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Oscar-winner for hire -- Hansard hopes for last-minute boost to gig auction for Haiti

Oscar-winning songwriter Glen Hansard is auctioning a special private gig to raise funds for Haiti -- but has only raised over €3,200 in the past week.

The auction for the charity performance, which will take place on Friday, began last Tuesday but has attracted just 15 bidders. The Frames frontman will be performing alongside folk singer Mark Geary, with the promise of "special guests".

The Glen Hansard And Mark Geary House Gig has been put up for auction on eBay's Irish homepage, but the prices are being presented in sterling -- however it converts to €3,200.

The performance is being advertised as "a unique opportunity to have Glen, Mark and friends come to your house and play a private concert for you and all your friends".

The only restriction is that the performance must take place on Friday, and that the location must be within two hours drive of Dublin.

It now looks like the winner will be getting the impressive prize at a bargain price.

Hansard has not exactly been setting the world alight since he won the Oscar for Falling Slowly in 2008.

But the pair are not downhearted and believe they can still raise more money for the Medecins Sans Frontiers organisation working in Haiti.

Bidding for the in-house gig will close by the end of tomorrow and Geary said that they expect a number of last-minute bidders to increase proceeds.

"We're expecting some last-minute bids. We certainly know some fans who are clubbing together and plan to start bidding in the closing minutes," said Geary.

This is the second charity gig in the past month for Hansard.

The singer, who got his start busking on Grafton St, was in the city to perform an impromptu charity gig on the shopping street alongside Mundy.

They hoped to raise money for the homeless charity, Simon, but as donations began piling up, gardai were forced to close down the surprise concert, which had brought shopping to a standstill.

  • Artists are joining in the fundraising efforts for victims of the earthquake by holding a special sale of original artwork.

The work of Fionnuala Nolan, Rosemary Burns and Noreen O'Hanlon will be available for sale at an all day event in Dun Laoghaire Art Gallery this Saturday, with profits going to a Haitian orphanage run by an Irish nun.

The event promises to combine the best of Irish talent with entertainment, with live music and refreshments all day.