Ed Sheeran torn to shreds line for ‘murderous’ Raglan Road cover
Ed Sheeran has been torn 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’s New Years show to perform the famous Irish folk song derived from a poem written by Patrick Kavanagh.
Speaking to Twitter, users targeted the British singer for the performance.
Anticipating the carnage, one wrote: “#Hootenanny has turned half of Ireland, a little worried about Ed Sheeran about to sing Raglan Road. Tense.”
“I love Jools Holland and his New Years show, but for duck sake if 2021 wasn’t bad enough it started 2022 with Vic Reeves singing out of tune and Ed Sheeran murdering Raglan Road,” added a other.
“He’s a very talented guy BUT after this version of Raglan Road on Jools Holland he should be waterboarding,” wrote another.
Another Twitter user jokingly asked the Queen to apologize to the “people of Ireland” for the poor performance.
“Hope the Queen of England apologizes to the Irish people today for Ed Sheeran who performed ‘Raglan Road’ on #JoolsHolland last night.”
Another warned, “Never touch Raglan Road again. “
“The butcher on Raglan Road on Jools Holland makes Gomorrah feel like a comedy!” Added another.
Meanwhile, another Twitter user saw the positive side of the performance.
“Ed Sheeran and Joy Crookes murdered RAGLAN ROAD on the BBC last night, but there’s no question that bringing this timeless classic to a new and younger audience at least deserves kudos (at least, I think so anyway.) “
“I traveled quickly this morning and feel like I have to commend Ed Sheeran for pissing off half of Ireland at the end of the year with his rendition of Raglan Road #goodeffort”
Another mocked to avoid: “Covid, the boys of Mrs. Brown and Ed Sheeran murdering Raglan Road.
“There was a time when, for some of us of a certain age, New Years Eve was about going to a costume ball or a house party. Now it’s a matter of avoiding Covid, Ms. Brown’s boys and Ed Sheeran murdering Raglan Road. “
Ed Sheeran sang on the song while playing the guitar. He was joined by Joy Crookes who also sang a verse of the song.
Jools Holland played the piano, with a full band on drums and saxophone.
Ed had previously covered the song during a concert at Croke Park in Dublin.