In case you haven鈥檛 noticed, Ed Sheeran is EVERYWHERE lately.

As if headlines like him hitting Justin Bieber in the face with a golf club weren鈥檛 attention-grabbing enough, it was recently announced that Sheeran would appear on Game of Thrones鈥 upcoming seventh season (turns out Maisie Williams is a huge fan!).

And have we mentioned that his new album Divide is shattering charts records around the world? If you鈥檝e already got it on repeat, you might have noticed the Irish music influences throughout. And if you haven鈥檛 heard it yet (um, impossible if you鈥檝e ever turned on a radio), it鈥檚 the perfect time to get acquainted so it can soundtrack your St. Patrick鈥檚 Day party.

The most obvious Irish influences can be heard on 鈥淕alway Girl,鈥 named for the small city on Ireland鈥檚 west coast where some of his family lives (Sheeran himself grew up in England). The song features a more traditional Irish folk sound, and Sheeran has said it was inspired by Irish folk band Beoga and, specifically, their fiddle player Niamh Dunne. Dunne appears on another Irish-influenced song on the deluxe version of the album, 鈥淣ancy Mulligan.鈥

Sheeran has also in the past repeatedlyconfessed his love of The Corrs, an Irish pop group who brought traditional Irish sounds to the charts in the 鈥90s. And it鈥檚 no secret that the guy is a huge Van Morrison fan 鈥 not only does his MASSIVE hit 鈥淪hape of You鈥 feature a 鈥淰an the Man鈥 shoutout, he has even said that he wanted 鈥淗ow Would You Feel鈥 to sound like a classic track from one of Ireland鈥檚 greatest exports.

There are subtler ways too: One listen to 鈥淐astle on the Hill鈥 and it might make you think of some old-school U2. Plus, there鈥檚 the observation made by Jezebel writer and Who? Weekly host Bobby Finger that if you put Sheeran in 鈥渁 green hoodie, turn him on his side, and stretch out his face, he looks like an Irish flag.鈥

Okay, that one isn鈥檛 so much a musical observation, but it works!

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