Toronto fans were taken to church last night (Sept. 19th) at a packed Rebel Nightclub as they enjoyed the soothing soul of Irish singer/songwriter Hozier.
Supported by more than half a dozen backing musicians, the Irishman opened his 80-minute set with his latest single “Nina Cried Power” from the EP of the same title and his first studio release since the 2014 critically acclaimed self-titled album. The sold-out crowd was instantly intoxicated by the 28-year old’s vigorous vocals (and Irish beer of course).
Screams of approval rang through the venue after every number, especially for fan favourites like “From Eden” and “Arsonist’s Lullaby.” When Andrew Hozier-Byrne wasn’t commanding our attention with his room filling sounds, he was luring it with tender tunes, perched on a stool, just him and an acoustic. Hozier also showed of his jamming abilities during extended versions of songs like “Someone New.”
Hozier wrapped his main set with the ever popular “Take Me to Church.” His congregation rallied together in choir-like participation. Leaving us in harmonious applause for an encore. Alas, he returned for a two-song encore, concluding mass with the peaceful melodies of “Work Song.”
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