Thanks to an astute listener (shout out to Katy Owings aka @ktkixit ) we were reminded that 5 years ago today - long before he was playing sold out arenas and theaters - we were taken to church - literally - by Hozier - for one of the most epic Private Artist Showcases. EVER.
Here's a little walk down memory lane recalling that day -
It was March of 2014 - and Bob Waugh had just returned from South By South West in Austin Texas. In between drinking Tito's and eating tacos - he had a chance to see a young Irish singer song writer the name of Andrew Hozier-Byrne aka Hozier perform ... when he returned to home, Bob knew he had to get Hozier to come through Annapolis for a Private Artist Showcase - before his career skyrocketed.
Bob also knew that this had to be a special showcase and since the song being played at the time was Take Me To Church - some calls were made - and the venue was booked - St. Anne's Parish in Downtown Annapolis.
The day came and Hozier came to town and a small group of listeners were privy to a special 6 song performance ... not only did it make an impression on them - Hozier himself was impressed
Now here are some details you may not know:
Katie O'Malley - wife of then governor Martin O'Malley is a huge Hozier fan and was at the show. Afterwards - she invited Hozier and the RNR staff back to the Governor's Mansion for a little after party. After touring the house, sharing stories over a few Guinness - Governor Martin O'Malley and Hozier had a little jam session in the living room!
We're not sure that we could ever recreate that day with Hozier now - but we can relive it through the amazing video footage provided by Sugar Farms Productions.
Hozier: Take me to Church
Hozier: Take me to Church from Sugar Farm Productions on Vimeo.
Hozier: From Eden
Hozier: From Eden from Sugar Farm Productions on Vimeo.