Ed Sheeran has paid tribute to his Irish roots by performing covers of two traditional Irish songs.
Sheeran has previously revealed that he has Irish heritage, with his paternal grandparents originating from Co Wexford.
Over the past few years, the British star has delighted millions of fans around the world with his moving ballads and passionate performances
As well as being a gifted songwriter and musician, Sheeran has won many fans for his laid back, generous nature.
He has always said that he is proud of his Irish heritage and as a tribute, he sang Wild Mountain Thyme and The Parting Glass.
Both videos have been viewed thousands of times online. Sheeran performs with just his acoustic guitar and the simplicity is brilliant, allowing the viewer to focus on the music and words.
Ed Sheeran – Wild Mountain Thyme
Although some people think Wild Mountain Thyme must have been around for centuries, it is actually fairly recent in terms of traditional Irish music. It was written by Belfast musician William McPeake and was first recorded in 1957. Listen to Sheeran’s brilliant cover of it below.
Ed Sheeran – The Parting Glass
Here is Sheeran’s version of the popular Irish song The Parting Glass. This song was once frequently sung on New Year’s Eve, before it was replaced by Auld Lang Syne. The song has remained a favourite on the Irish folk scene, and Sheeran has performed it several times.
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