Wednesday 21 February 2018

Hozier complimented a guy's dungarees at his charity gig last night - and the guy stripped and handed them over

Just 100 people bagged tickets to the special event in aid of Amnesty International

Hozier recently performing at the INEC
Hozier recently performing at the INEC

Stephen Byrne

Hozier aka Andrew Byrne performed to an intimate audience in Dublin last night where one of his fans made an unusual gesture.

The Bray troubadour was performing to a crowd of just 100 lucky guests, selected from over 5,000 applicants, for Amnesty International’s Give a Home concert series in association with Sofar Sounds.

When Hozier spots a man in the audience with a sign that reads “Hozier is my brozier” he asks the crowd to excuse him while he talks to him, but he couldn’t have foreseen the comedic scenes that were about to follow.

Upon complimenting the man’s dungarees and lamenting at his own difficulty in finding dungarees, the man promptly says: “You can have them”, strips and passes them through the crowd to a totally befuddled Hozier, who says, “Excuse me if I forget the words to this next one” before launching into his smash hit ‘Take Me to Church’.

Hozier then treats the crowd to a poignant performance of Paul Brady’s ‘The Lakes of Pentchartrain’, a song Hozier has never played live before.

The Bray troubadour was joined by Wyvern Lingo, Sorcha Richardson and Lewis Kenny in D-Lite Studios in Dublin’s north inner city. The former woollen mills turned art hub, proved to the perfect setting for the intimate performance.

The Give a Home series saw 300 gigs taking place in 200 cities around the world yesterday to highlight the plight of refugees with a thousand acts such as The National, Moby, Hot Chip and Imelda May participating.

Hozier is currently hard at work on the follow-up to his smash hit debut album, telling the audience that he is in a recording state of mind and that he is a tad nervous to be returning to a live stage. But he needn’t have worried, the intricate fingerpicking and refrains of swamp blues number ‘To Be Alone’ are instantly engaging.

Earlier in the evening, Ireland’s premiere vocal harmony group, Wyvern Lingo treated the crowd to a sumptuous set of their tracks from their forthcoming debut album, including one of the Irish songs of 2017, ‘I Love You, Sadie’. New York based Irish singer-songwriter, Sorcha Richardson reminded us of her talent for observational happy/sad songs, while poet, Lewis Kenny brought the crowd on a rousing journey around his working class reality.

Amnesty International Ireland Director, Colm O’Gorman delivered an emphatic, multifaceted speech touching on the refugee crisis, direct provision and the work Amnesty International is engaged in around the world. O’Gorman also praised the level of engagement and activism in Ireland, believing that without it, Ibrahim Halawa may not have been released.

SoFar Sounds started in London in 2009 and quickly spread to 375 cities around the world including Cork, Dublin and Galway attracting international stars such as Ed Sheeran, James Bay and Leon Bridges to its unique, intimate surroundings.

SoFar Sounds allows people and businesses to offer their home or premises to host a show. Once the line-up and location have been agreed upon, the audience is then selected by lottery.

Successful applicants only learn the location of the event just prior to the event and are encouraged to bring cushions and blankets and put down their phones, so that they can sit on the floor and engage fully with the performance.

Many of the shows operate a minimum payment policy. With entry to last night’s show a bargain €10. SoFar Sounds hope to raise around €250,000 for Amnesty International from the Give a Home concert series.

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