“Nina Cried Power” Fan Art

Hozier’s music inspires many people on a daily basis. Some of them are incredibly talented and use their talent to create fan art. That is what this post is about: The “Nina Cried Power” fan art.

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Hozier Tour Rehearsal Shows At The Academy Dublin – My Concert Experience

This blogpost was originally published on sarahsahara.weebly.com and because many people enjoyed reading it on my blog, I will publish it here as well for people who have not read it. On my blog I publish one post each week on Sundays about concert, festival and travel experiences, favorite food spots around the world or me going to Berlin Fashion Week. I would appreciate you checking out my blog- maybe you will enjoy reading the different posts. But let’s get into my HOZIER TOUR REHEARSAL SHOW EXPERIENCE! (BTW there will be a lot of photos and some sneaky facts)

 

On September 2nd I was on my way to Dublin, Ireland to go see the tour rehearsal shows of Hozier. Somehow I managed to get tickets for his first and second show which got me pretty excited! In February 2016 I saw him for the first time in Berlin- that was the best concert I went to (until now). God if you think you’ve seen it all, go watch Hozier perform! You’re gonna have the time of your life!

On Monday, September 3rd, 2018 I got in queue at 1:30pm. Doors opened at 7pm. No, I wasn’t crazy. I wasn’t even the first in line. The perks of getting there super early were:

  1. You get to see the band arrive
  2. Maybe have a little chat with them
  3. Meet great people who will save your spot so you can go pee
  4. Listen to sound check
  5. And get to know Murt, Hozier’s guitar guy (and yes, he told me that Andrew basically has a different guitar for each song)

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At 3pm the band arrived for sound check. Andrew arrived and then headed back to a coffee shop. When he came back the door was locked and no-one in the foyer of The Academy had a key. It was an awkward moment sitting there and being mesmerized by him and he just standing there and waiting. He looked at me a couple of times and I did the same not being able to speak. Finally someone arrived with the key. He smiled at me, I somehow managed to say “See you” and he went in.

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There was a camera crew to film the crowd and the concert of night one. You can watch the video on Hozier’s official Instagram page and on YouTube. I’m appearing twice in that video which made me pretty happy. Doors opened at 7pm. Eve Belle was his support act and she started playing at 7:30pm. She had such a lovely voice. At 8:14pm someone of his crew placed the set lists on stage, one right in front of us. It did not take us long until we figured out the songs on the list. We were speculating what “N.F” meant (it’s “NFWMB”- Nothing Fucks With My Baby. & yes the song sounds as amazing as the title) when the man himself walked onstage!

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  1. To Be Alone
  2. Nina Cried Power
  3. Jackie & Wilson
  4. From Eden
  5. NFWMB
  6. Cherry Wine
  7. Shrike
  8. Angel Of Small Death & The Codeine Scene
  9. Moment’s Silence (Common Tongue)
  10. Arsonist’s Lullaby
  11. Movement
  12. Take Me To Church
  13. Like Real People Do
  14. Someone New
  15. Work Song

He wanted us to not record any new songs and to not see the show through the lens of a camera. Even though it was kinda hard I somehow managed to only film my two favorite songs “Angel Of Small Death & The Codeine Scene” and “Someone New” which have been released four years ago. He explained his new songs like “Shrike” and the bird story behind it and said “It’s kind of morbid but well, it’s a Hozier show, what else were you thinking?!”

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He messed up “To Be Alone” and “Cherry Wine” a couple of times which was quite funny and somehow everyone appreciated these moments! Someone from the crowd had to tell him the lyrics of “Cherry Wine” at some point because he just couldn’t get it right. You can find the video where he forgets the words on YouTube. It’s called ‘Hozier forgets the words live dublin academy’. In the beginning he reminded us  of that those shows were live rehearsals where anything could happen and we shouldn’t panic if something wasn’t going as planed.

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On Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 I started queueing at 1:45pm. Luckily I arrived that early because sound check started one hour earlier that day. It was my last chance to speak to Andrew and I was brave enough to ask him for a photo. He signed my phone case as well. I was over the moon after that and was smiling the whole day!

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The camera crew of night one was back for the second night and they recognized me from Monday. I got interviewed because I was right at the front of the queue for a second time! Hozier posted the video of the second night on Thursday on Instagram when I was at the airport on my way back to Berlin. It was so hard not to scream of pure joy because they put me in the video again this time with the interview!

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At the end of the concert he was quite happy to tell the crowd that he will be returning to Ireland later this year. Everyone was excited and I’m so looking forward listening to his music live this year again. “Nina Cried Power” is an amazing EP with great songs that are so different but similar at the same time. They all make you feel like you are communicating with your lost sibling who knows every single thought and emotion of you. They will make you cry and laugh at the same time. And you will not get tired of them- ever! They will speak right to your soul and will empower you!
“Nina Cried Power” is out everywhere.

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The very best of Hozier at Beacon Theatre

We are slowly getting to the end of Hozier’s American leg of the tour. So why not flashback to his three sold out shows at Beacon Theatre in New York City on September 24, 25 and 26.

 

First things first: the setlist!

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Nina Cried Power

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Jackie & Wilson

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From Eden

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Angel Of Small Death & The Codeine Scene

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Hozier – Angel Of Small Death & The Codeine Scene

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To Be Alone

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NFWMB

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Cherry Wine

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Shrike

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Arsonist’s Lullaby

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Moment’s Silence (Common Tongue)

 

Someone New

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Movement

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Take Me To Church

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Hozier – Take me to Church 🙌🏼

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Like Real People Do

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Work Song

Hozier’s September interviews

With releasing new music and going on tour in September, Hozier was interviewed a lot of times last month. This is a list of all interviews and radio/tv performances he actually did in September. Some aren’t published yet and will be added later on.

Hozier released “Nina Cried Power” on September 6th this year while being on BBC Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Annie Mac.

Listen to the interview here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/p06kgs85

 

After releasing the EP he did an interview with Ray D’Arcy for RTÉ Radio 1 (watch it here: https://www.rte.ie/culture/2018/0910/992772-hozier-talks-to-ray-about-fame-the-blues-and-taking-out-the-bins/),

 

an interview with Eoghan McDermott for RTÉ 2FM (listen here: https://2fm.rte.ie/2018/09/07/hozier-chats-nina-cried-power-eoghan/),

 

an interview on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM (listen to it here: https://www.todayfm.com/podcasts/90776/Hozier-Chats-To-Iano-About-His-New-EP-Nina-Cried-Power and watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDjlHiyu4CY&t=0s&list=PLOe5__AdY7z08afd6oOXf7FjwDYA36zJP&index=261),

 

an interview with Jim-Jim and Nobby on The Strawberry Alarm Clock on FM104 (watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyZGmT2ZqnA&t=0s&list=PLOe5__AdY7z08afd6oOXf7FjwDYA36zJP&index=262),

 

an interview with Gordon Smart on The Radio X Evening Show (listen to it here: https://player.fm/series/the-radio-x-evening-show-with-gordon-smart-1430795/episode-77-hozier-luke-pritchard and watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6_jmz9WcSM&index=338&list=PLOe5__AdY7z08afd6oOXf7FjwDYA36zJP&t=0s)

 

and performed on the Jonathan Ross Show (watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7sfkMIC1rQ&t=0s&list=PLOe5__AdY7z08afd6oOXf7FjwDYA36zJP&index=264).

 

He also did an interview for Spotify’s Roots Rising playlist. You can watch the interview in the Hozier 24/7 facebook group archive. (Listen to the playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWYV7OOaGhoH0?si=1ifn-gcIR4eQArQwAVCsIw)

 

Hozier’s tour started off in Canada where he did an interview with Thomas Schenck for 102.1 The Edge (watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOtvAAdXD-M&t=0s),

 

an interview with Josie Dye on indie88 toronto (hasn’t been released)

 

and an interview with Tom Power on CBC’s q (listen to and watch it here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/wednesday-september-19-2018-dan-fogelman-d-arcy-carden-and-more-1.4828568/music-is-political-no-matter-what-hozier-on-his-new-ep-of-protest-songs-1.4828674).

 

Andrew created the MIXTAPE playlist for Deezer this September. (You can listen to it here on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/sarahvivienneo/playlist/2CQLh067VcPoRTsQoJfd2v?si=2pZg8fZySKGp1fDSebKaXg)

 

In Chicago he did an interview and played some songs from “Nina Cried Power” for 93XRT. Watch his short radio session here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2y3ksBBGpM, him being asked about his love for blues music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwWA-R2E6dw and a short clip about meeting Mavis Staples https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMIgboBvV20

 

In New York City, Hozier visited the Tumblr HQ and did a video answer time. You can watch him answering the questions here: http://music.tumblr.com/tagged/hozier-answertime

 

He also did an interview for NPR’s All Songs Considered with Bob Boilen (you can listen to it here: http://radio.wcmu.org/post/guest-dj-hozier-why-music-civil-rights-movement-still-resonates?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#stream/0),

 

an interview with Jonathan Clarke at iHeartRadio HQ (watch a short clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8RL7MDvxn4),

 

an interview with Eric Holland for WFUV Radio (hasn’t been released yet)

 

and an interview for In-Depth with Larry Flick plus a small gig at SiriusXM (listen to it here: https://player.siriusxm.com/on-demand-episodes/9351/10d16010-a093-9fbe-e435-7fc02f7e100a/audio).

 

If I forgot an interview, please let me know! I will link the interviews that aren’t released yet later on.

Thanks a lot for checking out this post!

X, Sarah

Introducing Hozier’s 2018 Band Members

Hi! I am Sarah and this is my first post as a guest author for the Hozier 24/7 blog. I myself follow Hozier for five years now and saw him three times live. The new tour kicked off this September with a couple of new band members. I am taking this as a reason to introduce to you Hozier’s new band (old and new faces). As some people compared this post to a different blog post about Hozier’s band members, I will link it here. I did NOT copy that post. It took me 9 hours to finally finish this blog post after doing a lot of research, scrolling down Instagram pages and reading articles. I got inspired to write this post by the blog post I mentioned before. Later on, I even compared both posts to check if some sentences are the same. As the artists mentioned are pretty unknown, the sources used could be similar. That’s why some sentences could be similar as well. I did NOT copy anything from the other post (as some people assumed). I linked every source I used to write this article. The other blog did not do that. Have fun reading this article! If you have any questions, go ask them in the comments below and I will be happy to answer them!

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Alex Ryan

Alex Ryan and Hozier both went to Trinity College Dublin where he studied music. They performed together in Trinity Orchestra later on. One of their recorded performances is Trinity Orchestra plays Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’.

In late 2012 and early 2013 they played together in the Dublin-based music group Nova Collective.

Alex played bass on Hozier’s self titled album except track two “Angel Of Small Death And The Codeine Scene” and  piano on track three “Jackie And Wilson”, four “Someone New” and twelve “Foreigner’s God”. He played bass, piano and rhodes on Hozier’s song “Better Love” and wrote the string and brass arrangement.

In August 2015 Alex produced, mixed and played on the debut EP “Madrid” by Saint Sister as well as their following music.

For the Irish low-budget indie movie “Darkness on the Edge of Town” he composed, produced and recorded the music.

On December 5th 2016 he released the song “The Fire” with his brother, followed by “The Fire- EP” in 2017. The duo is called Black Fox Leash.

Alex plays bass and keyboard on the 2018 tour, while doing background vocals and body percussion.

Rory Doyle

Rory Doyle is part of the band since the first tour with Hozier. He studied at Newpark Music Centre where he received a certificate in Professional Music Training.

He played the drums for Bell X1 as well as The Walls. He toured and recorded with both of them. In 2016 Rory opened up for The Corrs with Paula O’Leary.

In December 2014 Rory played with George Ezra at the Xfm Winter Wonderland.

He continued on as a drum tutor at BIMM Dublin.

Rory plays the drums, while doing background vocals on the 2018 tour.

Rachel Beauregard

Rachel Beauregard studied Theater at George Mason University.

She is part of the country-indie-pop-band Native Run (formerly Deep River) with Bryan Dawley. She performed with Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers whom Native Run supported on a couple of shows later on. They supported John Hiatt as well.

Rachel was introduced to Hozier by Rachael Lampa (former background singer of Hozier). Their first photos together on Instagram go back to August 2013.

Rachel is doing background vocals and percussion on the 2018 tour.

 

Suzanne Santo

Suzanne Santo was born in Cleveland, USA. She is a musician, actress and model and part of the duo honeyhoney co-founded with Benjamin Jaffe in 2006. Honeyhoney has released three albums and went on tour plenty of times.

In 2016 Suzanne played in Butch Walker’s band for his tour as well as doing a solo opening set.

In 2017 honeyhoney joined Hozier at his Bread & Roses show to perform “Work Song”. Suzanne released her first solo album “Ruby Red” in the same year. On the song “Better Than That” she worked together with Butch Walker.

Suzanna plays the fiddle and guitar on the 2018 tour, as well as doing background vocals.

Jessica Berry (Thandii)

Thandii started playing solo live shows in late 2016 and released her debut EP “Forgetful” in 2017. She describes her music as psych-pop and played the BBC Introducing stage at this year’s Latitude Festival.

In 2017 she supported Theme Park and in 2018 The Van T’S for some shows.

Thandii plays the keyboard and does the background vocals on the 2018 tour.

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Kristen Rogers

Kristen Rogers is part of the trios “Vala”, “The Dinahs” and “Dames”. She worked with Ryan Kinder, A Thousand Horses, Anderson East, The Whistles And the Bells, John Flanagan and Brent Cobb. She sang on the album “Early Morning Shakes” by Whiskey Myers and on “Great Western Valkyrie” by Rival Sons. Kristen toured and recorded with A Thousand Horses a couple of times and played with them on Jimmy Kimmel live.

She played on festivals like Ravinia Festival, Pilgrimage Festival and Austin City Limits.

In February 2016 she posted a photo on Instagram of the band Native Run with Rachel Beauregard.

Kristen came to Hozier’s 2018 touring band on Rachel Beauregard’s recommendation.

Kristen does background vocals, as well as percussion on the 2018 tour.

Cormac Curran

Cormac Curran is a composer, keyboardist and arranger. He earned a degree in Musicology from University College Dublin and a Masters degree in Scoring for Visual Media from Pulse College, Dublin.

In 2010 he composed the brass and string arrangement for the album “Becoming A Jackal” by Villagers. He toured with them, as well as supported and worked together with acts such as Lisa Hannigan, Elbow, Neil Young, John Grant, The National and SOAK.

He was nominated for the Mercury Prize, Choice Music Award and MOJO Award. In January 2016, his music was included in the program for the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra’s tour of China.

In addition to that, Cormac teaches songwriting and music theory at BIMM Dublin. (Rory Doyle teaches there as well.)

Cormac plays the organ and does background vocals on the 2018 tour.

Instagram: @cormaccurran

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Art Auction for Charity!

 

 

Hello Hozy friends!  I am excited to announce the Art Auction for Charity!  We will be auctioning beautiful pieces generously donated by Rosalba Emmanuel-King and Olivia Zacharias with all proceeds going to the ISPCC in Andrew’s name in honor of his birthday!  We will be selling 10 pieces at a time (due to Ebay selling constraints).  Each group of 10 will be auctioned for 3 days.  Here are the next 10 listings:

 

 

PRINTS!!!

These prints will be sold at a flat rate of $15 for an 8×10 and $20 of an 11×14

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Find the listing for the 8×10 above HERE

Find the listing for the 11×14 above HERE

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Find the listing for the 8×10 above HERE

Find the listing for the 11×14 above HERE

 

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Find the listing for the 8×10 above HERE

Find the listing for the 11×14 above HERE

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Find the listing for the 8×10 above HERE

Find the listing for the 11×14 above HERE

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Find the listing for the 11×14 above HERE

I will let you know when the next round of pieces are available for auction.  Thanks for your generosity!!

Raffle Update #1

Greetings! 🙂

I only plan to update about once a week. For those completely uninterested in this raffle: not to worry! Hehe!!
Just wanted to touch base about a couple of items before letting it go for a week or so. I’m thinking I’ll update on Thursdays? Not totally sure yet.
Before I go on, a link to our donation page -just type “raffle” in the memo space to enter-
Hozier 24/7 Supports ISPCC

Lisette asked a GREAT question which I didn’t previously think to cover in the rules.
She asked how long this would run. People can buy chances to win until March 17. I don’t know what time that day I’ll be doing the drawing, so I really don’t recommend entering on the very last day. The 16th or before would be better because I can’t guarantee anything the day of the drawing. As I type this, it is 5:35 pm January 19, if that helps.

57 days until Hozier’s birthday/our raffle drawing!!! 😀

The ball fringe that was stuck in Memphis arrived today! I’m pleased with the looks of it. Still leaving that choice up to the winner.

Karel has been SoooOOOoooo kind to help me keep track of everyone’s “tickets”. (Thank you, Karel!!!) Going to keep that updated here weekly. If anyone has any disputes with it, please don’t hesitate to comment and we’ll iron everything out. I was actually over-counting, and Karel explained to me about the small processing fee. Facepalm! But it didn’t make a big difference. It was just confusing on my end.
Right now, this is where we stand:
20 Clarice Joos 4 Emily Reeves 20 Pat Fleischmann 6 Carolyn Spurrell 4 Deborah Bennett 20 Mary Rogan 40 Karel Obenauf 4 Marion Van Der Steen 8 Lisette Broeken 4 Anonymous 130 total so far.

One or two have contributed since that (thank you!!!) and we’ll be sure to add those in as well.

If there’s anyone who only wants to buy one chance at winning, don’t forget you can certainly do that for $3.00! Maybe you can afford more but are kind of frugal/choosy with your hard earned moulah (like many of us). Whatever the case is, if you would like to win, don’t let the small amount stop you!! 🙂
A chance is a chance and every dime goes to charity. And this is our birthday present, as a group, to Hozier! Emily and I both like to make videos, (she’s better at it lol) so I imagine one of us will make a little vid to rehash the birthday goings-on. If you participate in any part of it, your name will probably show up in the video!

Part of the festivities so far has of course been Rosalba Emmanuel-King’s beautiful Hozier portrait calendars! I am loving mine and I know everyone else is too. Emily will get us all up to speed on that and the redbubble activity, too, when she has time. 🙂

So, since yesterday, $375 (let me back up- I think that’s actually $458 USD) has been contributed to ISPCC from members of Hozier 24/7. That’s at least seven times the amount I believed we would raise through this raffle. You guys are PHENOMENAL!!!!
To date, we have given 1,078.40.

Thank you from the depths of my heart for playing along and also for inviting my first Hozier quilt into your homes.  That’s really an honor and I couldn’t be happier.

Everyone have a great weekend!!! ❤

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Hozier Blanket Raffle to Benefit ISPCC

Guys, I’m so beyond grateful for all the kind things you said about this little project. I was so nervous about posting, and am both relieved and overjoyed that you liked it!! 🙂

As I said before, I so badly want to make one for each and every member of our wonderful group. We are truly ridiculously fortunate to have the sweetest people here. Time and limited resources would prevent me from ever accomplishing that, so this is the best I can do for now. 😦

Obviously, for ISPCC, our love of Hozier/desire to express our appreciation for him on his birthday, and group pride, we want to raise as much money as possible. I gave that a lot of thought and mulled over raffle vs. auction.
Ultimately, it wasn’t all about the most money that could be raised though. We will have every year from here on to do bigger and better fundraisers. We can outdo ourselves every year if we choose to. (By the way, Emily is coordinating for us this year. You can get with her if you’d like to submit something for auction. You can absolutely do it yourself too. Every bit donated through our group’s link is accepted and tremendously appreciated.)
Basically, I realize I probably put more into this project than it’ll raise and I’m okay with that. It ends up most likely partially being somewhat of a gift from me to the winner and that just makes it that much more meaningful to me.
I decided against auctioning it, starting it at the least amount I’d ask.

Instead, it’s going into a raffle!

Rules:

To participate, those interested may buy one chance for 3 euros (don’t worry; the site works out your currency, so it’s not complicated. That’s $3.67 USD.) You would just enter 3 euros in the space.
Or, you can buy four chances for 10 euros. (That’s 12.23 USD.)
It doesn’t matter to me if four people or fifty have participated. On Andrew’s birthday, a winner will be announced! That’s 58 days from today! 🙂 
Important: To enter, please make sure you type “Raffle” in the memo on our everyday hero page when you donate. 
When it’s over, I will collect the names of all participants, then hand them over to a third party to put in an online random name selector. Obviously your name will be entered as many times as you have bought chances.
Here is the link you would use, just click below:
Hozier 24/7 Supports ISPCC

This way, anyone who wants to participate can. I was going to make it 2.50 per chance, but the site has a minimum of 3.
It’s super easy! If you have ever bought anything online, you’ll be able to buy your “ticket”.
100% of proceeds go immediately, directly to ISPCC. Wait, I do think everyday hero takes a very nominal fee, but ISPCC is very much aware and in charge of all interactions. No money will be collected by me or anyone else in the group for this raffle.

I’m going to keep this “group exclusive” to keep it special for just us, if that makes sense. I’m not posting this anywhere outside the group. It’s totally okay with me though if you share to increase your chances of winning, or whatever you want to do.
You have the option of anonymity on the fundraiser page, but please still type “raffle” in the memo. You can privately message me your name, if that’s what you choose.

I’m just rambling here, but you know, I don’t even really believe in fate or predestination or whatever you want to call it. But with this, I think my little quilt will go to the right person. Some of you know I wanted to play Dirty Santa because I couldn’t decide which of my nephews to gift another quilt! (Thankfully, that got settled for me.) For someone who doesn’t believe in fate to be fully confident this will end as it needs to whether it raises 6 euros (I know two of you will play lol!!) or whatever amount… I’m not really sure what that says about me, but because I know it is going to its new home, I’m EXCITED!!! 😀
I don’t care where you are, I will ship it to you. I have a fancy red and black plaid box to put it in, too.

I hope several members will play along!
Here are some specs:
Approximately 51 x 39.5 inches. (More “throw” size. I figured bedspread size might turn some people off. Pros/cons either way I guess.)
Thick, fluffy, and prewashed.
Reversible: Don’t want to fly your Hozier flag, but want to be cozy? Just flip it. 🙂
Buffalo plaid!!!

You know the black ball fringe/pom poms I said I was adding? I’m leaving that up to the winner to decide if they want them or not. Please do NOT say no to make it easier on me, because it can be sewn on in a matter of minutes, I promise. I just want the winner to have their preference. Those aren’t everyone’s style.

If anyone has any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!! Thank you so much for reading. 🙂 ❤
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Hozier Quilt: Finished!

First off, thank you SO much to all of you who had really sweet, encouraging things to say about my little project here! Hozier friends are *the* best kind of friends. ❤

Before I continue, please let me say: this is long. If you skim, I completely understand. Thank you for looking! And as always, your Hozier inspired projects are of great interest to our group. Everyone is welcome to guest author here anytime!

In 2017, I decided (for some reason) to begin learning how to make quilts. I really love it! It’s so much fun, but as with anything when you’re just beginning, I still have a lot to learn. It’s not like I expected though… The “standard” I always looked up to (Hozier content is coming quick, I PROMISE 🙂 ) was my grandmother. I felt her sewing was always really perfect. However, I even appreciate and enjoy the mistakes I’m making, because as our sweet friend (and amazing quilt maker) Marialuisa Comand said: a lot of love goes into a quilt. While you work, you look back on your memories, think about the hands who will receive your handiwork, and you hope it will make them smile/keep them warm.
So, as I was making this, I was reflecting on my memories over the last almost five years, and thinking of all the shows and lyrics.

I want to share that part of the quilt with you. 🙂
You already know about the first square. I shared that with you in the group, and most would easily recognize this official Hozier tee shirt, which came from my very first Hozier concert. That was in Nashville at Exit/In, September, 2014. James Bay was the opening act. Ruby Amanfu was one of Hozier’s backup singers. Completely surreal experience.
26840841_1800124429997804_6668607527899340386_oThe second square I made came from a tee shirt I had made when the group was really young and smaller. Some of us decided it would be a good idea for group meetups and such. Later, we decided to shorten things like this to “H24/7”.  Here is that shirt:
quilt142258_1803517399658507_1298605414_oThe third square I made came from a tee shirt which was used to raise funds for the Birthday Charity we all did for Hozier’s birthday gift in 2016. Those funds went to a great organization called Sweet Relief. Karel, our sweet friend in the group, sweetly sent me this shirt as a gift! You might say, well how/why can you chop it up and put it into a quilt then? That’s just the thing. I feel its life has even greater meaning and longevity this way. Additionally, a little piece of Karel went into the quilt. ❤  Here is that square:
quilt26942258_1803517399658507_1298605414_oThe fourth square was from a whimsical Instagram post of Hozier’s, which I think got many of our imaginations zipping. The apple in this cotton fabric isn’t red, but there again- imagination, right? I know some people who would like to be that wide-eyed princess receiving a poisoned apple from him (he’s the figure on the left, of course, at least we’ll say so). His post and the fabric it inspired me to use:

After these four squares, I mostly focused on song lyrics and concerts.
There was so much greatness to choose from, but right from the start, I knew I wanted to remember the poor fox from “In the Woods Somewhere” and also wanted to bring along a friend for him, one of the foxes from “In a Week,” so you’ll see them appear together on one square.  In my mind, these are separate foxes since in ITWS, the person speaking kills the fox and it’s of course the other way around in In a Week. In this quilt, though, both foxes live happily ever after enjoying each other’s company. We also have the two lovers’ from IAW remains in the tummy of the one fox. Ok, sorry, so sorry- I will quit about that and post some related photos. 😀
(Additionally, you can see in another of Hozier’s Instagram posts that his friend and Little Green Cars member Stevie Appleby took note of the fox tragedy.)
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The foxes are also twinning with Hozier. Throwback to that time at the show in Columbus when someone threw the flower crown onstage and Hozier cutely put it on. (Then all we fans died, but we’re okay now.) If you took this photo and would like to be credited please holler! Leave a note here on this blog, let us know on Twitter, Facebook, wherever. Would be more than happy to credit you for this great photo! flowercrown
This fabric, from Judy Quintero, is appropriately named Floral Fox/Wild One. And without further ado, here is Mr. Fox, all healed, living his best afterlife:
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The inspiration for my next choice of fabric came from a few sources:
In the Woods Somewhere

“When I awoke
The moon still hung
The night so black
That the darkness hums”

“I heard a scream
In the woods somewhere
A woman’s voice
I quickly ran
Into the trees”

Lay Me Down
(Sam Smith cover)
“The days just seem so dark
The moon and the stars
Are nothing without you”

Better Love
“Staring in the blackness at some distant star”
“I have never loved a darker blue
Than the darkness I have known in you, own from you”
“Like fire weeping from a cedar tree”

Sweet Thing
(Van Morrison cover)
“I shall raise my hand up into the night, to the night sky
And count the stars that are shining in your eye
Just to dig it all and not to wonder that would be fine
You said its fine not to read in between the lines”

Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pink Floyd)
(covered by Trinity Orchestra)
“You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.”
(See that performance here.)

Maybe you will think of other references! Here is the description of that fabric, and a photo. It has metallic accents on the trees, which I love:
“Silver Metallic, Black & Gray Moon & Trees Quilt Fabric, Halloween.
Henry Glass Fabric, Fright Night 1112M, First Blush Studios.
100% cotton yardage. 43/44″ wide.”
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The next fabric (I promise I’m at least halfway to showing you the entire thing) (zip to the end if this is tiresome lol) I mostly picked because of In a Week (corpses and flowers). It could be the remains of the “other man” who hung from a tree in From Eden… but nahh. Maybe the remains of the souls claimed by the lover in Run…
In a Week
“We’ll lay here for years or for hours
Your hand in my hand, so still and discreet
So long, we’d become the flowers”

My Love Will Never Die (cover)
“Flowers
Flowers grow
Where I’m laid
To rest”

Description: 100% quilting cotton by Michael Miller
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How could I leave out all his references to blood? And those who wanted him to record his song by that title… Well, you may not be able to have that, but you can have a quilt with blood! Ok, not the same? 🙂

Just click on the lyrics if you want to see him perform Blood. ❤
Tryin’ hard to recognise Some pure motive inside of me A creature that would horrify Any child that I used to be Oh, give no faith to show Started to smile so I showed my teeth No more than flesh and bone Doin’ so much just to watch someone bleed [Chorus] But I love the very blood of you It keeps its heat in spite of you Oh, the heart that beats To keep you here with me always [Verse 2] Tryin’ hard, I nearly find Innocence in spite of me Oh, creature that would terrify Any child left inside of me Oh, that’s a cold insight Nothin’ above us and nothin’ below Ahh, but you might be right If there is no heaven and there is no soul
I got those from genius. com btw so if mistakes… you know the rest. *wink*

More blood from that fox I’d think:
In the Woods Somewhere
“His bones exposed
His hind was lame
I raised a stone
To end his pain”

Run
“Rare is this love, keep it covered
I need you to run to me, run to me, lover
Run until you feel your lungs bleeding”

Honestly, Cherry Wine was my reason for selecting this fabric. A normal person might choose a wine themed fabric, or a wine color, but me? No.
Also, maybe a vivid visual reminder of Hozier’s efforts to help end domestic violence.

Cherry Wine
“The way she tells me I’m hers and she is mine
Open hand or closed fist would be fine
The blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine”

100 % cotton Robert Kaufman (SRK-14727-3 RED from Blood Type) White Background
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Arsonist’s Lullaby lovers, it’s your turn!
This song is an anthem for how many thousands of us Hozier fans who struggle with reigning in our demons? To remind us of The Man’s instructions to always keep ’em on a leash, I have contained some safely here in the quilt. Heehee! 🙂
100% cotton design by Candy Joyce 2014
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The back of the quilt is Antipill Fleece Buffalo Plaid. Oh so soft and cozy!! I had concertgoers on cold/rainy nights in mind when I made this, so I used 80/20 cotton/polyester batting that does not shift or gather. Wrap up in your Hozier blanky and stay warm! 🙂

Oh, I’m planning to somehow lose this quilt to benefit the Irish children’s organization we support: ISPCC.
That is if anyone likes it and thinks they may want me to auction or raffle it off. I’d be thrilled to do that! If not, I will keep it and my Hozier memories will literally keep my tootsies warm. LOL!! (Tootsies mean feet everywhere, right? If not, that could be awkward.) For now, it is neatly folded on my sewing table awaiting final touches: a tad more stitching and string cutting and sewing on of some black ball fringe. (Last I checked, my fringe was stuck in Memphis. Much of the south has been snowed in for a couple of days.)

There’s nothing left but for me to excitedly but humbly present the finished item to you. Remember the words of our friend Marialuisa. So much love. ❤
It’s not one of those immaculate, astonishingly perfect quilts like the Amish make. My sewing basket was made by them, though. I’d auction it instead, but I use it. 😀
I wish I could make one for each and every member. ❤

Thank you for checking out this post! Pop by  anytime to tell us about your arts and crafts. Speaking of art, HAPPY, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Hozier Fan Art and thank you, Lucy for running such a great site over there. ❤

 

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