Monday 11 December 2017

Fans in the frame to raise Haiti funds

Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

GLEN Hansard played live in a fan's living room last night after he and his friend paid €6,500 on eBay for the privilege.

The Frames singer offered the one-off two-hour performance in the Dublin man's home in aid of victims of Haiti's earthquake.

Glasnevin music lover Ciaran Byrne (30) and friend Fabio Molle (28) outbid other eBay users for the special gig.

Last night, they said it was worth every cent. "We've been Frames fans for years; so it's absolutely incredible to have Glen here singing in my front room. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and that's why we decided to do it," said Ciaran.

The pair had spent most of the day moving furniture out of Ciaran's suburban home to ensure there was enough space for the 40 friends and family invited to the acoustic show.

The intimate performance, billed as a "unique opportunity to have Glen and friends come to your house and play a private concert", was first open to bids on eBay on January 21.

However, the two friends said they didn't enter the bidding until the final hours on January 26. "We were always going to wait till the last day," Ciaran said. "Originally we had a budget and when the bidding went over that figure, well, we threw in another €100. We were incredibly lucky."

The funds had come from a jumper-making venture,, which the pair were involved in.

"We made a few quid and wanted to donate it to charity. This seemed the perfect way to do it," said Fabio, whose other job is working in his family's take-away business.

Despite the handsome amount they raised last night, both Hansard and support act Mark Geary have asked for more donations to the Haiti Appeal.

Speaking about the performance, Hansard said: "It's great to be able to do the gig and get the money directly to the people that need it. This is probably the nicest way you can spend time, playing music in someone's house, they get to invite who they want and we're making money for Haiti."

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