Tuesday 23 May 2017

Christy Moore reveals the touching thank-you gift he received from Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran and Christy Moore (inset)
Ed Sheeran and Christy Moore (inset)
Christy Moore on the Late Late Show
Christy Moore performs on stage at the Royal Festival Hall on April 4, 2012 in London, United Kingdom.

Meadhbh McGrath

Christy Moore has opened up about his friendship with the British pop star Ed Sheeran.

Speaking on RTE One’s Late Late Show, the singer praised Sheeran’s generosity, and described the moment when the Granny Moore visited him at home ahead of his sold-out concerts in Croke Park last summer.

“It was amazing that he came and visited the house,” he told Ryan Tubridy.

“And he came and visited us in the house on the afternoon that he was playing in Croke Park, and he was as cool and as laidback - a lovely guy.”

Christy Moore on the Late Late Show
Christy Moore on the Late Late Show

He recalled that Sheeran extended an invitation to join him on stage.

“I was tempted, but then I realised Ed’s audience are 16-18, and I just thought, ‘work away, Ed’,” he said, adding that the pair agreed to work on something together in the future.

During Sheeran’s visit, the Irish music legend managed to squeeze in a quick tutorial.

“We sang and we played and it was very funny because he was wondering what he should sing. I suggested that he have a go at Molly Malone, but he didn’t know the song.

Christy Moore performs on stage at the Royal Festival Hall on April 4, 2012 in London, United Kingdom.
Christy Moore performs on stage at the Royal Festival Hall on April 4, 2012 in London, United Kingdom.

“We played it together in the afternoon and that night he went out in front of 80,000 people and sang Molly Malone. He’s a really lovely young man, he’s very, very special,” he said.

To thank Moore for his hospitality, Sheeran had a unique gift custom-made.

“Six weeks later, there was a knock on the door. I thought it was a mistake,” he said.

“It was a guitar, and he had this guitar specially made for me as a gift by the wonderful guitar-maker George Lowden up in Downpatrick.

“He presented me with this gift of a new guitar, which is the most beautiful instrument I’ve ever held. What a beautiful thing to do.”

Moore also added that he thinks the two may even be related.

“My granny was Ellie Sheeran, so I think myself and Ed could be distant cousins!”

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