Ed Sheeran sparks guitar sale surge at local store after performing free gig in his hometown

Ed Sheeran
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Ed Sheeran returned to his hometown of Ipswich, England, earlier this month to treat the townspeople to a free, last-minute performance.

The gig, which took place on the steps of Ipswich’s Town Hall, occurred after Sheeran – who was born and raised in Suffolk – had visited the town’s local music and guitar store, Music World.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.