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Oscar winner Glen Hansard started the busking craze

Oscar winner Glen Hansard started the busking craze

Barbara Lindberg

Oscar winner Glen Hansard started the busking craze

The last Late Late Show of 2020 on Friday night will go out on a musical note as the country’s finniest musicians gather for a busk for charity.

A decade after Glen Hansard started the traditional of busking on Grafton Street with his well-known musician friends to raise money for Ireland's homeless, the event will now be broadcast to viewers’ homes.

The Christmas Eve busk cannot take place in Dublin city centre because of restrictions but U2's Bono and The Edge will perform on the night, alongside some of Ireland's top musical talent including Hozier, John Sheahan, Finbar Furey, Shane MacGowan, Danny O'Reilly, Roisin O, Declan O'Rourke, Lisa O'Neill, and Kodaline's Steve Garrigan.

Imelda May will join from London for a performance of On Raglan Road while John Sheahan, Finbar Furey, Lisa O'Neill, Glen Hansard, and Shane MacGowan will perform in The Late Late Show studio.

Ryan will also interview Philip Powell, who was homeless on and off for two decades before he struck up a friendship with Glen Hansard and became a staple performer of the Grafton Street busk.

Bono and The Edge will perform an acoustic version of U2's Walk On, and chat to Ryan about the power of music to carry people through.


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