Young Ed Sheeran wannabe donates $1500 to local charities

Lee Glanfield

Ben Glanfield, 11, singing Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran

A young musician's passion for Ed Sheeran's songs has seen him raise around $1500 for several charities.

Armed with only his guitar and his loop pedal machine, Ben Glanfield, 11, busks in his home community of Browns Bay, as well as at the Glenfield Night Markets and Beach Haven.

The Murrays Bay School student then donates the money to charities such as Starship, Ronald McDonald House and Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

Ben Glanfield, 11, uses his passion for Ed Sheeran music to raise money for charity.
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Ben Glanfield, 11, uses his passion for Ed Sheeran music to raise money for charity.

He has also donated $340 to his school to help build a new music room.

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"We make a lot of money from busking so we like to give some back," Ben said. "It's very important to help people."

Ed Sheeran with siblings Brody and Ben Glanfield, in Auckland.
Lee Glanfield

Ed Sheeran with siblings Brody and Ben Glanfield, in Auckland.

Ben is already an experienced guitar player, as he started playing when he was 4 years old.

However, his interest in using a loop pedal machine, was only ignited after he met his idol, Ed Sheeran, at a 2015 concert. 

Literally the very next morning, he and his father went out and bought a pedal and he's been teaching himself the art ever since.

Ben has been playing guitar for seven years of his short life.
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Ben has been playing guitar for seven years of his short life.

Ed Sheeran is well known for using the loop pedal, as it enables a solo artist to create the illusion of a full back-up band, with their feet.

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This means artists can record a backing beat, percussion and vocals, which play on a loop and accompany them.

Ben said, for him, playing guitar is simply what he loves to do. His dad, Lee Glanfield proudly says his son is pegged to be the next Ed Sheeran.

He has started writing songs, but is still working on the material at the moment to get to a point where he's happy with them.

 - Stuff

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