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Yard Act’s James Smith joined on stage by his grandad to cover Tom Jones

"6 pints of Guinness later, there he stood. He got a 'Dave, Dave, Dave' chant after and was absolutely buzzing"

By Hollie Geraghty

Yard Act perform live on. stage against a red light
Yard Act at Liverpool's Sound City in April (Picture: Jamie Macmillan)

Yard Act frontman James Smith has shared footage of the moment his grandad joined him on stage to perform a Tom Jones classic.

The singer took to Instagram to share a clip from Yard Act’s sold out gig at Friars Court in Warrington on Monday (May 23), where the pair performed Jones’ 1966 song ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’.

“A few weeks ago my Grandad Dave asked us if we knew ‘Green, green grass of home’ by Tom Jones. We didn’t,” he captioned the clip. “He said if we learnt it, he’d get up and sing it in Warrington. We said we would. He thought we were taking the piss.

“6 pints of Guinness later, there he stood. He got a ‘Dave, Dave, Dave’ chant after and was absolutely buzzing.

“Cheers for making that a special one Warrington. It felt good to be home, brief though it was.”

During the video Smith’s grandad sings the classic song while reading the lyrics from a sheet of paper. You can watch the footage here.

Last week, the Leeds four-piece shared the video for  ‘100% Endurance’ which features an appearance from David Thewlis. The contemplative track is taken from debut album The Overload, which arrived in January to a five-star review from Rolling Stone UK.

The video for the track was filmed in Blackpool and sees actor David Thewlis portraying the role of a man baffled by a recent alien invasion of Earth.

Speaking about the video, Smith said: “It was great shooting this video. I barely had to do anything, and I didn’t have fake facial hair glued to me head for once. I still can’t believe David got involved.

“I was such a fan of his work from Naked through to Fargo, and when I told James Slater he was interested in working with us he was so buzzing.

“A brilliant actor, and an absolute joy to watch work. Equally so, he is a thoroughly decent, down to earth person who is funny as fuck, and that goes a fair way I reckon.”

Yard Act also recently announced their biggest headline show to date at London’s O2 Kentish Town Forum, which will take place on December 1. Tickets are currently sold out, but the waiting list can be joined here.