An A Level student took time out from studying to support Ed Sheeran.

Joe McCann, who takes his last A Level exam at Walthamstow's Forest School on Friday, regularly plays fiddle at the London Irish Centre in Camden.

Thanks to the Centre's programmer Gary Dunne - who taught Ed Sheeran the loop pedal technique that now forms a key part of his live shows - the 'Shape of You' singer was booked to play a fundraiser on June 19.

Alongside host Dermot O'Leary and after party DJs Annie Mac and Sara Cox, Mr McCann was asked to perform as the night's second act.

He said: "Ed Sheeran and Dermot O'Leary are both patrons of the London Irish Centre Charity.

"I managed to speak to Ed but didn't get a photo. I kept meaning to and then when I got the chance he hopped over the railing and drove off in his car.

"He is really nice. Dermot as well. I also met Sadiq Khan."

Once his exams are out of the way and Mr McCann leaves the independent school, he plans to focus on his music and compete in the countrywide Irish music finals in Scotland.

He has been playing traditional Irish music since he was 12, having started off playing classical music under he instruction of Catherine Hamilton from Chingford.

The gig raised more than £250,000 for the London Irish Centre.