Buskers sing “Unchained Melody,” but the way the male partner looks at girl is winning hearts

The Righteous Brothers released the song “Unchained Melody” back in 1965. But many of us recognize it from its resurgence in 1990 and beyond after it played in the background of the iconic pottery scene in the movie Ghost.

If not for that, most people might not recognize the song today. But we’re pretty sure that even if that were true, music lovers would have still stopped to watch Allie Sherlock and Cuan Durkin’s performance of it earlier this year.

Grafton Street buskers

Sherlock and Durkin first met on Grafton Street, the famous pedestrian shopping street in Dublin, Ireland where musicians have been performing for decades.

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Even Bono got his start on the iconic boulevard and Glen Hansard of The Swell Season holds an annual Christmas Eve impromptu busking session with the occasional surprise guest. In 2019, Bono even returned to Grafton Street for a benefit concert to help the homeless.

The duo

You might already recognize Allie Sherlock name. She went viral when she was just 12 years old after posting a YouTube video of herself singing Ed Sheeran‘s “Supermarket Flowers.” That even earned her a trip to the U.S. to appear on The Ellen Show.

Over 11 million people have now viewed the original clip.

YouTube Screenshot - Allie Sherlock Source: YouTube Screenshot - Allie Sherlock

Now just 15, the homeschooled teen still spends plenty of time performing on Grafton Street when she’s not studying. She’s signed to a record label and has performed with the stars, so don’t be surprised if you hear her name again and again.

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As for Cuan Durkin, the 17-year-old hasn’t had quite the exposure that Sherlock has, but he can also draw quite a crowd to his little corner of the pedestrian shopping district.

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He also sings a song or two in Italian, which always draws in some extra fans. That’s because he has opera training!

The young duo has performed a few duets at this point – and we hope they do more!

The duet

In a video uploaded in October of 2020, they tackled “Unchained Melody” and in less than 2 weeks the video has been viewed over 5 million times!

That’s a seriously viral performance!

Dressed in street clothes, each with a guitar in hand, they let their voices carry in the crowd.

YouTube Screenshot - Allie Sherlock Source: YouTube Screenshot - Allie Sherlock

As dozens of shoppers gather around to hear their beautiful performance, each gets a chance to belt out some lines on their own – and boy do they have some stellar vocals!

“He has such a rich and mature voice… Didn’t expect it! Her voice is just so soft and pretty… Enjoyed listening to and watching you guys. Well done!” said a commenter.

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Plenty of others wondered how anyone could keep walking after hearing this performance. It’s one that should stop you in your tracks.

“Hard to imagine the people walking behind them , these singers would immediately stop me in my tracks . This was an amazing rendition of a wonderful song,” remarked another viewer.

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For some, it seemed to be a highlight of a tough year, and a reminder that the kids are alright.

“I must say for an old, tired, dispirited bloke, wondering what has happened to the youth of today, I found this really uplifting.”

Perhaps the best moment is when Sherlock hits a high note and seems to stun her singing partner. In the caption of her video, she wrote: “Wait for the guys reaction when I hit the high note. It made my day when I watched it back!”

Wnat to see what all the fuss is about? Be sure to scroll down below to see the performance for yourself.

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