This Friday (Oct 16), the Forest Folk and Roots name presents live music from Hattie Briggs at its base, The College Arms in Cranfield.
Hattie's go-getter attitude and passion for music saw her quit Oxford University, where she was part of the way through a Russian degree course.
We imagine it wasn't the easiest of decisions to make, but the decision, early in 2014, has paid off – her debut album Red & Gold hit retailer racks six months back, featuring a cover version of Eva Cassidy's version of Fields of Gold – it was produced by Eva's brother, Dan, who also plays a violin solo on the opus.
She has worked with Jazz ace Alec Dankworth, supported Feeder frontman Grant Nicholas and Seth Lakeman, and stood in the spotlight at both the Cambridge Folk Festival and Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Earlier this year, Hattie embarked on her first national tour, supporting Kathryn Roberts and Seth Lakeman, and later this month goes Dutch – with a tour of Holland.
Imagine the line drawn somewhere between Joni Mitchell and Suzanne Vega – that's where you'll find Hattie.
Support is coming from Total MK favourite Manny and the Coloured Sky (above) and tickets are £10, with special offers for students. Doors at 7.30pm, the music starts at 8pm.