WATCH: Hugely talented young singers are busking for shoppers in Portlaoise town

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan

Electric Picnic fever has hit Laois and a young singer is warming up the local crowds for free in Portlaoise today.

Busy shoppers in Lyster Square are enjoying the music of James McKelvey, who is from Shinrone in Offaly.

"I'm not playing in the picnic, but I am getting everyone ready for it today," he told the Leinster Express, before launching into a George Ezra hit, with his guitar and amp.

James is a familiar sight in Offaly, Tipperary and Galway, where he busks seven days a week. He also plays pub gigs.

What brought him to Portlaoise?

"The mother is actually shopping, so I said I'd come over for the two hours. I was in Limerick for two days, and Waterford before that, I'm flat out," he said.

Not to be outdone by Offaly, a Laois singer from Mountrath is giving it socks on Lyster Lane.

Emily Brophy is studying performing arts in University of Limerick.

"I'm going back in two weeks so very excited. I come to Portlaoise nearly every day to busk. It's kind of my job at the moment," she said.