There always been a misunderstanding about the nationality of Ed Sheeran. People get confused sometimes and ask many questions like; is Ed Sheeran Irish? Or British, Canadian, and Aussies. The countries named I mention above Ed Sheeran has linked with only two countries among those countries.
Ed Sheeran born in West Yorkshire in England; therefore, by born, he is English. On the other hand, he has a strong link with Ireland because his grandparents are both still living in Ireland and his father is from that Irish Catholic family.
The “Castle On The Hill” singer spent most of his childhood vacation including summers, birthdays, and Christmases, and New years In Ireland with his Irish family.
Ed loves so much of his grandmother Nancy; in 2017 he dedicated the song Nancy Mulligan from the album Divide to her grandmother. Ed is the real admire of Irish traditional music.
He never missed a chance to show his music skill on learning Irish musical instruments such as bodhrán it’s an Irish drum. Sheeran played that instrument in his song Photograph for video.
Besides, an Irish traditional music instrument he has a lot of love and respect for Irish music Artists. I’m pretty sure you all listen to Ed’s song of Galway Girl but how many of you know this song was inspired by the Irish folk band Beoga. Ed said,
“It was based on the fiddle player in Beoga, Niamh. She’s married to an Irishman, a friend of mine, I had the band in my house for an extra day so I was like ‘what can I write about? She plays the fiddle in an Irish band… right, cool, let’s write a song about that’. She inspired the first line but the rest of the song isn’t about anyone I just made up a story.”
Why do People think Ed Sheeran is Irish?
Well, most people think Ed Sheeran is Irish because of the two songs he sang in 2017 in his Divide album. One’s Nancy Mulligan and another one’s Galway Girl. People’s prediction isn’t 100% incorrect.
Ed Sheeran himself is indeed English. At the same time, you can’t deny the influence of Irish culture Sheeran has since his childhood. You can say Ed Sheeran is mixed with British and Irish culture.
No doubt Ed consider Ireland as his 2nd home. As we all know, Sheeran has enormous fan followers around the world. But especially for Irish people, they consider Sheeran as one of them. Ed gets unconditional love from Irish people and they always proud of him.
Ed spotted hanging out with his friend Mullingar’s Niall Horan from One Direction in the Island of Ireland. Moreover, he has a good friendship with famous guitarist Johnny McDaid from the band Snow Patrol.
They both attend a traditional Irish wedding and perform together. Now you can imagine why people think Ed Sheeran is Irish.
What Did Ed Sheeran Say to BBC Interview About His Irish Childhood and Culture?
He shared many unknown facts in his life and the experience of making his album Divide in that Interview with BBC. Sheeran talked about his grandparents, who are from Ireland, and how he spent his childhood summer in Ireland. He said,
“I come from an Irish family, spent most of my childhood summers and birthdays and Christmases in Ireland listening to trad music bands.”
He asked either the song Galway Girl is the cover of the Steve Earle classic or not. He answered,
“No, it’s an original. I actually tried to find another lyric. I did Wexford Girl and Clonakity Girl and Cork Girl… none of them worked”.
“But the whole point of folk songs is taking inspiration from the past and making something new – so people will just have to deal with it”.
Actually, people get confused about this song because it’s the title. He mentioned to BBC that his cousin Laura Sheran is a musician as well. Who lives in Ireland and Ed spent so much time with his cousin in his earlier life.
Lastly, now you can understand where Ed Sheeran belongs and what his nationality is. This British musical genius reaches every music lover’s heart. Though he’s not Irish, he has a strong blood relationship with Irish people.
Therefore, please do not get confused that Ed Sheeran is Irish. And remember a real musician reaches his fan heart by music, not by his nationality. Moreover, people used to have confused about Ed’s sexual orientation. I hope all misunderstandings disappear.