Well hello there! Here we are again and I have lots more news for you because as a wise girl once said "no news is not good news (unless the news is bad news), but this news isn't of that kind". So anyway, my Living Room Tour has started with a bang, and I have 3 very different, but very wonderful gigs to tell you about!
My first gig of the tour was in Cofton Hackett near Birmingham and I managed to get there on time without filling up with the wrong fuel (I’m borrowing my Mum’s car because I can’t fit everything into mine) or getting lost, despite there being a crash on the M5, which I managed to avoid rather expertly - well done me! That evening I performed for a small but perfectly formed bunch of lovely people, and to their dog called Ruby, who seemed to have powers unknown to her owners. I kid you not, half way through “Old Eyes” (which is about my dog) Ruby came into the room, stood right in front of me and stared deep into my eyes, before lying down and staying there for the rest of the song, after which she got up and walked out again. It was so weird and wonderful, we couldn’t quite believe it! Luckily we’ve got a picture for proof :-)
The next day I went into Birmingham to catch up with a friend who has just started a teaching job there. We went for a very enjoyable walk in the park and stumbled upon a flowers and vegetable show. I honestly didn’t realise leeks could get that big - you could feed a small army with a couple of those. Then in the late afternoon I headed off to Halesowen for a gig that couldn’t have been more different from the night before. The living room was absolutely crammed - we had people sitting on the floor and people standing at the back as well as people on chairs in the middle. What a bonkers group of people! It was a brilliant evening, really interactive with questions asked about how the songs were written and how my mind works (I don't know!). It was filled with laughter, enthusiasm and crowd participation - I really couldn’t ask for more, and it was lovely to meet so many of you and have a proper chat before and afterwards.
On to gig number 3 in London. My journey there wasn't quite as smooth as I'd hoped, with every other road closed, but I got there in the end to a very welcoming group and the most perfect living room, which must have been unconsciously designed with private gigs in mind. The evening was opened by a newly formed trio made up of the host and 2 friends, who had us all singing along in no time. “Jolene” and “Wagon Wheel” were included in the very well chosen set list. Then it was my turn, and once again I couldn’t have asked for a more attentive audience, or more hummus and pitta bread! Apologies to those who aren't in the photo because I forgot to take it until half of you had left.
The one thing that all these gigs had in common was that everybody I met was really lovely and I was looked after amazingly well. Also, everyone massively over catered on the food so will probably be living on pork pie, crisps, sausage rolls and dips for the next month, but ah well, there are worse things. Thank you so much to my first three hosts and everybody else who made me feel welcome. If this is anything to go by, the tour is going to be a huge success!
The next thing to say is that Tilly’s Song has now been released on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/tillys-song-single/id1037277110 and will be available on all other online stores from this Sunday. Thanks for all your support with liking and sharing the music video https://youtu.be/I9Q5868iRMY - it's almost up to 1000 views on YouTube already!
If you’d like to purchase Tilly’s Song as a LIMITED EDITION CD then look no further, as they are now available via my “shop” page http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/shop - 100 copies numbered and signed. These are selling fast so get in there quick before they're all gone!
Talking of my website, the Holland tour now has it’s own page, so for full gigs listings, updates etc head over to http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/holland-tour.
Crikey, this is a long one! Last thing - I have 3 non-tour gigs coming up this month all of which I am greatly looking forward to:
Sept 18th, West St Loft, Shoreham - http://www.wegottickets.com/event/328941
Sept 19th, Stroud Folk Festival, Stroud Sub Rooms - 01453 760900 or http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=SUBSCRIPTION&organ_val=22548
Sept 28th, Oporto Bar, Leeds - FREE ENTRY
For full details and listings - http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/current-gigs
I hope you can make it!!
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