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Watch: Liam Neeson sings the Sash in Coen Brothers' Ballad of Buster Scruggs

By Jonathan Bell

It may have been worn in Derry, Aughrim, Enniskillen and the Boyne - but now the Sash is getting a run out in the Wild West, at least in song.

Liam Neeson stars in the Coen Brothers' film 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' which tells six stories of outlaws and settlers on the American frontier.

It was first released at the Venice International Film Festival in August and has gone on to earn rave reviews and awards.

The movie features a raft of Hollywood A-listers including James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson and Brendan Gleeson.

Ballymena man Liam Neeson plays callous theatre owner Impresario, described as a boisterous Ulster Protestant. For his short Meal Ticket - he transports a limbless man around for a travelling one-man "freak show".

In a clip his character can be seen lying drunk by a camp fire singing Weila Weila  - an Irish school ground song made famous by the Dubliners - before breaking into the Sash.

As a crescendo he staggers to his feet before smashing a bottle into a fire to proclaim the next destination of their caravan.

At the New York Film Festival Neeson revealed how one of the horses on the production recognised him from a previous work the two had worked on.

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