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.
(From 2016 and 2017.)
July 8: Bell X1 (with Rory on drums) played at Trinity College Park Summer Series, Dublin, with Frightened Rabbit opening. Hot Press review. July 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).
June 6: Rory was back behind the kit for CC Brez, this time on the Ferg D’Arcy show on Today FM. May 25: Rory backed CC Brez on drums for his album launch at The Bowery, Dublin. May 9: Rory Doyle was in Westland Studios drums with CC Brez, while Alex Ryan recorded bass). May 5: Rory was honoured by Zildjian for 15 years of using their cymbals. More: Rory Doyle Archive Apr 24: Announced Bell X1 (acoustic) will be opening for Tori Amos in Europe and UK beginning in September. Apr 21: Rory’s hesitation about laundromats as told by Bell X1’s Paul Noonan in this Hot Press interview. Apr 2: Rory was included in Golden Plec’s music quiz. Mar 23: See Rory behind the kit again in this Bell X1 Session for World Cafe in Philadelphia. Mar 1: Bell X1 in San Francisco at The Chapel. Feb 28: The Troubadour in Los Angeles. Feb 25: Lincoln Hall, Chicago. Feb 24: Bell X1 performed a live set for WPXN’s World Cafe Live, then played a gig at Boot and Saddle, Philly. Feb 23: Bell X1 played The Bowery Ballroom in New York. Feb 22: Rory played with Bell X1 in Boston for the first time in 7 years. Feb 20: Bell X1 announced a last minute free semi-acoustic set in Rochester, NY. Feb 18: Bell X1 announced a free show at noon in Philadelphica on Feb 24. Feb 9: Rory’s in a little fiction from Bell X1’s Paul Noonan speculating on the band’s entry into the U.S. Feb 6: Announced that Bell X1 will play the Trinity College Park Summer Series on July 8 with support from Scottish band Frightened Rabbit. Jan 20 & 21: Rory accompanied Bell X1 on two sold out nights at The Olympia in Dublin, with Pleasure Beach opening. Their afterparty included a few familiar faces. Dec 9: Rory played Abu Dhabi with Bell X1 at a special free show in McGettigan’s. They were previously in Dubai and Australia. Dec 8 & 9 – Rory Doyle with Bell X1 in Dubai & Abu Dhabi, UAE. Nov 15: Rory has returned to the road with his old tour mates, Bell X1 and announced a 6-city tour of the USA in February. Their tour takes them to Australia and the United Arab Emirates in December 2016 plus 2 nights at the Olympia in Dublin in January.