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1 of 1 Rice sold out his surprise show in Dublin venue Whelan's in one minute flat
Rice sold out his surprise show in Dublin venue Whelan's in one minute flat

Kildare folkie Damien Rice has sold out his surprise show in Dublin venue Whelan's in one minute flat. 

Rice (40) made the surprise announcement of the May 13 gig yesterday afternoon and all 300 tickets were gone sixty seconds later. 

He is playing to mark the 25th anniversary of Whelan's, the Wexford Street venue in which he performed some of his earliest shows after leaving Kildare band Juniper in the late 1990s.

Rice went on to enjoy considerable international success with his debut album O in 2002, which featured vocalist Lisa Hannigan and cellist Vyvienne Long.

His second album 9 was released in 2006 and he has since contributed to charitable projects such as the Songs for Tibet, Freedom Campaign and the Enough Project.

Using the stage name Dodi Ma, he was a one-time member of Juniper, the Kildare band who went on to become Bell X1.

Rice has recently been living in Ibiza and the Whelan's show will be his first Irish gig in some time. 

He also plays the Seoul Jazz Festival in Korea on May 17 and the Winterthurer Musikfestwochen, Switzerland on May 23.

Whelan's continue their 25 year celebrations throughout the year. 

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