Hozier gave a busker a welcome surprise as he performed “Take Me to the Church.”
In footage during the rounds of social media, the performer is seen working his way through Hozier’s 2014 hit when a masked shopper stops by to drop cash in his guitar case.
The singer immediately recognizes his patron, and halts his performance. “Thank you so much, have a good one man,” he says. “Wow, that was Hozier.”
A spokesman for the Irish artist’s label Sony Music confirms to Billboard that it is indeed Hozier in the video.
Here is why @hozier is the soundest man in Ireland! 💚
Wait for the penny (€€) to drop🥰
This made @FERGDARCY day!
— Today FM 💛 (@TodayFM) October 13, 2020
“Take Me to the Church” was an international smash, and a career launching pad for Hozier (full name Andrew Hozier-Byrne). Following its release, the song peaked to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the album it was lifted from, Hozier, went to No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
The Irishman went on to collect a pair of Billboard Music Awards in 2015, for top rock song and top rock artist, and he performed “Church” on the night.
His sophomore album from 2019, Wasteland, Baby!, went one better when it bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.