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Sleepover Shows - Folk Triptych: Hozier

How do you connect to folk music?

The language of folk music, oftentimes, writing in the vernacular, in the spoken word is something that I’ve always loved and there are a lot of different aspects to it, but that would be the biggest thing that I love about folk music.

How do you see this festival changing over time?

This is the first time I’ve ever been here. It’s the first time I’ve in real life experienced The Newport Folk Festival, so just to be around… there’s such vibrancy here. An example of that, I wouldn’t see as much of this at home. As long as people are writing honestly and are writing… it’s incredibly encouraging seeing this. You mentioned earlier on how the focus tied in politically sometimes and stuff like that. I was always told that everything is political. There’s nothing that you can say that isn’t tied in some way to a greater, I suppose to the big picture. Here, I think as long as people are being honest, and everything here, everything I’ve seen is just very honest reflections, very honest expressions of what it is to be a person right here, what it is to be a musician, what it is to just live in these times.

How do you try to reflect on your own times and bring that into your songwriting?

It depends, I think. Personally I try not to bring in a very deliberate agenda as an artist. I would try to make the song just a reflection as it stands and not be a “do this, do that” type song. I don’t know. I guess I do just… it’s a hard question. I try to reflect as honestly as possible. To be honest sometimes it’s a lot of bad feeling, it’s a disgust with culture, or it’s a frustration, it’s a sense of powerlessness. It can also be a sense of joy, not so much in my music, but I try to keep things as honest or as personal as possible. Not too much exaggeration, not too much. I don’t think it’s ever needed, try to bring in things honestly that disgust you, honestly that you’re unhappy about, honestly that you love. As long as it’s honest.

Who are some of the musicians that you’ve drawn from or that you admire from your own country?

There’s an artist called Lisa Hannigan who I was always a big fan of. Her first solo album came out around the time when I was very unhappy with the work that I was doing and stuff like that, learning how to write songs. If it weren’t for her… that was incredibly encouraging and that was a big deal for me, her Sea Sew album. So, Lisa Hannigan I would say. A lot of old folk music and traditional folk songs and some that have elements of fairy tales and stuff like that. My Lagan Love, there’s a song called My Lagan Love which is beautiful and one of my favorites. Even stuff like She Moved Through the Fair, the melody and the scales that they work off are incredibly beautiful, and the imagery. There’s also a very naturalist aspect to it, there’s a lot of the land, and there’s a lot of the landscape in the language used. So, those would be big influences. There’s another band as well, who are very close friends of mine, called Little Green Cars, they’re from Ireland and they have some fantastic stuff. I get to hang out with them a lot. Being around musicians is incredibly inspiring. I never get time to spend time at a festival like today. I have three days here. Usually we do a show and we fly out that same day, so just seeing acts and being around musicians and their excitement and their joy, seeing new ideas, that’s very, very inspiring. Hanging out with musicians and hearing their music is invaluable, I think.

Have there been any bands or musicians here that have surprised or inspired you?

Fuck yeah. I just saw the The Oh Hellos. That was just joy. That was just golden joy. I haven’t experienced that for a long time. Yesterday I got to see Lake Street Dive who I’m a huge, huge fan of. They’re incredibly inspiring. They’re just awe inspiring, their craft and their songs and stuff. Ryan Adams last night, of course, Jack White tonight, I’m looking forward to it. I just did a workshop with an artist called Thao as well, she’s fantastic. I just saw her play a few songs and was blown away.

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pokey lafarge & the south city three ain’t the money

a sleepover show

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Goodbye, I - Aaron Weiss (mewithoutYou)

“Those that know don’t talk
and those that talk don’t know”

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mewithoutYou - Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Sleepover Shows)

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Mewithoutyou - In a Sweater Poorly Knit

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Sleepover Shows Frightened Rabbit- “Good Arms vs. Bad Arms”

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mewithoutYou - In A Sweater Poorly Knit (Sleepover Shows)

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Strange Negotiations- David Bazan

“You cut your leg off to save a buck or two
Because you never consider the cost
You find the lowest prices every day
But would you look at everything that we’ve lost
And yeah, it’s true, I learned it from watching you
But now it’s you who doesn’t know what a dollar is worth
You got the market its own bodyguard
And all the people are gettin’ hurt”

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Fake Problems - Songs For Teenegers (Sleepover Shows Acoustic Version)

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Dark Dark Dark - Celebrate
(Sleepover Shows)

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mewithoutYou - In A Sweater Poorly Knit (Sleepover Shows)


Played with an Accordion. Amazing.

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This song has been stuck in my head all day.

Good Arms vs Bad Arms - Frightened Rabbit

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dawes that western skyline

a sleepover show

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1. i think i’ve just discovered one of youtube’s greatest channels ever.
2. this song is heavenly.
3. acoustic playing boys that sing are also heavenly.  

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I’m looking for away around
all these strange negotiations 

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mewithoutYou - In A Sweater Poorly Knit

beautiful version of this song. alternate lyrics. shot and recorded with fantastic quality.

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Merry Jewmas/Slutmikah from The WIREforest! Enjoy “Hole in the North Pole” and please check out our friends Michael J. Epstein & Sophia Cacciola’s snappy holiday tune, posted just after ours, and all the rest of the delightful tunes Sleepover Shows is sharing each day. And get a load of Santy Sickert & Taxi(dermy) Claws!

Happy Holidays from Sleepover Shows! http://sleepovershows.com/holidays2011 :

All this week we will be bringing you some original holiday songs from some of our favorite Boston bands. We’ve also asked each band to name a charity for you to donate to this year. We’ve had a great year doing what we love–filming some of our favorite bands from right here in Boston as well as those coming through town. We thought it only right to help bring some joy to others as well.

First up, asking you to please take a look at Zumix, a non-profit whose mission is to help bring music and the arts to under-privileged kids in East-Boston, is Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys. You can find out more about Zumix at their website. Hole in the North Pole…

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This was one of the greatest days of my life I swear. I was directly behind the camera for this video. Aaron was losing his voice and he had us all join in but man was it great.

I got to meet him before the show too and a little bit before this video I actually got to play his guitar!!

mewithoutYou will forever be one of my all-time favorite bands. These guys’ music speaks to me like no other music ever has.

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Lisa plays Knots for the Sleepover Show.