Hattie Briggs, a Chichester born and bred singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee 2014, is returning to Sussex this Saturday to perform at Lavant House School.
The 21 year-old quit Oxford University in the second year of her Russian degree to concentrate on her musical career in January 2014.
Spokesman Jonathan Yates said: “Since then, her music has been played on TV, on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6Music as well as many regional BBC radio stations. Now just over a year later she is set to release her debut album ‘Red & Gold’ on 6th April with a single ‘A Beautiful Mind’ on the same day. The album includes a cover of Eva Cassidy’s version of ‘Fields Of Gold’, produced by Eva’s brother, Dan Cassidy, who also plays a violin solo on the record.
“Hattie released her debut EP ‘My Shepherd’s Hut’ in November 2013, and has subsequently had 3 singles in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, including ‘Pull Me Down’ that reached number 19, and her recent, ’Old Eyes’, that features jazz musician Alec Dankworth (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLMkFIOpRSE).
“Key live performances include the BBC Introducing stage at Wychwood Festival and supports with the likes of Seth Lakeman and Sam Brookes. She was also a featured artist in an emerging talent documentary by BBC Introducing In The West. She has been widely featured on all the popular UK e-zines and blogs including For Folks Sake, Folk Radio, Folk Geek and Timber and Steel, and in the USA on Val’s List.
“Inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, Hattie recorded her debut album at Monnow Valley Studios, produced by Peter Waterman (Joss Stone/Uriah Heep). Seven of Hattie’s songs reached the semi-finals of the UK Songwriting Contest with two making the final.
“This Saturday Hattie will once more be back in West Sussex. As a result of playing a sellout gig at her school Westbourne House early in 2014, she was invited to play at Lavant House School by the governors. She will be performing as a trio with her two cellists, Asha McCarthy and Barney Morse-Brown this Saturday - doors open at 7.30pm. This will give more people a chance to hear tracks from her new album, and a preview of some brand new songs. Tickets are available online from www.lavanthouse.org.uk or you can reserve by calling the Bursar’s office: 01243 527788.
“In the next few weeks she will be supporting Grant Nicholas (Feeder) at the Gloucester Guildhall, has 2 album launch gigs at the end of March in Cheltenham (already sold out) and in London, before heading off on her first national tour on March 28th, supporting Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman at 25 gigs all round the UK. 2015 is going to be a very exciting year for Hattie.”