Much like the image of Hollywood superstar Matt Damon posing with a grocery bag at Dalkey, Niall Horan and Lewis Capaldi’s busking session was the surprise celebrity footage we didn’t know we needed.
It’s a welcome sight, with the mercury-busting temperatures in our weather forecast for this week, you don’t have to be a fan of the One Direction star to see Horan take cues from Bono’s book with a free music session.
It was just before 7pm on Friday when news of his unexpected session at the top of Grafton Street in Dublin city center broke, prompting a rush of fans eager to catch a glimpse of the action.
Horan and his Scottish pal played a number of tracks during their free session, including his monster hit slow handscoldplays Yellow and Capaldis Before you go.
The couple, who had been to the Guinness Storehouse earlier in the day, stunned busker Jacob Koopman during his performance on Grafton Street and he obviously looked delighted to be joined by the two megastars.
Her high jinks didn’t stop there. The next day they made their way to Horan’s hometown of Mullingar, Co Westmeath, to attend the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann event there.
As proof that the 28-year-old really knows how to perform after all his years in the business, footage has emerged of him climbing through the window of Clarke’s bar to attend the session.
He sat down on one of the stools and played the guitar, then played covers of hit songs, including Always with Tranquillity, Freefall, This city and track cars.
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On one occasion they visited the statue of the late Joe Dolan, and Capaldi is said to have shouted out to viewers, “Joe Dolan – the true King of Mullingar!”
The two singers were accompanied by a film crew on their outing, and Guinness later shared a picture of the famous couple sitting in Clarke’s window enjoying a pint with the caption: “Good things are coming.”
The Mullingar man, who sparked suggestions for a collaboration with the drinks company, tagged Capaldi and responded to the tweet by saying, “Can’t wait!”
But Horan’s friendship with Capaldi dates back years and was forged in the early days of his solo career. He even invited the Scot to support him on some dates of his Flicker World Tour.
Horan, who is worth over €50m, contacted Capaldi online after the Scot was sacked lost on you in 2017 and said he was a “big fan of this man”.
But it wasn’t until March 2018 that they met in person for the first time. Horan described how they bonded over a shared love of rugby.
“It started a few years ago when I released my first album (2017). I did a few shows and then I think it was March 2018 when I first met Lewis,” he told FM104.
“I had written to him on Instagram and told him I was a fan of what I had seen before and then [I asked him] if he would like to come and play a few songs in front of me at a gig in Glasgow.
“We had a few pints back when Ireland played England in the Grand Slam a few years ago and then we just became really good friends.”
Just like the sunny weather, this may not be the last we see of Horan this week. On Wednesday he is one of the invited guests at the Pro Am at the ISPS Handa World Invitational in Galgorm, Co. Antrim.
The golf-mad singer will join a host of stars at the event including Robbie Keane, James Nesbitt, Bressie, Stephen Ferris, Greg O’Shea and Valerie Mulcahy.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/from-busking-on-grafton-street-to-a-bar-stool-in-mullingar-best-pals-niall-horan-and-lewis-capaldis-raucous-tour-of-ireland-41897783.html From busking on Grafton Street to a barstool in Mullingar, best friends Niall Horan and Lewis Capaldi on their wild tour of Ireland