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Ed Sheeran ripped to shreds online for ‘murdering’ cover of Raglan Road

He performed the song on Jools Holland’s Hootenanny
(Pic: BBC)

(Pic: BBC)

Clodagh Meaney

Ed Sheeran has been ripped to shreds online for “murdering” a cover of Luke Kelly’s Raglan Road while performing on Jool Holland’s Hootenanny.

The star appeared on the BBC New Years show to perform the famous Irish folk song which was derived from a poem written by Patrick Kavanagh.

Taking to Twitter, users took aim at the British singer for the performance.

Pre-empting the carnage, one wrote: “#Hootenanny has turned into half of Ireland feeling a bit anxious about Ed Sheeran about to sing Raglan Road. Tense.”

"Love Jools Holland and his New Year Show, but for duck sake, if 2021 wasn’t bad enough he started 2022 with Vic Reeves singing out of tune and Ed Sheeran murdering Raglan Road," added another.

"He's a very talented guy BUT after that version of Raglan Road on Jools Holland he should be waterboarded,” another wrote.

Another twitter user jokingly called for the Queen to apologise to “the people of Ireland” for the poor performance.

"Hoping The Queen of England makes an apology to the people of Ireland today for Ed Sheeran singing 'Raglan Road' on #JoolsHolland last night."

Another warned: "Don't ever touch Raglan Road again."

"The butchering of Raglan Road on Jools Holland makes Gomorrah feel like a comedy!", added another person.

Meanwhile another Twitter user saw the positive side of the performance.

"Ed Sheeran & Joy Crookes murdering RAGLAN ROAD on BBC last night, but no doubt bringing this timeless classic to a new & younger audience is at least something worth congratulating (at least I think anyway.)”

“Had a quick browse this morning and feel I must congratulate Ed Sheeran for pissing off half of Ireland at the turn of the year with his rendition of Raglan Road #goodeffort”

Another poked fun about avoiding: “Covid, Mrs Brown’s Boys and Ed Sheeran murdering Raglan Road.

“Time was when, for some of us of a certain age, New Year’s Eve was about going to a dress dance or a house party. Now it is about avoiding Covid, Mrs Brown’s Boys and Ed Sheeran murdering Raglan Road.”

Ed Sheeran performed vocals on the song while also playing guitar. He was joined by Joy Crookes who also sang a verse of the song.

Jools Holland played piano, along with a full band on drums and saxophone.

Ed previously covered the song while performing at Croke Park in Dublin.

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