I wasn’t very familiar with busking until a year or so ago. Actually, let me correct myself: I didn’t know the term for some street performers was “buskers,” and I only learned on my last trip to Europe. Buskers are quite common in different areas and countries around the world, and it’s incredible to hear some of the great music they perform — sometimes even on request! I remember hearing some classics while I was shopping one afternoon. That moment reminded me of a fantastic clip that we’re going to share with you below.
Everyone knows the lyrics to Leonard Cohen’s 1984 song “Hallelujah.” In fact, if you have watched the movie “Shrek,” then you are probably already pretty familiar with the song. I think it’s safe to say that even if you haven’t seen the movie, you have heard the song somewhere in your lifetime. It’s extremely popular.
Now, just when you thought you’d witnessed every cover of “Hallelujah,” there’s another you should check out. 12-years-old at the time, Cork, Ireland-born Allie Sherlock bravely set up a microphone and music stand outside of a Dublin shopping area only to begin singing one of the most beautiful covers of “Hallelujah.” She had a guitar that she had only learned to play a few years ago. But, she still takes the song on like it’s nothing and does it full justice.
Allie’s strong yet relaxing voice and beautiful strumming powered through the shopping area.
Next thing you know, a crowd of people of all ages formed around her until her performance was complete. Even folks around Allie’s age and younger gathered around regardless of what they had been busy doing before, all to give this girl the attention she deserved.
After completion, everyone cheered and gave Allie a big round of applause for her immense production. Best of all, this act was caught on camera and posted on YouTube!
After her performance, the recognition for Allie did not stop. She has a recording contract, has been featured on Ellen DeGeneres’s “The Ellen Show,” and has landed several interviews.
Now in her early teens, we commend Allie for being bold enough to kick off her music career at such as early age.
If you live in Ireland or just happen to be visiting, keep your eyes peeled for more performances Allie performs on the Ireland streets!
Allie’s voice is like no other. Check her singing out in the video below!