Busking is a great apprenticeship.
At least it was for the hugely successful Irish duo Hudson Taylor, who honed their pop-folk musical style on the streets of Dublin.
Now, the Hudson-Taylor brothers, Harry and Alfie, are touring their debut album, Singing for Strangers, which reached number three after its release last month
Harry says: “The album’s been really well received.
“When we launched it, we busked outside HMV, which was great.”
The brothers started singing together at the age of 15.
“We went down to the beach and recorded ourselves singing,” says Harry.
“We put it on YouTube and then started writing our own songs.”
The band's YouTube videos now attract as many as five million viewers.
And as brothers, they are an effective working partnership.
Harry says: “We work well together and rarely argue.
“I think it’s because we can be honest with each other.”
The album, released on Polydor, was produced by fellow Northern Ireland hit-maker Iain Archer.
“He was great,” says Harry. “He was in Snow Patrol and helped us quite a lot.”
However, it is on the stage where the pair are most at home.
“We just love playing live and touring,” says Harry.
Hudson-Taylor play Plug, Matilda Street, Sheffield city centre tonight. Tickets are sold out.