Irish musician reworks 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' theme song as tragic folk ballad

Irish musician reworks 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' theme song as tragic folk ballad

WHAT HAPPENS when you cross a ‘90s television theme song classic with the dulcet tones of a traditional Irish folk ballad? 

The answer, is some rather quite extraordinary. 

Will Smith might be one of the biggest movie stars on the planet but to a certain generation of fans he’ll always be the Fresh Prince. 

To the uninitiated, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was your classic fish-out-of-water comedy with Big Will going from the mean streets of West Philadelphia Philly to the swanky surrounds of upper-class Los Angeles. 

But most probably know this already – including Irish singer/songwriter Stefan Murphy. 


The Crumlin-born musician is something of a cult favourite in the Emerald Isle, having risen to fame as part of The Mighty Stef. 

The Dublin band split back in May 2016 after four albums and a decade of touring, but Murphy appears to be on good form, after posting a video of his latest creation. 

A brilliantly wry cover of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's iconic intro rap, while many have tried to cover the Will Smith classic down the years, few have done it this well. 

If you didn’t know any better, you might even think it was an original composition given how well it suits the subtleties of Irish folk. 

Titled “Pub Songs Of Ireland: The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air", Murphy posted his effort on Facebook, where it quickly racked up 52,000 views and plenty of positive comments. 

That’s awesome!” one fan wrote. 


“F***ing hell, that was pretty damn great!” another said. 

Yeessss! Best cover ever,” a third concurred while a fourth added “Only you could pull this off.” 

Check out Stefan Murphy's brilliant effort above and spread the word!