Hiatus Happenings: Q4 2017 October to December

Odds and ends of Hozier news during his hiatus.
(Check out the last quarter: Q3 2017.)

December 2017

Dec 29: Hozier was the super secret guest at the JAMboree for Golden Plec. Unfortunately, he was ill and couldn’t perform alongside his old Zaska band, Dylan Lynch (Little Green Cars), Kevin Higgins (bass), Johnny Taylor (keys) and Karen Cowley (Wyvern Lingo). Other performers included Someone New co-writer, Loah, James Smith (Gypsies on the Autobahn), Kojaque, Melinda Malone, Super Silly, Danny G, and Carly Coonagh.

Dec 26: Hozier has landed on Spotify’s lists of top-streaming music in Ireland this year. He’s #8 on the list of Irish Artists streamed in Ireland. His self-titled album ranked #2 on the list of Irish albums, while Take Me To Church was #13 on the list of Irish songs streamed in Ireland this year (4 years after it was initially released!)

Dec 25: Wishing everyone a gorgeous holiday.


Glen Hansard’s Annual Christmas Eve Busk

Dec 24: Hozier participated in Glen Hansard’s annual Christmas Eve Busk in support of Dublin Simon Community, an organization that supports the homeless.

This is Hozier’s 3rd year participating in the annual jam. Last year the event was shut down after only 3 songs, due to overcrowding on Grafton Street.

This year, the location was moved to the adjacent Gaiety Theatre (owned by Hozier’s manager, Caroline Downey) which hosted the busk with a stage, safety barriers, a PA system, and a warm place to get organized. It was the first time the busk has had amplification.

Hozier performed To Be Alone for an appreciative crowd.

More clips of To Be Alone here, hereherehere, here, and here.

The finale featured Glen Hansard, Danny O’Reilly (The Coronas), Hozier, Roísin O, Harry Hudson Taylor, Imelda May and more singing The Auld Triangle and John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over).

The crowd sang along loudly!

More video clips of The Auld Triangle herehere, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and clips of Happy Xmas (War is Over) are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here. And this has a great view of these performances.

You can watch the entire busk, thanks to @Taraustralis who Periscoped the whole event!

Pro shots are below, here, here with other noteworthy photos herehere, here and here.

More from Stefan Tivodar.

More from Tom Flynn.

Highlights are here, here, here, here, here, here and below. The setlist and performers are here.


Dec 23:
All the little birdies on Jaybird Street
Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet

Dec 14: Though he’s not performing in this year’s ISPCC Xmas Ball, Hozier is urging donations.

Hozier headlined the Xmas Ball in 2015, closing out the night with an all-star jam of Santa Claus is Coming To Town with Little Green Cars, The Coronas, Wyvern Lingo, Hudson Taylor, Ryan Sheridan, and Riptide Movement.

Dec 10: When a clever tweet blows up with tens of thousands of likes, Hozier was compelled to respond. It’s on its way, folks…

Dec 9: Hozier’s giving the film, Lady Bird, the big thumbs up for friend Saoirse Ronan. He attended the VIP screening hosted by Universal Pictures and Image Magazine.


Dec 6: Hozier is participating in the #EndTheSilence campaign to find homes for children and end the use of orphanages. Hope and Homes for Children is the organization looking to raise £1.5 million by December 27, which will be matched pound-for-pound by the UK government. The effort is being championed by Elton John, Ed Sheeran and other artists in conjunction with UKAid and YouTube. Check out more at https://www.endthesilence.com/hozier.

November 2017

Nov 27: Hozier over a twinkling, crystal clear London.

Ah would you look at ye there, London, all twinkle and shine

A post shared by Andrew Hozier Byrne (@hozier) on


Nov 26: Hozier visited with children and families, and then performed a couple of songs at the Laura Lynn children’s hospice for their #LightUpLauraLynn Christmas event.

A highlight was a gift of a tremendous Christmas jumper that lights with Animal from the Muppets which he wore with pride during his appearance. In comments on his post, Hozier explained:

“its Animal. They made it there with the kids! It’s Animal, and it. Lights. Up. they had no stencils that morning, cut it out of hand drawn felt! Legends <3”

Hozier performed Take Me To Church for the chilly crowd.

And then he was joined by Niamh from HamsandwicH, Tony from The Young Folk and John Byrne to perform Winter Wonderland.

Here’s another view of the performance.


Nov 26: We’d love to hear Hozier cover Van Morrison’s St. Dominic’s Preview too.

Nov 24: A reminder to quit griping and get back to creating.

Nov 15: Hozier reacts to Australia voting yes to marriage equality.

Honouring Rob Stringer

Nov 6: The Music Industry Trusts Award (MITS) raises money for nominated charities (The Brit Trust and Nordoff Robbins) while honouring an individual who has contributed significantly to the UK music industry. This year’s recipient is Rob Stringer,  CEO of Sony Music Entertainment worldwide. Rob was instrumental in signing Hozier to Columbia in October 2013.

Performances at the event included Harry Styles, Camilia Cabello, George Ezra, and ELO,

Fundraising auction items on display.


Nov 5: Seeing Venus in Fur, starring Natalie Dormer, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London.

BIMM Graduation

Nov 2: Hozier gave the commencement speech to the graduating class of BIMM Dublin. Afterward, Little Green Cars performed.

@hozier @bimm_dublin graduation this evening.👏😂

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October 2017

Oct 31: Happy Halloween as Gaeilge!
(Non-Irish speakers will find Google translate helps, but is not always to be trusted.)

Oct 30: Take Me To Church is still charting around the world, more than 4 years after its original release in Ireland.

Oct 25: Fats Domino was more than Blueberry Hill and Ain’t That A Shame. Go diving into this pioneer’s back catalogue.

Oct 24: Mavis Staples IS a living legend.

Oct 18: Hozier tweeted about the Cheerios Childline Breakfast in support of the ISPCC.

Hozier’s long been a supporter of this event. In 2013, he, Alex Ryan, and Matt Rafter performed Whole Lotta Love and Take Me To Church, just as the song was starting to take off. (Photo: ISPCC)

ISPCC Cheerios Childline Breakfast 2013

Oct 17: Painter Eoin O’Connor created this lively portrait of Hozier as part of a fundraising auction for the Wicklow Hospice Foundation.

(Hozier previously supported the Wicklow Hospice Foundation last April when he performed a short set at a fundraising lunch. You can see our coverage of that in Q2-2017.)

Oct 16: Weathering Hurricane Ophelia’s power outage with a peat fire.

Things could be worse #poweroutage #ophelia

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Oct 6: Bray’s Wicklow Wolf Brewery matching the autumn mood here.

Oct 5: When Pat Monahan, lead singer of Train, did a shout out for new music recommendations, Hozier responded. Hozier was previously a guest on the Patcast, Monahan’s podcast, where they talked musician-to-musician, and Pat told the story of how Tweeting to fans for music recommendations led to discovering Hozier and the impact that Take Me To Church has had on Pat’s personal life. It was a great chat. Listen to that podcast from October 2015.

Oct 5: Otherkin’s debut albumOK, is a raw, rocking, rocketship of fun. You should check them out. They opened for Guns n Roses at Slane Castle this past summer and they’re signed  to Rubyworks, the same label as Hozier, Wyvern Lingo, Hudson Taylor and more.

Oct 4: A fan of Jack Garratt since he opened for Hozier in July 2014.

Oct 1: Mini fetch with Elwood.

A lil game of mini-fetch

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Thanks to all of our contributors with special thanks to @literarypengke and @Megn0481.

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Featured image: Laura Lynn Hospice, Hozier, UK Aid & Hozier 

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