International superstar Ed Sheeran has given a nod to his Model County heritage by recording a 'Wexford song' for his new album.
In an interview with Eoghan McDermott on 2FM, the flame haired singer said that he's penned two 'full-on Irish trad songs' about Galway and Wexford for new album '÷ (divide)'.
He will also feature talented five-piece trad band Beoga from Antrim on the album for these songs. They join Ed in studio last summer to record the two trad/folk tracks after he had been introduced to their music by singer Foy Vance.
Beoga fiddle player and vocalist Niamh Dunne said: 'We did two songs with Ed' but said the band was 'sworn to secrecy'.
'The songs are about Wexford and Galway and we did one song when we got there that he hadn't written so the whole thing was very organic. I'd say the songs are folky.'
'Foy played Ed some Beoga tracks and when Ed was making his new album he thought it might be a good idea to get us over to record some songs with him.
'So we went over and the weather was gorgeous and we just had a great time.
'We had a few beers and just hung out and it was just very relaxed.' She said that while they had been initially star stuck on meeting Ed this soon dissipated and they treated him like a fellow musician. 'He was great craic', she added.
The 'Thinking Out Loud' singer also revealed to Eoghan McDermott that he would be hiring Irish dancers to appear in a video which he will be shooting here in the coming months.
'I should be over in Ireland soon so I'll probably put something out then.
'I'm definitely shooting a video for one of the songs in Ireland and I will be doing a casting because I need proper ceili dancers.'
He said the song about Wexford, home to his granny Anne, will be on the bonus edition of the new album which will be released in March.
'Divide' is expected to be a global smash following the reaction to the release of the first two songs from the album, 'Castle On The Hill' and 'Shape of You'.
The tracks individually broke the record for most streams during a 24-hour period on Spotify, and in a charts first, rocketed to numbers 1 and 2 in the UK Top Thirty last week.