by Danielle Holian
Ed Sheeran has said he has written two ‘full-on Irish trad songs’ about Galway and Wexford for his brand-new record ÷ (Divide).
“I’ve actually got a song on the new album which I think is really gonna explode in Ireland. It would be something to do with the county of Galway. I’ve got a trad band called Beoga, they’re actually from Belfast. It’s a fiddle, a pipe, a bodhran and piano and we really jam,” Sheeran said on the Eoghan McDermott Show on 2fm on Monday. “It’s gonna be really good but I think I will never be able to play another song in Ireland again because that one will just be the song.”
He plans to shoot the video in Ireland and is currently looking for ceili dancers, he stated, “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.”
Last Friday, the Thinking Out Loud hitmaker made streaming history when he released two singles. He plans to release more tracks off the upcoming album before its release later this year.
He added how Wexford is the home county to his grandmother dedicating a song to her which will be on the deluxe version of the record, he added, “There are two full on Irish jams on there.”
The singer went on to explain his weight worries on his break last year, stating, “When I took the year off, I got rid of my phone completely so even if people were trying to contact me, I had no idea so I finished the tour and literally got rid of my phone, went home, realised I was fifteen and a half stone and needed to jog a bit. I spent a couple of months being healthy and going on runs.
I bought a bike so I started cycling everywhere and then went travelling, which was really fun, then came home and made the album, scrapped the album, made the album again and here we are. I scrapped it because it just wasn’t good enough. It was good as in x good but I can’t just have something coming out like that – I needed to defecate on the second album. The new album needs to be miles ahead.”
Have a listen to the interview below.