Ed Sheeran: "Galway Girl"

There's no denying that Ed Sheeran has taken the music scene by storm over the past 5 years. In an interview with Spotify and BBC, Sheeran explains the title from his newest album "Divide."

"Galway is a city in Ireland where my cousin and uncle live and it's a really beautiful place - it's like cobbled streets, it's quintessential Ireland. "It was based on the fiddle player in Beoga, Niamh [Dunne]. 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."

He was concerned that Steve Earle has a song with the same title. He told BBC:

"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."



The Silent Sounds team admires Sheeran's approach to music today, and his willingness to take risks, while staying true to his artistry.

In his words, "Well, the Corrs sold 20 million records. The label would say, 'Oh the Corrs, that was years ago,' but who's tried it since the Corrs? There's a huge gap in the market, and I promise you that in two years' time there will be a big folk band that comes up that's pop, and that will happen as a result of labels being like: 'Oh s--t, if he can put a fiddle and uilleann pipe on it, then we can try it as well.'" {http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=42233}

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