George Dennehy was born without arms but amazingly has learned to play the guitar using only his feet. On June 2, the 18-year-old performed a cover of the song “Iris” by the band Goo Goo Dolls at the Ashland Strawberry Faire in Ashland, Va. Video of that performance has been viewed by nearly half a million people on YouTube alone and caught the attention of the band members, who invited Dennehy to performed live with them at the Musikfest 2012 festival in Pennsylvania this past weekend.
“I think people see the willpower and determination and how much that performance meant to me and that song. I guess it touches people’s hearts,” Dennehy said of his Virginia performance during an interview with What’s Trending host Shira Lazar.
And as if that weren’t amazing enough, Dennehy tells Lazar that he’s actually a multi-instrumentalist, playing the piano, bass and cello—all with his feet.
“Every person has their purpose here,” Dennehy said. “We’re all here for a reason. Don’t let anything get in someone’s way to do what they feel called to do. I just want people to see that even though I don’t have arms I’m still striving to do what I want to do in my life.”
Here’s a video of Dennehy’s performance with the Goo Goo Dolls: