Watch Keith Urban Team With Irish Singer/Songwriter Foy Vance for Acoustic Performance of “Burden”

It’s safe to say Keith Urban is on the Foy Vance bandwagon.

Keith surprised viewers during the 2019 ACM Awards in April when he performed a live cover of little-known song, “Burden,” which was penned by Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance. The tune, which originally appeared on Foy’s 2016 album, The Wild Swan, had a profound impact on Keith when he heard it for the first time in March.

“We played at the 02 in London and Ed [Sheeran] came out to see us play,” says Keith. “We talked about Foy [Vance], who’s an incredible musician and songwriter. The next day, I had a day off in London, so I got on my bike and put my headphones on and road around London for like two hours listening to Foy nonstop. And when I got back to Nashville, I realized that I had never seen him play live—he must be fantastic—so I jumped on YouTube and heard this song ‘Burden’ and just fell in love with him. I thought, ‘I’d love to be able to do a version of the song—the way that I was feeling it in my heart.’”

Keith contacted producer Dave Cobb, who he had never worked with, and recorded the song in Nashville.

Fast-forward a little more than a month later . . . Foy joined Keith in studio in Nashville to record a video of the two performing an acoustic version of “Burden.”

“Spent some time in studio with the wildly and celestially talented @foyvance—they don’t make em like him anymore…. I don’t even think it’s legal!!! – KU,” said Keith on Instagram.

Watch Keith and Foy perform “Burden” below.

photo courtesy Keith Urban