin on June 19th.

Hot Press Competition - 2nd June 2004 has a competition in which you can win tickets to the upcoming When Bush Comes To Shove concert.

Glastonbury Details - 1st June 2004
Details of this year's Glastonbury festival have been announced. Damien will be playing on the Other Stage on Saturday. You can see the full listing here.

Across The Line - 31st May 2004
Damien will be appearing on BBC Northern Ireland's Across The Line TV program tomorrow night at 10PM. They will show some of his performance at Belfast's Ulster Hall, as well as an interview about his future plans.

When Bush Comes To Shove Details - 24th May 2004
Tickets are now on sale for the When Bush Comes to Shove concert in the Point Depot, Dublin, on June 19th, which is part of the nationwide protests against George Bush's visit to Ireland one week later. The event will feature performances by Christy Moore, Damien Rice, Mary Black, Kila, The Revs, Katell Keineg and comedy with Barry Murphy (Apres Match).

Dublin Gig Announced - 20th May 2004
Damien will be performing a solo show at Vicar Street, Dublin, on Monday May 31st. Tickets cost 25 euro and are available from Road Records and Sound Cellar, Dublin, and Tickets go on sale this Saturday at midday.

O Back in Top Thirty Album Chart - 18th May 2004
Following Damien's appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show, O has climbed back up to position 26 in the UK album charts.

O Back in Top Thirty Album Chart - 18th May 2004
Following Damien's appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show, O has climbed back up to position 26 in the UK album charts.

When Bush Comes To Shove - 17th May 2004
The Sunday Times reports that Damien will be one of the artists performing at the When Bush Comes To Shove concert in the Point Depot in Dublin on Saturday, June 19th, as part of the nationwide protests against George Bush's visit to Ireland one week later.

Jonathan Ross Video - 12 May 2004
Watch video of the performance of Cold Water on the Jonathan Ross Show. (Hosted by

Jonathan Ross Show Tonight - 7th May 2004
Reminder: Damien will be appearing on the Jonathan Ross Show on BBC tonight at 23:05. The programme is repeated tomorrow night.

Berlin Review - 6h May 2004
There's a review (in German) of Damien's performance in Berlin.

Cleveland Review - 1st May 2004
You can read a review of the Cleveland performance.

More Live Reviews - 30th April 2004
There's a review of the gig in Kansas.

Toronto Review - 27th April 2004 has a review of last week's performance in Toronto.

One Night For India - 27th April 2004
Damien will join Perry Farrell, Michelle Branch and Macy Gray as well as top Indian music acts for One Night For India, a charity concert event to benefit the fight against the emerging HIV/AIDS crisis in India. The event takes place on June 8th at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Tickets will be available from their website from this Saturday. A DVD of the event will be released in the future.

Portland Review - 21st April 2004
You can read a review of the Portland gig.

LA Review - 20th April 2004
The Hollywood Reporter has a review of Damien's recent performance in Los Angeles.

Boston Review - 19th April 2004
Here is a review of Damien's performance in Boston last Saturday night.

Lonelily on Vinyl - 16th April 2004
Lonelily will be released this month as a 7 vinyl single, with Moody Mooday on the other side. Only 500 copies will be made available, and you can order it through the Townsend Records web site.

Letterman Performance - 15th April 2004
Damien and the band played I Remember on Letterman last night. Hopefully we'll have video of the performance for you soon.

Glen Hansard Interview - 15th April
Glen Hansard of The Frames talks about playing on Damien's tour of America here.

Letterman Reminder - 12th April 2004
Damien will be appearing on the Letterman Show this Wednesday, April 14th. Senator John McCain will be the other guest for the evening.

Minneapolis Review - 8th April 2004
Read a review of Damien's gig in Minneapolis from today's Star Tribune.

Toronto Food Drive Event - 8th April 2004
Another Rock For a Remedy Food Drive event , featuring Damien Rice, has been announced. It will take place in front of Convocation Hall, Toronto on Friday, April 23rd.

Video Footage from Rome - 5th April 2004
Kataweb has video footage of Damien's recent gig in Rome (Older Chests, I Remember and The Blower's Daughter), as well as an interview.

Toronto Food Drive Event - 5th April 2004
Another Rock For a Remedy Food Drive event, featuring Damien Rice, has been announced. It will take place in front of Convocation Hall, Toronto on Friday, April 23rd.

Glastonbury - 2nd April 2004
Q Magazine reports that Damien will be playing on the main stage at Glastonbury on Saturday, June 26th. Damien won't be on the Main Stage, but will be performing at the Glastonbury Festival.

New Trading Site Launched Today - 1st April 2004
Damien Rice Trading is a great new website focusing on all things to do with trading Damien Rice live recordings.

Vermont Food Drive Event - 1st April 2004
The next Rock For a Remedy Food Drive event, featuring Damien Rice, will take place in Higher Ground in Winooski, VT on April 20th.