Rising Dunmow star to perform three charity gigs in the area

James Ford

James Ford - Credit: Archant

Christmas came early for a Dunmow singer when he got his big break at one of the UK’s largest festivals in the summer.

Now he is repaying his loyal fans with a series of festive charity gigs in Uttlesford.

James Ford, who lives on the High Street, wants to say a big thank you to all the people who supported him throughout his 10-year career and will be performing in Saffron Walden, Great Bardfield and Felsted.

The Christmas-themed events will be in aid of raising money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity which is dedicated to supporting the children of men and women killed while serving in the British Armed Forces.

James, 28, who performed in a tent for unsigned acts at Chelmsford’s V Festival in August, said: “The idea was to put on three shows where I have the biggest following and show my appreciation to all the people who have supported me.

“For example Great Bardfield was where I first started singing so that night will have quite a nice family feel. People have been supporting me there from day dot.”

He added: “The shows are going to be quite stripped back and it is very much about the music and where I have come from. There will be a festive feel, well, it is a Christmas party at the end of the day..”

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James gave up his job as a marketing assistant earlier this year to focus his full attention on making it in the music industry. After his big gig at V Festival he has had plenty of gigs lined up and work keeps flowing in.

“It is quite a surreal feeling because I gave up my job to give this a shot,” he added.“I did not want to look back and regret not pursuing my dream. Ever since then it has just escalated.

“I seem to be making quite a big impact on the area and everyone seems to be routing for me which is really nice to know.

“There is just so many exciting things happening for me at the moment.”

A night with... James Ford will be taking at The Saffron Hotel on Saturday, November 29, Great Bardfield Town Hall on Saturday, December 6 and The Grignon Hall, Felsted, which is nearly sold out, on Saturday, December 20.

All events start at 8pm and vary in price. The Great Bardfield and Felsted gigs will be catered. Guests have been told to dress to impress.

Tickets can be bought from Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre or online at saffrontickets.com.