Ode To Foy
A Bangor musician who reckons Ed Sheeran’s young fans thought he was Ed’s “demented uncle” on tour, Foy Vance is really a long-latent talent who’s struck creative gold somewhere in the Scottish Highlands.
Craig Fitzpatrick, 05 Sep 2013
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