Ed Sheeran celebrates Irish roots with song about his granny

Ed Sheeran has written a song about his irish granny. Photo copyright Markus Hillgärtner cc3

Superstar songwriter Ed Sheeran has gotten in touch with his Irish roots for his upcoming third album.

It is reported that the highly anticipated album will feature a song that Sheeran has written about his grandmother.

The British singer has always been proud of his Irish roots and has covered two traditional Irish classics, The Parting glass, and Wild Mountain Time. He even recorded a version of his hit song Thinking Out Loud in Irish.

Ed Sheeran has written a song about his Irish granny. Photo copyright Markus Hillgärtner cc3

Sheeran’s grandmother Anne lives in Co Wexford and the star stayed with her while his was in Ireland to perform his huge Croke Park shows.

A source told the Irish Daily Star: “There are 17 songs on the album, but Ed is trying to whittle that down. He has a song about his Irish grandmother on it.

“The new album is in the final mix. He had hoped it would be released by Christmas, but it looks like it won’t be out until January.”

Sheeran could have a busy year coming up as it has emerged that X Factor mogul Simon Cowell has signed him up to help write a song for the winner of this year’s competition.

An insider said: “Everything Ed does turns to gold. To have him write the winner’s song is huge and amazing news for this year’s winner.

“All the remaining contestants have heard the track and it works for the majority. They can’t believe potentially their first ever single will be written by Ed.

“The only chance his song won’t get used is if 5 After Midnight or Honey G pull off a shock win.”

By Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.