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Pair of Romford guitarists take the internet by storm with stunning Game of Thrones theme tune cover

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 September 2017

NIRIS performing their Game of Thrones theme song cover in Epping Forest. Photo: Chris Hatwell.

NIRIS performing their Game of Thrones theme song cover in Epping Forest. Photo: Chris Hatwell.

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A pair of musicians from Havering have been living a fantasy of their own after their epic cover of the Game of Thrones TV show theme tune went viral on Facebook.

Christopher Hatwell, 21, of Owen Close, Collier Row, met his 31-year-old bandmate Nick Engel when he began working at Musicland in North Street, Romford.

The pair began jamming together and soon formed a band, NIRIS, and on September 3 the pair uploaded an atmospheric video to accompany their latest creation, a cover of the theme song to the hit television show Game of Thrones.

In less than two weeks, the video has gone viral, and been viewed more than a quarter of a million times.

“It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind but I try to keep my feet on the ground about it all,” Chris told the Recorder.

“I find it’s best to focus on the negatives and see what you can learn to try and get better.

“Some people have said the intro maybe goes on a bit too long and I think that’s something we can definitely learn for next time.”

The video, which has been widely praised across numerous social media sites for its eerie setting, which sees the pair perform next to a moodily-lit tree that perfectly captures the tone of the smash HBO fantasy series.

Christopher said: “We shot it in Epping Forest over the course of two hours, and it was a real experience.

“Our director literally chose the specific tree, he took one look at it and said, ‘yes, this is it’.

“We were quite near a main road and we had a lot of lights up and things so filming it was definitely an interesting experience – we got some odd looks.”

For the duo, music is a real labour of love.

Chris added: “Nick and I are both classically trained flamenco guitarists so we’re hoping we can create something that people think is interesting and might intrigue them to listen to some more of our stuff.

The pair are playing the O2 Islington Academy on October 29 and then have a mini tour lined up across America later this year.

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