March 17, 1990 is Andrew Hozier-Byrne’s birthday. It’s also St. Patrick’s Day, a national holiday in Ireland and a reason to celebrate the Irish around the world.
With a heavy tour schedule since 2014, Hozier has spent his last two birthdays on the road. Here are some #TBT birthday memories for you. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Happy Birthday Hozier!
— Hozier (@Hozier) March 17, 2014
— John Foley (@ToxicJohn) March 18, 2014
Hozier played to a packed house on his first-ever gig in Los Angeles, having just left showcases at SXSW in Austin, and his debut American show in New York only a week earlier.
From and interview with Variance Magazine:
I had a gig the night of the 17th,” he recalls. “So I went out on the 16th a little but on the actual day, I did the show and the crowd knew so they sang me ‘Happy Birthday.’ Well, after that—my manager is good friends with Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, so I ended up having a few drinks with Joe while he told stories. It was incredible, a great way to spend a birthday. And I also experienced my first earthquake that day. I didn’t know what was going on, feeling the earth literally shaking under me. I don’t recommend that.
— Caroline Downey (@CarolineAtMCD) March 17, 2014
And back home on 17 March, there’s a traffic jam in the Wicklow Hills as Take Me To Church rings out:
— VH1 (@VH1) March 17, 2015
Hozier received a lovely tribute from fans around the world.
I can say with confidence that I have some of the sweetest, most thoughtful fans in the world. Thank you for this. https://t.co/qwJMwad8lO
— Hozier (@Hozier) March 18, 2015
In Dallas, Hozier talked about the fan lyric video:
On his birthday in 2015, Hozier played the last of 3 nights at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
— AC Entertainment (@AC_Ent) March 17, 2015
— emma (@emma_jeane) March 17, 2015
George Ezra opened on this leg of Hozier’s US tour last year. (George would headline at the Ryman less than 8 months later.)
Hozier takes the stage and the audience had a special greeting for him.
And then, at the encore, a rare celebratory shot on stage for Hozier and the band. (A passing request for Alana Henderson to sing a line from The Parting Glass would sadly go unfulfilled.)
Yummy 😝 3/17 Bday pic.twitter.com/ophBg7GCun
— Carmen (@LDayCalico) March 28, 2015
— brian_mansfield (@brian_mansfield) March 18, 2015
As Alana wasn’t able to sing The Parting Glass last year, we’ll leave you with Ed Sheeran’s performance of this Irish traditional song at The Artist’s Den, published on St. Patrick’s Day 2014.
Our best wishes to Hozier for a very happy 26th birthday as he’s finally home with friends and family to celebrate!
UPDATE: 2016 Birthday Greetings
We’ve updated this post with some of the many birthday greetings that were sent to Hozier this year.
— Caroline Downey (@CarolineAtMCD) March 17, 2016
A Happy Birthday To You ,My friend pic.twitter.com/mdejLZ2Qob
— ALVIN YOUNGBLOODHART (@MotivSpkr6L6) March 17, 2016
More from The Academic, Matt McAndrew, Communion Music, Newport Folk Festival, Beale Street Music Festival, Bumbershoot Festival, Radio City Music Hall, Moda Center, Bands In Town, Vox Amplifiers and The Ivor Novello Awards.
— Pup Aid 2016 (@pupaid) March 17, 2016
— SAFE Ireland (@SAFEIreland) March 17, 2016
— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) March 17, 2016
— Ehhhhms (@ems_wh) March 16, 2016
There were so many fan tributes that poured in for Hozier’s birthday that it’s impossible to mention them all! Shout outs to these special fan projects: Sweet Relief donation and guitar strap, sing-a-long, cake toppers and epic fan art video.
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