Ever since pop sensation Ed Sheeran announced that he was in search of “proper céilí dancers to star in the video” for his upcoming song “Galway Girl” Irish dancers around the world have been vying for his attention. This group of eight dancers from the Hession School of Irish Dance has blown it out of the park!
The girls dance on the Claddagh in the heart of Galway. They begin by dancing in perfect time to "Shape of You" and gradually transition into "A Lovely Madness" by Beoga, a band which is also featuring on Sheeran's upcoming song.
Their fantastic video opens with a few false starts, which makes it all the more endearing, and some beautiful shots of the swans on the Claddagh before the girls show off some serious skills.
Sheeran, who was born in Suffolk in England, has strong Irish roots which meant his announcement in January that two of the songs on his new album would be “full-on Irish jams” didn’t come as much of a shock. However, what truly threw the global Irish community into a tizzy was the fact that the videos for these songs would be filmed in Ireland and he planned to use “proper céilí dancers.”
The star spoke to the Irish radio station 2FM in early January and explained that one of the new Irish jams “has something to do with the county of Galway,” while the other is based on County Wexford, where his grandmother hails from.
He said he has been working with the Belfast-based trad band, Beoga, and that he is planning a trip to Ireland soon to shoot the video for one of the songs. He revealed that the song includes a fiddle, pipe and a bodhran and Sheeran predicts it will become something of an anthem for his Irish fans.
“We really jam and it’s going to be good. I do think I’ll never be able to play a song in Ireland again because this one will just be the song,” he said.
Here’s the conversation in full: