Hozier surprises students with a musical masterclass
Students at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute on Dublin's Francis Street couldn't believe their luck when global rock star Hozier turned up to give a unique lecture yesterday morning.
The Greystones musician was hosting a "music masterclass" and performed an acoustic version of Cherry Wine, which featured in Hollywood movie Wish I was Here, starring Zach Braff and Kate Hudson.
Hozier also spoke about gigging around the globe, embarrassing early demo tapes and dealing with fame.
"It was amazing hearing him play," Colin Lyons (18), from Galway, said.
"Ever since I first heard Take me To Church I have been a massive fan.
"To have him come in on a normal Thursday morning and talk about the music industry and perform was nothing short of incredible."
Student Alannah Hewitt (19), from Navan, said the class was inspirational.
"I found the whole thing mesmerising," she said.
"Everything was pitch perfect. Hearing his story and his schedule was really inspiring.
"Best of all he was so grounded and such a modest person."
Hozier isn't the first rock star to host a master class for student's on the BIMM BA Degree in Commercial Modern Music.
Imelda May, Danny O'Donoghue, from the Script, Chad Smith, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lianne La Havas and Neil Hannon, from the Divine Comedy, have also called by.
"These classes are always amazing," student Elaine Lynch said.
"It's great to see someone from Ireland doing so well. I cannot believe I got to stand on stage with Hozier. It's made my week."
Lecturers at BIMM have more than earned their stripes in the music industry with Cathy Davey, Cormac Curran, of Villagers, and Mick Pyro, from Republic of Loose, all teaching classes.
Deadline for the BIMM Commercial Modern Music Degree is February 1 through the CAO system.
"I'm thrilled to have been asked to pop in and speak to their incredibly talented students," Hozier said after the masterclass.