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Hozier’s Guitars often publishes news about Hozier’s touring bandmates, friends, and collaborators both here and on our social channels. Now you can access information about their latest gigs and projects on this page.

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Alana Henderson  ||  Alex Ryan / Black Fox Leash  ||  BARQ  ||  Lagoon Pictures  ||  Little Green Cars  ||  Loah  ||  Lorraine Barnes / Guerra  ||  Mia Fitz / SIIGHTS  ||  Rachael Lampa  ||  ROMES  ||  Rory Doyle  ||  Ruby Amanfu  ||  Saint Sister  ||  Stoneface Films  ||  Wyvern Lingo  ||  Zaska

Now each of the featured Friends has their own archive page! Access them from the Friends drop-down menu, or from the Archive News page.

Alana Henderson

ABOUT: Alana Henderson played cello & provided backing vocals on Hozier’s tour from May 2014 to March 2016. Alana is a singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland who plays multiple instruments, including cello, ukulele, piano, flute and tin whistle. She has released an album of reinterpreted traditional Irish folk songs, as well as an EP of her own compositions.  

Dec 15: Alana was chosen to be one of 6 recipients of Help Musicians NI (HMNI) Fusion Fund which facilitates creative collaborations. Dec 14: Alana’s Spotify fans come from 61 different countries. Dec 12: Alana will be on a panel at Output Belfast on February 8 called 20 Feet from Stardom – making it as a session musician. Nov 30: Interview with Zapbang Magazine. Nov 28: Free download of Let This Remain from Pure Grain Audio.

More:  Alanna Henderson Archive

Current Release: Let This Remain – Available on Spotify, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, iTunes and all the usual online places.

Alex Ryan

ABOUT: Alex played bass with backing vocals and was the Musical Director on the Hozier tour from the very early tours in 2013 through to March 2016. Alex also played on and did the orchestral arrangements on Hozier’s Better Love and co-produced Saint Sister’s EP and subsequent singles. Previously, he played with Trinity Orchestra and has an accomplished choral background. He wrote the score to the film Darkness on the Edge of Town. Alex also creates music with his brother, Patrick Ryan, as Black Fox Leash

More: Alex Ryan / Black Fox Leash Archive

Dec 19: Make We Merry is #1 on the Irish Classical Music charts. It’s available on itunes or direct from New Dublin Voices. Dec 1: Alex revised his composition of In The Bleak Midwinter for his old choral group, New Dublin Voices. It appears on their newest release for Christmas, Make We Merry. Nov 30: At long last, Alex has his Pete Skjold custom bass in hand and he’s thrilled.

Current Release: The Fire EP – Available on SpotifySoundcloud, iTunes and all the usual online places.



ABOUT: Lead singer Jess Kavanagh, drummer Stephen McHale, bassist Neil Dorrington, drummer Tommy Gray are BARQ. Tommy, Neil and Jess have all played with Zaska at points with and without Hozier in that arrangement. Jess sang with Hozier, including performing backing vocals on early Hozier tours in 2013-2014. All are sought-after session musicians performing individually on other projects. Together they make a jazz-soul-funk sound that they call agrosoul. 

Nov 2: BARQ played their reimagining of the Pulp Fiction soundtrack for Smithwick’s Soundtrack Series at The Opium Rooms in Dublin, including Son of a Preacher Man. Also, Jess was interviewed by kids for a new RTÉjr show, The One Where Kids Talk. Oct 31: Optimus Prime added to Spotify’s A Breath of Fresh Eire playlist. Oct 28: Jess performed a Halloween Film Fatale Dance Macabre event. Oct 26: Jess finished her tour on vocals with The Waterboys at the 3 Arena in Dublin. These are the pics from the tour that took them through the UK, beginning October 18 in Bristol, with a final gig in Dublin. Oct 25: Stephen McHale and Neil Dorrington were part of the house band for the I Heart Elliot Smith gig at Whelan’s. Oct 18: Jess and her heritage story is featured in the exhibition, I Am Irish, celebrating diversity. Oct 17: BARQ played Dolan’s in Limerick for the Smithwick’s Soundtrack seriesOct 13: BARQ were interviewed by the OB Blog for the Making Waves documentary. Oct 9: The band spent some time relaxing in New York after their Mondo showcase. Oct 8: Postcards from New YorkOct 6: BARQ showcased at Rockwood Music Hall as part of Mondo New York. Oct 5: Postcards from New York BARQ made an appearance on 8 Radio Ireland’s A Cuppa.

More: BARQ Archive

Current Release: Optimus Prime – available on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes and all the usual online places.


Lagoon Pictures

ABOUT: Patrick Ryan and Tommy Fitzgerald are Lagoon Pictures and are known for their acclaimed film, Darkness on the Edge of Town, with a score by Patrick’s brother, Alex Ryan. They have also produced music videos for Wyvern Lingo and Lorraine Barnes (Guerra). A long-time friend of Hozier, Patrick joined the band on stage to play guitar on Blackbird during the last gig of the tour in Istanbul on March 3, 2016.  See Alex Ryan for information on Black Fox Leash, their rockin’ collaboration. 

June 24: Lagoon Pictures (and Stoneface Films) cinematographer, Tommy Fitzgerald brought beautiful light to MMA superstar Conor McGregor at his gym.

More: Lagoon Pictures Archive

Little Green Cars

ABOUT: Old friends Little Green Cars supported Hozier on tour in the USA in autumn 2015. Singer-guitarist Stevie Appleby is also a visual artist. Singer-guitarist Faye O’Rourke & Susannah Appleby (Stevie’s sister) founded IMP Hour. Guitarist/pianist Adam O’Regan directed the 4 music videos from their last album, Ephemera. Drummer Dylan Lynch has been a member of Zaska. 

July 7: Stevie Appleby was a guest on the Vega Chakra talks overthinking Tinder and making friends in the Dublin music scene. and  July 1: Little Green Cars played Ballymaloe Malt & Music Festival in Shanagarry, Co. Cork June 23: There’s an article about Little Green Cars recording their third album and an interview with Adam O’Reagan in Cork’s Evening Echo. If this article, their demo clip and Dylan’s excitement at Arcade Fire are anything to go by, this album might require some dancing shoes.  June 22: Dylan Lynch was the first guest on the Vega Chakra podcast. You can see the full hour-long video here. Or two shorter clips on his being an astrophile and on meeting Hozier through playing with Max Zaska and being friendsJune 16: Stevie Appleby performed some of his poetry, including Breakdown at a Urinal, at The Poetry Brothel as part of Bloomsday 2017. June 11: Little Green Cars have been recording in Co. Westmeath and giving snapshots of life there, passing the time. Reading and cats.

More: Little Green Cars Archive



ABOUT: Loah co-wrote Someone New with Hozier, winning a BMI Award in London for the song. The Irish-Sierra Leonian singer-composer is signed to Ensemble Music, a group led by fellow Trinity Orchestra alumni, Rob Farhat and Rob Kearns. Loah has also collaborated with Max Zaska and Dylan Lynch (Little Green Cars) in the jazz ensemble, Jazzberries

July 11: District Magazine has an audio interview with Loah. July 7: Loah played the spectacular Mitchelstown Cave as part of Clonmel Junction Festival, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. July 5: Video of  This Heart from the live session at Today FM is released. July 4: Loah is included in this month’s Aer Lingus in-flight Cara Magazine as one of six (including Saint Sister) new Irish musicians. As well, Loah was featured as one of The Thin Air’s best Irish releases so far this year. June 30: Fedah, who has often provided backing vocals for her sister Loah, recently joined Twitter and Nialler 9 picked the Afro-soul track Like No Other from her upcoming EP as one of his favourites from 2016. Her EP release will be at the Sugar Club in Dublin on August 11 but you can pre-order it now from Hip Drop Records.  28: Upcoming Artist/Producer interview coming from Hellfire Studio and District Magazine put Loah’s song, Unveiled, at number 15 on their Irish top 20 for June. June 27: Today FM’s Body & Soul Session with Loah aired. June 24: Loah played the Body & Soul Festival, in Co. Westmeath. Golden Plec review. June 19: Loah was a Golden Plec pick for the Body & Soul Festival and had a great EP review from The Quietus. June 16: Sun Times Culture section featured a piece on Loah. June 15: Loah played Tower Records in Dublin for the live release of her EP, This Heart. She also stopped by the Louise Duffy show on Today FM to record a live session.  June 14: Review and advance release of the This Heart EP from Line of Best Fit. June 11: Loah did a live session and chatted about her EP on Today FM’s Totally Irish.  

More: Loah Archive


Lorraine Barnes / Guerra

ABOUT: Lorraine Barnes joined Hozier’s tour as a backing vocalist on tour from January 2015 to March 2016. Lorraine has performed as a vocalist with Sting, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Róisín Murphy and Emeli Sandé. She is also a songwriter, performing as Guerra.

July 8: BST at Hyde Park, London, England saw The Killers play to a sold-out audience that included Prince HarryJuly 7: Bilbao BBK Live, Bilbao, Spain. July 5: Exit Festival, Belgrade, Serbia. July 1: Bravalla Music Festival, Norrköping, Sweden. June 29: Provinssi Music Festival, Seinäjoella, Finland. June 25: The Killers played a surprise set on the John Peel Stage at the Glastonbury Festival. The backing vocals play a key role in The Killers’ new single The Man. June 24: Ejekt Festival, Athens, Greece. June 22: Crossing paths with a friend from the Hozier tour at Tinderbox Festival in Odense, Denmark. June 21: Lorraine was in rehearsals with The Killers before embarking on their tour of Europe.

More: Lorraine Barnes / Guerra Archive

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Mia Fitz / SIIGHTS

ABOUT: Mia Fitzgerald played keyboards, guitar, percussion & vocals on the Hozier tour from July 2014 to March 2016. Mia is a multi-instrumentalist (keys, guitar, bass, drums), vocalist, producer and engineer. She is currently collaborating with Toni Etherson as SIIGHTS

July 3: In the Irish Times, Nialler 9 named Nobody Like U as one of his favourite tracks. June 30: Vents Magazine featured an interview with SIIGHTS. June 29: Nobody Like U had more than 100,000 views across platforms in one week. June 27: Interview with FM Famemagazine explained how the video was filmed in The Philippines, Bali, and Thailand. June 23: Their newest single Nobody Like U was released across all platformsJune 20: Nobody Like U premiered on RTE 2FM and on WNYU in the US (June 22). June 14: SIIGHTS announce Nobody Like U track to be released on June 23.

More: Mia Fitz – SIIGHTS Archive

Rachael Lampa

ABOUT: Singer-songwriter Rachael Lampa joined the Hozier tour on backing vocals along with Ruby Amanfu in September 2014 and stayed until the end of the tour in March 2016. Rachael has released 7 albums to much success, starting from age 15, and is a well-known artist in Contemporary Christian Music. She celebrated the birth of her first child, Jackson, on September 18, 2016. 

July 5: Rachael is in studio writing new musicJune 23:  Rachael wished ex-touring b/g partner, Ruby Amanfu, a happy birthday. June 14: Rachael’s got some sleep-deprived lyrics.

More: Rachael Lampa Archive


ABOUT: Based in Toronto, ROMES are 1/2 Canadian (Jacob Alexander, Nicolas Amadeus) and 1/2 Irish (James Tebbitt, Andrew Keyes). They have been friends with Hozier since they met in high school in Bray. The band released their debut EP, Believe, in 2016 and will be releasing their debut album in early 2017.

July 10: Billboard Magazine premiered the new self-shot ROMES video for Summer Sound and it’s hilarious, for all the right reasons. July 5:ROMES are pretty good live“, they’ve “stepped up their lighting game“, were praised for bringing their own lighting and “played a SPECTACULAR show” (review). Bowery Ballroom, New YorkJuly 4: Romes arrived in Montreal to do an acoustic session at Evenko concert promotions before playing their show at Sala RossaJuly 2: Someone gets Australian radio premier. And Summer Sound is on Irish radio. ROMES are done with rehearsals, and the tour began in Toronto at Lee’s PalaceJuly 1: ROMES announced that they’ve surpassed the 3 million streams milestone on SpotifyJune 30: Summer Sound was released across all music platformsJune 29: ROMES showed off their new T-shirts, available at their merch table on tour (it will be online in the future.) June 22: ROMES announced a new single to be released on June 30, along with a series of teasers. June 19: ROMES announced that their Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg shows would be postponed due to laryngitisJune 11: The Aussie Word featured an interview with ROMES. June 8: The band released a behind-the-scenes video for Tryna Be and it’s all about the turtle.  

More: ROMES Archive


  • July 13 – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY
  • July 16 – Ortilebs, Philadelphia, PA

Rory Doyle

ABOUT: Rory Doyle provided drums & backing vocals from July 2014 to March 2016 and Hozier often referred to him as “the heart and soul of the tour”. Rory is an established session drummer and has played for years with The Walls and on Bell X1‘s live tours. 

July 8: Bell X1 (with Rory on drumsplayed at Trinity College Park Summer Series, Dublin, with Frightened Rabbit opening. Hot Press reviewJuly 4: Rory paid tribute to drummer John Blackwell Jr. who played with Prince for over 10 years as part of the New Power Generation. June 14: Rory is featured on the new CC Brez track When it Falls. The video was shot and edited by Dara Munnis (frequent Hozier photographer and videographer for the original Cherry Wine video and the Jackie and Wilson video).


Ruby Amanfu

ABOUT: Ruby Amanfu joined the Hozier tour on backing vocals with her Nashville friend, Rachael Lampa. She was on tour for 6 weeks at the launch of the album in the USA (Sept 29 – Nov 6, 2014). Ruby has had a long working relationship with Jack White. She released her album Standing Still in 2015 and appeared at the Newport Folk Festival in 2016. 

July 7: Announced appearance at The Songs of John Prine at Basement East in Nashville, TN on July 27. July 1: Ruby accompanied Steelism at the Festival for the Eno River in Durham, NC. Jun 30: Played Scruffy City Hall in Knoxville, TN with Steelism and then hit up a waffle houseJune 29: Ruby played the Mercury Lounge with Steelism in Nashville and received a lovely write-up in The News & Observer in advance of her Durham appearance. Jun 15: Ruby’s appearing on the CMT series, Nashville, again this evening. June 14: Ruby’s collaboration with duo, Steelism, called Roulette, is now on SpotifyJune 8: Ruby will be doing an in-store appearance with Steelism in Grimey’s on June 23. 

More: Ruby Amanfu Archive


Saint Sister

ABOUT: Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty are atmosfolk duo Saint Sister. They, along with Hozier and Alex Ryan, are Trinity Orchestra alumni. Alex co-produced their 2015 Madrid EP along with their double A-side single, Tin Man / Corpses, and the current track, Causing Trouble.

July 4: Fondation Fernet Branca, St. Louis, France. July 3: Babeuf, Freiburg, Germany. July 2: Werkraum Schöpflin, Brombach, Germany. July 1: Café Verkehrt, Murg-Oberhof, Germany. June 30: Guggenheim, Liestal, Switzerland. June 29: Start of the Stimmen Festival Tour: Rathausplatz, Binzen, Germany. June 26: Saint Sister announced June & July shows in Germany, Switzerland, and France as part of the Stimmen Festival Tour. June 15:Across the Line at 30‘ on BBC Radio Ulster anniversary special included Saint Sister. Jun 7: Saint Sister played an impressive headline show at National Concert Hall, Dublin. Lisa Hannigan joined them to cover Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne. The duo also had a brass section and 6 backing vocalists on some songs, which included Alex Ryan, Karen Cowley, and Siobra Quinlan, all friends from their time at Trinity College. The show was filmed by Bob Gallagher, who also shot their video for Tin ManSetlist, outstanding Golden Plec review, Journal of Music review, and photos. 

More: Saint Sister Archive


  • July 13 – Regional Cultural Centre, Earagail Arts, Donegal, IE
  • July 14 – The Band Room, Yorkshire, England
  • July 15 – Lake StageLatitude Festival, Suffolk, England
  • July 29 – Róisín Dubh, Galway Arts Festival, Galway, IE
  • Aug 13 – Set Theatre, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny, IE
  • Sept 2 – Other Voices Live stage, Electric Picnic, Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois.
  • Oct 1, 2017 – 7 Layers Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Album release planned for autumn.

Stoneface Films

ABOUT: Stoneface Films wrote the treatment for Hozier’s Someone New video and is a film company that produces music videos for many Irish artists. Creative partners Jon Hozier-Byrne (Director, and Hozier’s brother) and Davey Reilly (stand-up comedian) often work with cinematographer, Tommy Fitzgerald (see also Lagoon Pictures). Jon and Davey produce a twice-weekly podcast with Rob O’Sullivan from Sentinel Audio Productions

Ongoing: Every Monday, Stoneface Films & Sentinel Audio record two episodes of their podcast. Pose questions to be answered to their account.

More: Stoneface Films Archive

Wyvern Lingo

ABOUT: Karen Cowley, Saoirse Duane and Caoimhe Barry are Wyvern Lingo. Karen sang with Hozier in Trinity Orchestra as well as sharing lead vocals with him in Zaska. She duetted with Hozier on the track In A Week on his debut album. Both Karen and Caoimhe have provided backing vocals on tour with Hozier over the years. Saoirse’s sister Queeva played keyboard in Hozier’s touring band in 2014. Wyvern Lingo is also signed to Rubyworks (same as Hozier) and has supported Hozier live several times, most recently on his 2016 UK tour.

July 11: Announced that Wyvern Lingo will be headlining the Whelan’s Stage at Longitude Festival on July 14. July 10: A thank you for all the support and the radio play on the new song from Karen. July 7: Wyvern Lingo did a live performance of I Love You Sadie and a Selena Gomez cover on Today FMJuly 4: Wyvern Lingo played The Ruby Sessions at Doyle’s. July 1: Wyvern Lingo played I Love You Sadie on RTE’s Saturday Night with Miriam. June 30: Wyvern Lingo played Áras an UachtaráinJune 29: Wyvern Lingo premiered their acoustic version of I Love You Sadie recorded at Hellfire Studio on 1883 MagazineJune 27: I Love You Sadie received attention from The Last Mixed Tape, Earmilk, Hot Press,, The Thin Air, District Magazine, and Nialler 9. Wyvern Lingo announced their single launch for I Love You Sadie in The Grand Social on August 25. They also stopped by Girls Rock DublinJune 24: Wyvern Lingo played the Sea Sessions Festival, Donegal. PhotosJune 23: Wyvern Lingo released their new single, I Love You Sadie, a week early. June 20: Golden Plec picked Wyvern Lingo as a must see at the Sea Sessions. June 18: Announced a new single being released on June 30. Jun 7: Karen Cowley supported Saint Sister on vocals at the National Concert Hall. 

More: Wyvern Lingo Archive



ABOUT: Hozier sang lead vocals, along with Karen Cowley (Wyvern Lingo), in Max Zaska’s Funk-Jazz-Future Soul band that includes many accomplished members and alumni including members from Little Green Cars and BARQ. 

July 9: Zaska announced more summer festival appearances. July 6: Announced Zaska will be playing the Beat Yard, August 5-6 in Dun Laoghaire. July 3: Max found his 30-year-old Z-tar in his parent’s garden shed. June 25: The crowd loved Zaska at The Bulmers Lounge at Body & Soul Festival. Photos in The Thin AirJune 24: Zaska played The Pagoda Stage at Body & Soul Festival at Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath. June 20: Rhythm section recording at Hellfire Studio is doneJune 12: Recording at Hellfire Studio continues. June 10: Zaska is recording in Hellfire Studios. June 7: Recording has officially started on Zaska’s debut album, including familiar faces Dylan Lynch (Little Green Cars), Neil Dorrington (BARQ) and long time collaborator, Luke Dunford.

More: Zaska Archive


  • July 15 – Speakeasy Tent, Longitude Festival, Marlay Park, Dublin
  • July 22 – McPhail’s Bar, Global Groove Fest, Drogheda, Co. Louth
  • July 28 – Campfire Stage, Sunflower Fest, Hillsborough, NI
  • Aug 5 – Main Stage, The Beat Yard, Dun Laoghaire
  • Sep 15-17 – Fuinneamh Music & Arts Festival, Dundalk, Co. Louth

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Featured images: Rachael Lampa, Hozier, Jessie Dormer, Dara Munnis.