Ed Sheeran, Lisa Hannigan, Picture This and Beoga sing ‘Fairytale of New York’ 2 years ago

Ed Sheeran, Lisa Hannigan, Picture This and Beoga sing ‘Fairytale of New York’

The jury is still very much out on Ed’s version.

Sometimes, no matter who you are, you just don’t mess with a classic.

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It is a lesson that Ed Sheeran has learned the hard way of late after his decision to cover ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues, arguably the Daddy of the many, many Christmas songs recorded over the years.

Ed’s initial version of the song met with a lukewarm reaction at best, but it didn’t stop him performing it on the Late Late Show with some high-profile friends on Friday night.

Sheeran was joined by Lisa Hannigan, Picture This and Beoga, with whom he recorded ‘Galway Girl’ on his most recent album, Divide, on a night where he performed three songs and sat down with Ryan Tubridy for a chat which included a discussion about his social habits.

You can’t really argue with the talent of the people performing the song here, but covers like this are always going to cause division when the original is so known and loved in the first place.

Judge for yourself whether or not they pulled it off by having a listen below.

Clip via The Late Late Show

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