Hozier Tips Busker Playing Take Me To Church On Dublin Street
It's a tough time for buskers just now. What with the you-know-what leaving high streets in even the biggest cities completely deserted, and the weather starting to turn for the worse.
However, this should give every guitar-slinging troubadour a bit of hope that things can change, and maybe they'll catch a bit of a break.
That's the kind of attitude that kept Martin McDonnell turning out to keep belting out the tunes on Grafton Street in the Irish capital, and it's the kind of attitude that inspired Hozier - also known as Andrew Byrne - to come over and give him a tip while he was halfway through 'Take Me To Church'.
Now, Martin is - in normal times - a fairly successful gigging musician in his own right, but very little could prepare any musician for playing a hit song right in front of the person who made it famous.
As you can see from the video, he managed to pull it off without showing any visible signs of nervousness.
In fact, he pulled the song up - a sign of a true showman - to thank the passing popstar for his patronage.
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The 19-year-old can be seen regularly on the streets of Dublin, and will be hoping that this exposure will give his career a slingshot trajectory off the streets and into the charts.
Speaking of which, Hozier's latest album Wasteland, Baby! debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200 album chart last year.
That's pretty good going, you have to admit.
As for Martin, he's now awaiting the phone call that could set up the biggest collaboration of his career.
Posting another version of the song to Instagram, he wrote: "Thanks for stopping by today @hozier, feel free to join in next time bro."
That could be good - remember that time Seal stopped by to sing with a busker on Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester?
Fingers crossed Hozier will take Martin up on his offer and join him for a free gig right there in the centre of one of Dublin's busiest streets.
Lord only knows that's about as close to an actual gig as any of us can hope for at the minute.
Featured Image Credit: Martin McDonnell
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