- 09 May 18
Currently in the midst of playing to 1/12th of the Irish population, STUART CLARK gets the inside word on ED SHEERAN from some of his closest musical allies, recalls his own time hanging out with the stadium-filling superstar, and hears about his very first visit to Dublin home from home, Whelan’s.
Forget Pope Francis and his one feeble gig in the Phoenix Park. If it’s religious levels of adoration you’re after, look no further than Ed Sheeran’s nine Irish sellouts next month, which will send 400,000 of his devoted Irish flock into musical raptures.
Helping him knock it out of the park/stadium/playing fields here will be Beoga, the Northern Irish (albeit with a Limerick lead singer and fiddler) trad merchants who feature on two of the fan favourites from his gazillion-selling divide album, ‘Galway Girl’ and ‘Nancy Mulligan’.
“We were laughing last night at the ridiculousness of us going out on stadium tour with one of the biggest artists in the world,” reveals their bodhrán maestro, Eamon Murray. “‘What night are we playing Páirc Uí Chaoimh, again?’ isn’t a question we’d have asked ourselves before hooking up with Ed. ‘Pearse Stadium: that’s only 25,000, right?’ It’s insane but brilliant.”