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Watch: Ed Sheeran invites Irish stage hand to perform during US tour dates

Ed Sheeran has been employing an Irish carpenter who is working as a roadie on his current tour to play piano with him on stage.

The Shape of You singer invited Dublin man PJ Smith to perform with him in front of thousands of fans due to his huge talents on the keys.

Sheeran, who is known to be on stage by himself with nothing but a guitar and a loop pedal, was heard telling the crowd at a recent show in Boston about Smith.

He said: "I have a guy who works in my tour as a carpenter and I found out the other day that he played piano and not only that he played piano but he played piano very, very well.

"I have a song that's on my album which has piano on it that I wish I could play live.

"Now when I say I can play piano, I can play it to a standard of rehearsing it a lot in a recording studio, and recording it but I don't feel like it's good enough for people to pay money to see.

"I asked PJ would he play piano with me on stage about a month ago. He said absolutely not so I asked him again and he said 'No'.

"Well, I'm quite a persuasive person so would you welcome to the stage Mr PJ Smith."

Smith then arrives on stage to huge applause and performs How Would You Feel with the singer.

He has also performed with the star during gigs in New York, Dallas and Chicago.

Sheeran is currently embarking on a number of tour dates across the globe following the release of his third studio album Divide.

He is set to perform at the Boucher Road Playing Fields in Belfast on May 9 2018.

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