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Jodie Munday – creating music to Fred’s ears


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Martin Read


Jodie Munday is a singer with a mission, talking to the District Post on her way to another gig – at Shipley’s George and Dragon – Jodie said: “As soon as I picked up a guitar I knew I wanted to be a singer, I absolutely love singing!” Jodie writes a lot of her own songs, including comedy numbers, but also specialises in a wide range of cover versions – from Dolly Parton to Mumford and Sons. And, Jodie is putting her talents to good use – running the “Music to Fred’s Ears” project to help someone who has inspired and encouraged many local musicians. Jodie says: “Fred Ball is a huge part of our local music scene, offering impeccable service as a sound engineer. He has accompanied many of us through our musical journeys and is the first to offer help whenever we need it. We’d be lost without him. But, Fred has suffered with hearing loss for the past few years and subsequently his job (mixing live sound) is becoming harder for him. He has struggled with NHS hearing aids for quite a while and we don’t want him to have to stop doing the job he loves, and which really does benefit us. So, a large number of local musicians and friends are fundraising to buy Fred the best hearing aids available.”           Jodie is organising music nights to further the cause and at the recent Shelley Arms Charity Day £2,000 was raised. The South East Hearing Centre have committed sponsorship and promised to ensure that Fred gets the best advice and the best aids. Jodie’s aim is to raise £5,000 to buy state of the art enhancement for Fred in time for his December birthday, saying: “We will be putting on events in and around Horsham and Crawley, at which supporting merchandise will be on sale, including a double disc CD featuring a large group of local artists – going for a song at £10!”

26 year old Jodie Munday has been a winner in the Battle of the Bands competition and would love to be a full time musician, meanwhile she can be seen in Horsham at B52s and the Bear, and this Saturday from 8pm she will be appearing at Sumner Ponds in Barns Green. Jodie can be contacted through her Facebook page and has set up the following facility for the district’s music lovers who would like to help Fred Ball to continue to support local musicians with his essential and greatly appreciated skills – https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/musictofredsears

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