Irish folk brothers Alfie and Harry Hudson Taylor performed an acoustic one off gig at Keele University.
The Dublin duo were called back to the university as part of the Coffee House Tour competition, which involved students voting for the pop/folk pair they most want back to perform.
And Alfie, 20, and Harry, 21, who said they were inspired by music by their parents, spoke to Staffslive how they were thrilled to be invited back.
“We were delighted students actually protested on Twitter to get us here,” they said.
The duo spoke about their latest single – and how 2014 has been their busiest and most exciting year yet.
Alfie, the younger out of the pair, said: “It was a pretty crazy feeling, when we first heard our latest single ‘Chasing Rubies’ on the radio.
“We had a party on the night we first heard it.”
Harry added: “We owe a big thanks to our fan base – not only is the support huge in Ireland but the support here in England, is pretty special.
“Every time I go on Twitter, I will see a tweet from a local radio station, lets say in Ipswich telling people to listen to our music. It’s amazing. ”
But their lives were very different five years ago.
“I still remember our first ever gig – it was in a pub back in Dublin,” recalls Harry.
“We invited all of our family and friends along to watch us.”
Alfie said: “Now we are performing at festivals like Reading and Leeds – and supporting Jake Bugg on tour.”
At Keele, the brothers performed an acoustic selection of songs off their latest album ‘Singing for Strangers’ which will be released in February 2015.
Harry said: “Obviously we would normally have our band with us on a headline tour.
“But we decided to opt for a more intimate, stripped back acoustic set. at Keele.”
They performed a special acoustic version of the song ‘Beautiful Mistake’, which they especially asked to perform off microphone.
They also sang the single ‘Battles’, which got them recognised here in the UK, and their latest single ‘Chasing Rubies’ which was released on iTunes last week.
You can buy a copy of their latest single here – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/chasing-rubies-single/id903032561
See below to watch a clip of their interview with Staffslive.
(Additional reporting by Sonja Dosange)