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Monday 22 September 2014

Hozier wows US on David Letterman with rendition of Take Me to Church

Freya Drohan

Published 14/05/2014 | 11:55

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MILLIONS of American viewers were treated to a performance by Irish musician Hozier on last night’s David Letterman Show.

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The Wicklow native, full name Andrew Hozier-Byrne, performed a spellbinding rendition of ‘Take Me to Church’, the title track from his 2013 EP.

An eerie silence was evident in the studio during Hozier’s performance.

And afterwards, the in-house audience gave a massive cheer – with hopes now rising that Hozier can prove to be a major hit in the US.

Letterman then took to the stage and asked Hozier’s band where they were from and told Hozier it was a “pleasure to meet him”.

Letterman called over to his long time musical director Paul Shaffer “Nice, aye Paul?” to which he responded, “Beautiful”.

The Strypes, Paddy Casey, Snow Patrol and The Script are just some other Irish musicians who hit the big time after appearing on Letterman’s popular entertainment show. 

The response on social media was overwhelmingly positive, with people around the globe wishing Hozier continued success.

Typically low key, Hozier performed in a distressed brown jacket, black skinny jeans with his hair tied in his signature unkempt ponytail.

One Twitter user shared a link to the performance stating “No album. No Hairbrush. On Letterman. Take a Bow”

Hozier (24) is currently touring the US, having played sold out gigs in New York, Texas and Los Angeles in March.

Over the weekend he played Sweetlife Festival in Washington along with Lana Del Rey, Foster The People and Bombay Bicycle Club.

Hozier is due to perform on the iconic John Peel Stage at Glastonbury in June, at Dublin’s Longitude festival in July and at Cork’s Indiependence Festival in August.

He cites Paul Simon and Tom Waits as having an influence on his unique blend of folk, pop, soul and gospel.

Toted as the Irish answer to US acts like Bon Iver and Ray LaMontagne – and with a voice not unlike Van Morrison - Hozier’s latest EP ‘From Eden’ was released last month to critical acclaim.

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