With the advent of the Internet and online videos, busking has become a lot less prominent in town centres. However, one 12-year-old girl from Ireland has recently gone viral for her stunning street performance of Ed Sheeran’s hit song 'Supermarket Flowers'.
Sometime in June, 12-year-old Allie Sherlock uploaded a video of her performing the ballad— and the internet has been in complete awe ever since! Allie’s voice seems to capture attention from the very first bars, as she sings.
The depth of the young girl’s voice seems mature beyond her years and is coupled perfectly with the melodic notes she strums on her acoustic guitar. You can literally feel the emotion in the words as she sings the chorus!
Since Allie has been busking on Grafton Street, she has become a bit of a local celebrity, but it was this stunning performance that launched her into superstardom, even garnering an invite for her to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show— an opportunity which was ultimately turned down. Her father Mark told The Independent:
“There’s been a few people on to us about different things. She had the Ellen Show in America contact her but she’s only 12 and she just enjoys a bit of busking.”
For her part, Allie agrees that busking is just for fun, saying:
"I want to keep practicing all the time and singing, and so it’s like a hobby, really. Maybe I’ll do weddings. I’d like to see what happens in the future before deciding anything.”