In A Week is our look back at Hozier highlights and happenings from the previous week. This edition covers a two-week period.
Prince’s death on April 21st caused disbelief and shock for Hozier and his band mates.
Words fail with a loss of this magnitude. Prince was a rare genius, & despite news reports will absolutely live forever. Thanks for the joy
— Hozier (@Hozier) April 21, 2016
Alana named her new cello, Princello, in Prince’s honour.
— Mia Fitz (@MiaFitzMusic) April 21, 2016
Alex mentioned one of his favourite Prince tracks.
‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’, man. Ain’t gonna be a party without that one.
Before leaving the USA recently, Hozier reminded us about Cherry Wine fundraising efforts. #FaceUpToDomesticViolence
— Hozier (@Hozier) April 19, 2016
Llamau is auctioning an original Hozier sketch as part of its fundraising campaign to help young people and vulnerable women facing homelessness across Wales. The Celebrity Illustrating Homelessness event will be on May 16, 2016 in Cardiff, but you can bid on the sketch in advance (by May 12.) Here’s how.
Arsonist’s Lullabye topped The Hollywood Reporter’s Top TV Songs chart for March after it appeared on the March 6 episode of The Walking Dead. The chart is calculated on Shazam tags and streaming information from Neilson Music.
Along with its 305,000 Shazam tags, “Lullabye” garnered 21,000 downloads and 1.4 million U.S. streams in March, according to Nielsen Music. The song sold 9,000 downloads in the first tracking week after the episode aired (ending March 10), marking a 3,074 percent gain in sales and its best sales week.
Tracks of My Years
— BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) April 25, 2016
Hozier picked 2 songs a day and had a little chat in between on each of 5 episodes of Tracks of My Years. Recorded last December, these segments are available to listen back in full on BBC iPlayer for 30 days. You can catch Hozier’s segment around the 2:10:00 mark each day. Or, you can hear all of his selections in this handy Spotify playlist we made for you!
Dublin Music Shops
Hozier stopped by X Music while Musicmaker reminisced about their long friendship.
Zaska Single Launch
Current and past members of Zaska’s jazz-funk ensemble took the stage to perform an encore of Lauryn Hill’s Doo Wop (That Thing). We call this ferocious supergroup the #zasquad. On vocals: Hozier, Karen Cowley (Wyvern Lingo), Jess Kavanagh (BARQ) and Keith Fennell, with Tommy Gray (drums) and Neil Dorrington (bass), both from BARQ. Rounding out the band were Paul Kiernan (trumpet), Oisin Murtagh (saxophone) and Mark Flynn (piano).
@JessNoelleSoul just a man who knows a load of really sweet musicians:) love you all ❤️❤️❤️
— ZASKA (@zaskamusic) April 24, 2016
Rory Doyle with Bell X1
Rory was back behind his drum kit for Bell X1’s appearance at Vicar Street in Dublin.
Hozier returned to Dublin where rabbits became a recurring theme.
A sweet sight to be met with on arrival. Brisk orange morning, rabbits playing on the runway #wudjalook
— Hozier (@Hozier) April 19, 2016
Later, Hozier took in Lake Street Dive at Whelan’s, at once complimenting them and casting dark clouds over pet rabbits.
— Hozier (@Hozier) April 28, 2016
Hozier has been a fan of Lake Street Dive for some time, sharing their cover of I Want You Back and gushing over their live performance. It’s fantastic that he’s at home and able to catch them live once again.
Rory Doyle and Hozier made the journey to Kerry to visit Alex Ryan. It’s great to see them together again!
— Florry Batts Bar (@FlorryBatts) April 27, 2016
Alana Henderson continued her writing retreat at the Tyrone Guthrie centre, improvising a vocal booth with a cello case and discovering piano.
Lorraine Barnes stretched more than her creativity over the last fortnight.
@LorraineBarnesL oh I'm hurting today 😣 did a combat class yesterday, now the pain is kicking in ☺️☺️.ouchhhh
— Lorraine Barnes (@lorenguerra5) April 20, 2016
Mia Fitzgerald was still in Los Angeles and was working on writing new music.
Rachael Lampa gave a vocal master class in Nashville and took her tiny hands fishing.
Pure M has opened nominations for your favourite Irish artists. Although this is not a voting competition, the Pure M Awards team looks at your nominations. So, if you follow Hozier’s Friends, why not show them some support?
Zaska released the video for the Got to Go single on April 18. It was shot and edited by Patrick Ryan of Lagoon Pictures and features the song’s vocalists Keith Fennell and Nicola Hegarty. The drummer on this track is Dylan Lynch from Little Green Cars, who, like Hozier and Karen Cowley, has played with Zaska in the past.
It’s rather difficult to properly examine what we had just seen, other than saying it was the funkiest, most professional and ultimately, the funnest gig of the past year. Max Zaska should be a very proud man right about now.
— Independent Ents (@IndoEnts) April 23, 2016
Little Green Cars
Over the last two weeks, Little Green Cars have played 11 shows, moving up the US east coast, into Canada, and then back down into Ohio. Life on the road has brought them surprises, a stint as guest DJs and illness. They have had great responses from audiences and, for some, life got better as a result.
The band channelled an emotional performance of The Factory in Boston in tribute to their friend Katie Farrell who recently passed away.
This time, Adam co-directed, edited and filmed the lush video for They’re Cutting Down The Old Oak Tree by Bleeding Heart Pigeons which was released on April 21.
Wyvern Lingo played a set at LinkedIn Live Lounge, are back in studio working on demos and announced a date for Interlude Fest this June. Coming up this week, Wyvern Lingo are excited to be opening for one of their favourite bands, Hiatus Kaiyote.
— Aaron Casey (@AzzaBagdad) April 22, 2016
Madrid has over 100k streams on Spotify, Blood Moon was used in a BBC documentary on Greece’s migrant children, and Saint Sister returned to Dingle to play St. James’ Church again and drop into the South Wind Blows. Harpist Gemma Doherty celebrated her birthday and they announced they’d be playing The Great Escape festival.
Back in magical Dingle. Tonight we play in the beautiful St. James' Church as part of Feile Na Bealtaine. pic.twitter.com/pITF0MtGYW
— Saint Sister (@Saint_Sister_) April 30, 2016
Three-quarters of BARQ were on stage for the Zaska single release. These past two weeks also saw them in RTÉ studio with Dan Hegarty performing Gentle Kind of Lies, and announcements for Saturday at Longitude and the Carlow Arts Festival in June.
— Dan Hegarty (@talldanhegarty) April 28, 2016
Hozier tour backing vocalist, Ruby Amanfu is featured alongside Jack White (they have collaborated before) on Don’t Hurt Yourself off Beyoncé’s latest album, Lemonade, that was released on April 23. Billboard had a chat with Ruby about the experience and she caught up with Mia Fitzgerald in Los Angeles this past week.
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