Singer-songwriter Hattie Briggs will be performing new songs from her upcoming second studio album ‘Young Runaway’, along with a selection of songs from her acclaimed debut ‘Red & Gold’, at Brighton’s The Marwood on Sat 16 April.
She’s out on a 35 show headline tour, which opened with a sold out show at Stroud’s the Subscription Rooms last month. This summer sees her performing at festivals across the country, including Cambridge Folk Festival, Cornbury and London Folk Festival.
This Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter quit during the second year of her Russian degree at Oxford University to concentrate on her musical career. Inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, Hattie recorded her debut album at Monnow Valley Studios, and it was produced by Waterman (Joss Stone/Uriah Heep/Emma Ballantine). Seven of Hattie’s songs from the album reached the semi-finals of the UK Songwriting Contest and she was the only artist who had two competing in the final ten. She completed her first 25 gig national tour supporting Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman throughout the UK in April and May 2015 which was followed by her own 21 date national Living Room/Small Venue/Festival Tour during August and September. Hattie returned from her first European tour in November having played 19 gigs in Holland and gaining a new legion of fans along the way.
After an amazing 2015, which saw the release of ‘Red & Gold, two UK tours and her first performances in Europe, it was announced last January that Hattie had won the Laurel Canyon Music awards for Best Debut Album and Best New Artist of 2015. Then in March, for the third year running, she won a Best Music Video award for the video of her summer single “Tilly’s Song” filmed by Rhys Davies of Furball Films. Not one to rest on her laurels, Hattie’s second album, ‘Young Runaway’ recorded at Monnow Valley and produced by Peter Waterman is being released in July.
Hattie Briggs plays Brighton’s The Marwood on Sat 16 April 2016. Her album ‘Young Runaway’ is due for release in July.
Hattie Briggs image by IW Photographic