Introducing: Hattie Briggs

Hattie BriggsYou can't help feeling like Hattie Briggs is on the crest of a big wave. The folk-inspired singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Stroud, now based in London, has enjoyed a successful 12 months, culminating in being named Fender's undiscovered artist of the year 2017.

It's a fitting reward for a talented songsmith who started her musical journey by taking a seemingly big risk in walking away from a degree in Russian at Oxford University. This big risk was followed by success in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards and the UK Singer Songwriter Competition (as a double finalist), and since then Hattie has gone from strength to strength.

While her delicate acoustic style will obviously endear itself to fans of Andrew Bird and Eva Cassidy, the hauntingly sad opener of her Young Runaway album, "The Lake", bears resemblance to Scott Matthews at his most poignant. Especially attention-grabbing is her use of strings - the violin and cello textures on her gorgeous cover of Cinematic Orchestra's "To Build a Home" evoke the swirling sound of Woodkid, albeit in acoustic form.

She appears to have no intention of taking a rest over the Christmas period. Along with performing at the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham, for those non Scrooges among us (I can't bring myself to even look at a Christmas decoration until about 20th December), she has released a special edition Christmas album, In the Snow - there's a charming video of her on her Facebook page running through the tracklist (and somehow bringing herself to defend Chris de Burgh in the process...)

Find out more about Hattie Briggs and listen to "Hide" below.


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