Stage 2 of my Living Room adventure is now complete and I have much to tell you - dragons, war, love, lust, betrayal, heart-break, Kings and Queens…oh no wait, that’s game of thrones - our tales are so similar I got confused.
Anyway, my journey began on Friday with an interview at BBC Radio Oxford. I played “Tilly’s Song” live and spoke with Ali Jones about how much has happened since I quit University last January. If you’d like to catch up on the interview you can do so here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p030s9gf - I’m about 1hr 30 into the programme. From Oxford I headed on to Harpenden, which is beautiful, and as I was super early I decided to go for an explore. I wandered around the town, had one of the best smoothies ever (strawberry, papaya etc) and then had a very enjoyable walk around the common. The common is pretty huge (much of it is golf course) so I was walking for a long time, over 2 hours, and I did get lost a couple of times as the posts with the arrows marking the trail are few and far between (there has never been a more perfect opportunity to use that phrase!). The journey was perilous, but I managed, despite the stray golf balls and my growing hunger, to avoid the poisonous berries that surrounded my path at every turn (who needs Game of Thrones hey?! Oh yeh, I do.) and to make it back to the car unscathed. I then headed off to meet my hosts and set up for the gig that evening. And what a gig it was! There was music (obviously), dancing, some jousting dwarves, a whole wild boar roasted…oh no wait, that’s Game of Thrones again, shucks. It really was a fantastic gig though, with laughter, tears, audience participation and lots of lovely people to talk to, yay! Here’s a pic of the tennis-playing, table-laying, club-daying, midnight-staying bunch, thanks for a great evening Team!
The next day I headed back to Gloucestershire for an afternoon garden party, family gathering gig, and wow, what a sizeable family gathering it was! There were even relatives from Chile, who’d come over specially to see me perform (I lie, they were actually there because the host’s son has recently got married to a lovely Chilean girl), and it was amazing to have such a ranges of ages and nationalities in the audience. It was also really nice to play in a marquee on a warm day that was probably the last day of summer, waaaaaaa. Here is a small segment of the brownie-eating, outdoor-seating, cloud-defeating clan, you were wonderful! Apologies for the references to Game of Thrones. I have recently finished the last book in the series so far, and am now having serious withdrawal symptoms. If you have suffered this illness previously, perhaps you could suggest some possible cures.
Next I must thank all of you for supporting the release of “Tilly’s Song” single and video. I really appreciate all of your likes, comments, shares and retweets, and it’s down to you that we’ve already passed 1000 views on YouTube. I’m also very happy to tell you that the single is now available to download from all online stores, and to stream from Spotify among others. Here are the iTunes and Amazon links in case you missed them - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/tillys-song-single/id1037277110, http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01554QNXI, and don’t forget that there are signed, numbered (1-100) limited edition CDs of Tilly’ Song available via the shop page - http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/shop - grab them quick before they’re all gone!
On the subject of Tilly’s Song, PennyblackMusic published this fantastic review of it last week that I'm really chuffed with - http://www.pennyblackmusic.co.uk/MagSitePages/Review/10108/R/Hattie-Briggs-Download-Tillys-Song.
Lastly I must mention some gigs, as really that’s what this whole thing is about (and not Game of Thrones, which is definitely a good thing as all the main characters in the books seem to get killed off all the time or captured and put in a dungeon, or pushed off a cliff, even the singers, and that wouldn’t be ideal so this is much better). And I have 2 regular (non-living-room) gigs coming up this week:
Sept 18th - West St Loft, Shoreham - http://www.wegottickets.com/event/328941 - this is a very small venue and I know that most of the tickets have gone already so booking is definitely the safer option.
Sept 19th - Stroud Folk Festival, Stroud Sub Rooms - http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=SUBSCRIPTION&organ_val=22548 - I’m on at 6pm on the Saturday.
Final final thing is that I’m looking for a LIVING ROOM GIG or 2 on the 28th/29th of November, somewhere in the vicinity of Peterborough/Cambridge/Norwich. If you’re interested in finding out more, please email me on email@example.com.
Cheers ma dears!
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