Damien Rice
Irish singer
Damien Rice
Damien Rice is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician and record producer who plays guitar, piano, clarinet and percussion. Rice was raised in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland and began his musical career as a member of the 1990s rock group Juniper. After leaving the band he worked as a farmer in Tuscany and busked throughout Europe before returning to Ireland in 2001 and beginning a solo musical career.
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Joan Baez Celebrates 75th Birthday With a Batch of Old Friends and Great Songs (Bob's There in Spirit)
Huffington Post - 10 months
Joan Baez gets taken for granted sometimes, and her new birthday concert on PBS reminds us why that should not happen. Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration, which premieres Friday at 9 p.m. ET on Ch. 13 in New York and airs on most other PBS stations in June, serves as a kind of highlight tour through a career that has stretched into seven decades. No one stays around in music that long without taste and talent, both of which are evident throughout the 17-song evening. While Baez is probably best described as a folksinger, she has always drawn her music from many wells, and on this night that includes Stephen Foster, whose "Hard Times Come Again No More" she performs as a duet with Emmylou Harris (above). She goes to the gospel well for "Oh Freedom" with Mavis Staples and a solo "Swing Low Sweet Chariot," which she prefaces with a story about singing it for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In keeping with her standard practice, Baez doesn't banter much between songs ...
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Other Voices Resonate in Dingle
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It would take you a long time to get to Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland and the obstacles on your way would give you the impression of experiencing a modern version of the Stations of the Cross. Storm Desmond, the train or the plane, and then the bus until you arrive at the far end of Kerry... But the journey would be worth it. Nothing is too big to prevent you from claiming your love to Folk music and especially at Other Voices festival which offers a unique setting to enjoy the music of rising artists and of already established stars in a cozy, refreshing place. Other Voices is a free festival, set in Dingle since 2002, it is designed to give a various range of artists a chance to perform. Because it is free and not taken into a marketing strategy of bringing the biggest amount of people possible, it proposes an alternative musical scene, offering, each year, a regeneration, a rebirth to folk music. On stage, artists play in front of small audiences, of all age and from all ...
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Salvatore Bono: Speaking With Ireland's Bell X1
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Irish are known for their storytelling like they way they are known for their whisky. So, it is no wonder a band like Bell X1 uphold the legacy of Irish storytelling in its music. The band's singer and principle songwriter, Paul Noonan, is up their with the likes of Shane MacGowen, Bono, Glen Hansard, and Damien Rice. For the band's latest record, Chop Chop, they linked up with Thomas Bartlett aka Doveman and Peter Katis, who have been instrumental in producing the stark and heavy sound of The National, and applied it to the Irish band's style. I spoke to Noonan about his band's Irish roots, working with their new producers and their songwriting process. How did the title "Chop Chop" come into play when naming the new record? It was something I threw out there before we made any music -- we wanted it to be shorter, with fewer songs than usual. With less going on, drawn from a simpler palette. We spent a while working on a lot of songs and ideas before recording for ...
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Lauren Drell: Rodrigo y Gabriela Record Sound Opinions Show at Goose Island Barrel Warehouse
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Co-hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot interview Rodrigo y Gabriela at Goose Island Barrel Warehouse for an upcoming 'Sound Opinions' show. The unmistakable magnetic chemistry of Rodrigo y Gabriela was floating in the air while several small handfuls of people who were surrounded by scores of Goose Island-branded barrels quietly listened as the acoustic duo recorded an upcoming show for WBEZ Chicago's Sound Opinions with rock critics and co-hosts of the weekly program, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. Goose Island's barrel-aging warehouse was perhaps the perfect backdrop to uncork those stories the duo holds, and unveil new music; just hours before the internationally-acclaimed musicians took the stage at the Chicago Theatre on July 24. Rodrigo y Gabriela cover Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' at Chicago Theatre on 7/24/13. What gets uncovered during the hour-long recording session is how the music of Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero -- who met in Mexico City in the late '9 ...
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PHOTOS: Glen Hansard Returns To Chicago
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Oscar-winning Irish folk musician Glen Hansard on Monday evening returned to Chicago's Millennium Park -- where he last played a show in support of Low two years ago. Amid the foggy evening at the park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage, Hansard -- who leads The Frames and is one half of The Swell Season -- played songs off both last year's debut solo record "Rhythm and Repose" and was also joined on stage by Lisa Hannigan, a former member of fellow Irishman Damien Rice's band. Hansard is a regular performer in Chicago, most recently at the Hideout Block Party last fall, and previously told HuffPost he sees the Windy City as "a city where people are quietly getting on with their work. I have always found it hugely inspiring." Photographer (and friend of HuffPost) Joshua Mellin was on hand at Hansard's Millennium Park show and shared some of his shots -- including some spectacular ones of the hazy sky draped around the Pritzker stage like an immense canopy.
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Michael Bialas: Fine Folks, Part III: The Dunwells Rise Above the Storm
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The measure of any emerging band seeking fame and fortune in America is the ability to survive any number of Armageddon moments on its first major tour.  Or as the Dunwells like to refer to it, their "Lollageddon" incident. The British folk rock group, which plays the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colo., on August 19, already has made quite an impression since hitting these shores in 2011. Right off the bat, after performing at the Folk Alliance in Memphis, they signed with a U.S. label (Playing in Traffic Records) and recorded their first album, Blind Sighted Faith in June 2011 at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio outside Austin, Texas. This year they won high praise and support from former Rolling Stone magazine wunderkind-turned-movie director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous), who eventually went to see them play at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles. Then came a series of whirlwind appearances at South by Southwest in Austin this March, setting the stage for ...
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Five songs to get you in the summer groove
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
KARACHI:  Whether you’re working out, shopping, or stuck in a snoozefest nine to five job this summer, there is one thing that can definitely set you free and make those never ending torturous hours fly faster – music! These days it’s more Indian than English songs that cable TV plays so we have a list of popular songs that should definitely make it to your iPods. The summer anthem: “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepson The first time you hear it, its super annoying and then the inevitable happens — it’s stuck in your head and you just can’t get it out. I heard it in a store and kept humming it all day, not knowing who the artist was. Catering to my curiosity, I googled it and to my surprise found out that the Canadian artist behind this song, Carly Rae Jepson was actually popstar Justin Bieber’s discovery. From being a nobody, she’s become a hit wonder, with another song “Good Time” slowly climbing the charts. Her overall packaging and sound ...
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Suu Kyi walks on with Bono to Ireland; U2 singer lauds democracy activist as 'tough customer'
Fox News - over 4 years
Aung San Suu Kyi and Bono joined forces Monday as the Myanmar democracy activist's European tour moved from the home of the Nobel Peace Prize to the land of U2. The pair spent more than an hour answering questions at an Oslo conference of peace mediators at the end of Suu Kyi's four-day visit to Norway. Then they jetted together to the Irish capital, Dublin, for an evening concert in her honor. Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore and a trio of children, two of them Burmese nationals, offered Suu Kyi flowers as she arrived at Dublin Airport. After meeting Irish President Michael D. Higgins, she arrived at a riverside theater to thunderous cheers and applause, with Bono and Nobel laureate poet Seamus Heaney walking alongside her down the red carpet. Inside, Amnesty International organized a three-hour show of songs, poems and speeches in her honor featuring top Irish stars, and set against a backdrop of a wall of opened birdcages symbolizi ...
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Phillips on 'American Idol': 'I'm not that great a singer'
LATimes - almost 5 years
Only hours after being declared the winner of Season 11 of "American Idol," Phillip Phillips still sounded like he was struggling to grasp the dimensions of his accomplishment when he got on the phone Thursday to take calls from reporters. "It's so unreal," he said, allowing that, yes, he was feeling relieved that the competition was over, but also sort of bowled over by the dramatic changes in his life the win would bring. "It's kind of crazy." Still, though Phillips insists he hadn't expected to win -– "I honestly thought [runner-up Jessica Sanchez] was gonna win; she has such an amazing voice" -– he's nevertheless planned for the next stage in his musical career, which he'll be able to focus on without health distractions as soon as he gets his much-needed kidney surgery "pretty soon." (He expects to be 100% recovered by the time the "Idol" tour kicks off this summer.)   His first album, he said, will fuse rock and jazz and acoustic elements into his own trademark sound. "I' ...
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American Idol 2012 Season 11 Top 4 Performances Recap
Celebrity News & Style - almost 5 years
Last night on ‘American Idol’ season 11, Jessica, Joshua, Phillip, and habitual bottom-ender Hollie took on “California Dreamin’,” and “The Song I Wish I Wrote.” Basically, they could pick any two songs they wanted to. Which is kind of how I like it. First up was Phillip Phillips. Even his brother-in-law thought his performance last week of “Time of the Season” sounded pretty rough. Last night, “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” was better, but for me, not one of his best, despite Jennifer saying it had a “Joe kinda Cocker quality” to it that she hadn’t heard before. And I thought she’d listened to Phillip before. Obviously not! I preferred Phillip’s stripped down second performance of Damien Rice’s “Volcano.” Vocally, it wasn’t perfect but the dark setting made it really dramatic. The judges were full of praise and Jennifer even went so far as to say it was “one of the most beautiful, poignant moments” in the show’s history. “Few people could have pulled that off on a competition sho ...
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American Idol Recap: Top 4 Performance Episode 5/9/12
Beleb Dirty Laundry - almost 5 years
Tonight is an all new performance episode of “American Idol” and we will get to see the top four competitors take on two songs, along with a duet. It’s all coming down to the wire as the remaining contestants battle it out for the “Idol” crown. In case you’ve missed the elimination of country singer Skylar Laine, you can our full official recap here. Tonight’s theme is “California Dreamin’” and “Songs They Wish They’d Written” and we will see the contestants sing two songs. Tonight’s song list is “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Steal Away” by Etta James, “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban and “Faithfully” by Journey. For the songs the Idols wish they’d written, they will be performing “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” by Jennifer Holliday, “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt, “Volcano” by Damien Rice and “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown. For the duets portion of the show, they will take on “This Love” by Maroon 5 and “Eter ...
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Perez Reviews: Once!
Perez Hilton - almost 5 years
Wow. Wow. Wow! We were blown away by the Broadway adaptation of Once on Saturday! The musical was exhilarating! It was earnest and poignant but also vibrant and fun! The helpless romantic in us couldn't help but be riveted by the captivating love story, told so beautifully and honestly. And the lead performances, by Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti were inspired! So soulful! Rooted in a sense of realness. The music, which we had never heard before but are totally buying the soundtrack to, was so moving! It's like One Republic meets Damien Rice. It's rooted in the folk earnestness of Rice but also has the commercial appeal of One Republic. The ensemble was great as well! No complaints, except for we wish Milioti's character had an additional song or two. The show was driven by Kazee's character, and thankfully he handled it with such finesse. And Cristin's portrayal was so multidimensional and emotionally rich! We can't recommend Once enough! It's right up there wi ...
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Event review: Dogwood Festival delights
Atlanta In Town - almost 5 years
Editor’s Note: Last year, INtown partnered with the freelance writing class at SCAD-Atlanta to create our July issue. This year, students are contributing articles, video and photos for our website and social media portals. Malee Moua live-tweeted from the Dogwood Festival and brings us this review of the weekend. By Malee S. Moua SCAD INtown Takeover 2.0 The possibility of rain didn’t stop thousands of mothers, sisters and cousins from packing the trails of Piedmont Park for the annual Dogwood Festival. The breeze wafted the savory smoke from Shane’s Rib Shack into the crowd. I was delightfully overwhelmed by my gastronomic options. Around every corner was the prospect of enjoying a sugary funnel cake. The Deadfields, a local country band, sung to the audience, “dot your t’s and cross your i’s.” There was a lively melody of rich conversation, good music and lots of laughter. Inside the Friends of Dogwood Pavilion, chefs from some Atlanta’s favorite restaurants showcases their s ...
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OneFest: Stephen Budd
Clash - almost 5 years
At its heart, a festival should reflect the community which surrounds it. Events such as Glastonbury manage to make each person feel part of something bigger, something important. Beginning as an entirely community sponsored event, OneFest is something a little different for the festival calendar. Originally known as HoneyFest, the Wiltshire event returns this summer with a new name and a bumper line up. Damon Albarn will perform his 'Dr Dee' opera, while other artists involved include Dry The River, Nick Harper and more. Refusing to budge from their community ethos, OneFest are a reminder that small can still be beautiful. In the first of a two part interview, ClashMusic sat down with festival MD Stephen Budd to chat about the festival's roots and where it is going. - - - Can you tell us about the roots of OneFest? Yes, it was setup originally as a festival to support this project which is the Barge Inn community project. Sandra, who is now a partner of mine in t ...
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A song, a dance for a chance at a modest payday - Stockton Record
Google News - over 5 years
"It's very passionate," said Hill, who choreographed a song ("Cold Water") by Ireland's Damien Rice in 2010. "It changes levels a lot. I interpreted it as a longing for somebody you, maybe, can't have." Hill, a graduate of Stockton's Venture Academy
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Damien Rice
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 40
    After eight years of various collaborations, Rice released his third studio album My Favourite Faded Fantasy on 31 October 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Rice's personal activities include musical contributions to charitable projects such as the Songs for Tibet, Freedom Campaign and the Enough Project. Rice was born to George and Maureen Rice, and raised in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland.
    On the Damien Rice official website the date given for the official release was 3 November 2014.
    More Details Hide Details The album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy featuring the first single "I Don't Want To Change You" was released worldwide 10 November 2014 to critical acclaim from NPR’s Robin Hilton stating "The upcoming Damien Rice album is incredible " and the London Evening Standard said "Damien Rice…is returning with one of the albums of the year." Rice participated in the Freedom Campaign, the Burma Campaign UK and the U.S. Campaign for Burma to free Burmese democracy movement leader Aung San Suu Kyi. He campaigned for her release by writing and performing the song "Unplayed Piano" at the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo. Damien is also second cousin to lead singer and fellow songwriter, Stevie Mann of Irish rock band Nine Lies.
    On 4 September 2014, Rice's official Twitter account announced his third album My Favourite Faded Fantasy, due to 31 October.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 39
    In May 2013, Rice told the audience at the South Korea Seoul Jazz Festival 2013 that he is working on a new album.
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  • 2011
    Age 37
    In spring 2011, Rice featured on the debut album by French actress and singer Melanie Laurent.
    More Details Hide Details He appears on two tracks on her debut album En t'attendant while collaborating on a total of five tracks which feature on the album.
  • 2010
    Age 36
    In 2010, he contributed the song "Lonely Soldier" to the Enough Project and played at the Iceland Inspires concert held in Hljómskálagarðurinn near Reykjavík centrum.
    More Details Hide Details Rice recorded a cover of the Juniper track, "Crosseyed Bear" for the compilation, Help: A Day in the Life. Rice's albums are published under his record label Heffa (originally named DRM) in Ireland and Vector Records in North America. Records released in the UK, Europe and other countries are published by 14th Floor Records via Warner Music.
  • 2008
    Age 34
    In 2008 he contributed the song "Making Noise" for the album Songs for Tibet: The Art of Peace in support of the 14th Dalai Lama and Tibet.
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  • 2006
    Age 32
    In 2006 Rice released his second album 9 which was recorded during the two years prior. 2007 was a year of touring with Rice appearing at England's Glastonbury Festival and the Rock Werchter festival in Belgium.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 28
    In 2002, Rice's debut album O was released in Ireland, the UK and the United States.
    More Details Hide Details The album peaked at No. 8 on the UK albums chart and remained on the chart for 97 weeks, selling 650,000 copies in the US. The album won the Shortlist Music Prize and the songs "Cannonball" and "Volcano" became top 30 hits in the UK.
    In 2002 his debut album O reached No. 8 on the UK albums chart, won the Shortlist Music Prize and generated three top-30 singles in the UK.
    More Details Hide Details Rice released his second album 9 in 2006 and his songs have appeared in numerous films and television episodes.
  • 2001
    Age 27
    In 2001, Rice's song "The Blower's Daughter" made a top 40 chart.
    More Details Hide Details Over the next year he continued to record his album with guitarist Mark Kelly, New York drummer Tom Osander aka Tomo, Paris pianist Jean Meunier, London producer David Arnold, County Meath vocalist Lisa Hannigan and cellist Vyvienne Long. Rice then embarked on a tour of Ireland with Hannigan, Tomo, Vyvienne, Mark, and Dublin bassist Shane Fitzsimons.
  • 1998
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rice moved to Tuscany in Italy and took up farming for some time, then returned to Ireland before busking around Europe. After returning to Ireland a second time, Rice gave a demo recording to his second cousin, music producer David Arnold who then gave Rice a mobile studio.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1991
    Age 17
    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. Kildare as students. After touring throughout Ireland the band released their debut EP Manna in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details 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. They also recorded but never released "Tongue".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Born
    Born on December 7, 1973.
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