James White and The Wild Fire to perform on home-town stage as Saffron Hall reopens its doors
A Saffron Walden band with its roots in several musical genres is to return to the stage to launch its new EP.
Four-piece James White and The Wild Fire, who play a mix of country, Americana, bluegrass and indie, will perform at Saffron Hall on Saturday June 5 as the venue in Audley End Road reopens its doors to music lovers.
The band features James on guitar and vocals, Ed Goldsmith on banjo, Lee Dorrington on cajon and Brooke Bond on double bass, all of whom hail from Saffron Walden. The EP, Making Tracks, also features Paul Price-Smith on harmonica.
James was previously listed as an emerging talent by Glastonbury Festival and has three European tours under his belt as well as making the top 10 of the downloads chart with his solo project single, Citizen of Nowhere.
After playing his last show in Copenhagen in March 2020, after which the coronavirus pandemic killed off what was meant to be his final solo tour of Europe before focusing on the band, all eyes in lockdown turned to getting the new EP recorded and ready.
Making Tracks was recorded in September, during the brief lifting of restrictions, and the Saffron Hall show will be only the band's second live performance in 15 months.
The EP, recorded at Bookmatch Studios in Cambridgeshire, features four songs which will be available on all major online stores from June 5, with pre-orders available now.
James said that the songs had already been picked up by several BBC stations "so we are absolutely blown away by it all ahead of the launch".
Tickets for the Saffron Walden gig, which starts at 5pm, start from £5 for balcony seats and then £10 per person for tables of two or four. They are available on the Saffron Hall website.