Sunday 22 October 2017

WATCH: Ed Sheeran invites stage hand to play piano with him during Boston gig

Ed Sheeran with PJ Smith on stage. PIC: Martin Cox / YouTube
Ed Sheeran with PJ Smith on stage. PIC: Martin Cox / YouTube
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

An Irish carpenter has become a regular on stage with Ed Sheeran.

PJ Smith works as a stage hand on Sheeran's current world tour and the singer revealed he discovered the Dubliner "not only played piano, but played piano very well".

Speaking to the crowd at his recent Boston gig, Sheeran said, "I have a guy who works in my tour as a carpenter and I found out the other day that he played piano and not only that he played piano but he played piano very, very well.

"I have a song that's on my album which has piano on it that I wish I could play live. Now when I say I can play piano, I can play it to a standard of rehearsing it a lot in a recording studio, and recording it but I don't feel like it's good enough for people to pay money to see.

"I asked PJ would he play piano with me on stage about a month ago. He said absolutely not so I asked him again and he said 'No'.

"Well, I'm quite a persuasive person so would you welcome to the stage Mr PJ Smith."

PJ accompanied Ed for 'How Would You Feel' and they went down a storm.

PJ has also played piano for Ed at New York, Dallas and Chicago.

Ed Sheeran will play nine dates in Ireland next year.  He'll kick off his Irish tour at Pairc Ui Caoimh in Cork on May 4 2018, with a second date at the venue on May 5 and third on May 6. He will then play Boucher Road Playing Fields, in Belfast on May 9 before Galway's Pearse Stadium on Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13. 

His Dublin dates will see him play the Phoenix Park on Wednesday May 16 and Friday May 18, and Saturday May 19.

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