HOME – GROWN – TALENT
Petfringe is thrilled to welcome Hattie Briggs, fresh from touring in the UK, the US and the Netherlands and recently named ‘Fender Undiscovered Artist of the Year 2017’.
Joining Hattie will be, Petworth’s own Charlie Austen who is forging a powerful music career with her own brand of folk-soul.
Midhurst based young sensation Gracie Spooner is back as well.
And we couldn’t be more thrilled than to welcome Hayley Griffiths: classically trained, Hayley recently launched her solo career having previously been lead singer for the band Karnataka and Michael Flatley’s Riverdance.
Charlie creates finger-picking folk-soul with an emphasis on carefully crafted lyrics, intricate guitar parts and unusual melodies to suit an airy-yet-powerful, blues-infused vocal style. All delivered with a genuine smile and, more often than not, a conspicuous lack of shoes…
is a 24 year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Recently named Fender Undiscovered Artist of the Year 2017, she won the prize of supporting Lucy Rose at the prestigious O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Since making the decision to drop out of a Russian degree in her second year at Oxford University, she has released several EPs, two critically acclaimed albums, had airplay on BBC Radios 1, 2, and 6 Music, and embarked on tours around the UK, the Netherlands and the U.S.
During her travels she has supported some well known bands and artists, including chart topping duo, Ward Thomas, at the O2 London’s Brooklyn Bowl, Lauren Aquilina, Stornoway, Jamie N Commons, Seth Lakeman and Grant Nicholas (Feeder).
Influenced by Foy Vance and Jeff Buckley, Hattie writes and sings straight from the heart. Her crystalline vocals, and insightful lyrics resonate across all ages, rekindling old memories and capturing imaginations. Combined with catchy melody lines and a cheeky, charismatic stage presence, it’s unsurprising the youngster is seriously impressing industry figures and fans alike.
Hayley’s classically trained pure, crystalline voice has been enchanting audiences all over the globe, from Japan to Chile to Russia to Paris, performing in over 400 Cities across 27 Countries and 4 Continents!
Born and raised in Surrey, England, Hayley’s flair for singing and acting were realized at an early age. Endless singing around the house and along with the radio revealed a natural ability, so Hayley began singing lessons at the age of 6. Alongside her schooling, she also attended the acclaimed Laine Theatre Arts School, which helped to fine-tune her performance skills in Musical Theatre and Acting. Intensive vocal training with Mezzo-Soprano Louise Crane earned her the prestigious ABRSM Performance Diploma in Singing.
Acting alongside Geraldine Somerville and Sian Philips in the BBC period drama ‘The Aristocrats’, Hayley won the role of Lady Emily Lennox at just 13-years-old. During her early teens, she also appeared in the West-End playing Belinda Cratchet in the original cast of ‘Scrooge the Musical’ at London’s Dominium theatre, and reprising the role for the RSC version at the Barbican. At that point, no stranger to the stage, Hayley’s flair for performance led her to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where she appeared in Making Echoes, an original play by Philip Tong, which was awarded a 4 star review by the Scotsman Newspaper. During her teenage years, Hayley also appeared in advertisements for Gold Star Television, corporate videos for Cisco systems, had her voice featured in live recordings for both BBC Radio 2 and the Children in Need CD, ‘Pudsey, The Musical’ and was awarded the juvenile lead of Fanny in Dan Crawford’s ’Cavalcade’ at Sadler’s Wells.
In 2004, Hayley was flown to Dublin to sing for the Executive Producer of the Irish phenomenon, ‘Riverdance’. Just two days later she began a tour that over the next few years would take her extensively across Europe, North America, Russia, Japan, South Korea and China singing to a crowd of thousands every night. Highlights included the honour of singing for Her Imperial Majesty Emperor of Japan whilst in Tokyo and performing at the Kremlin Palace, in Moscow.
Just 18, Gracie has been performing on the local, West Sussex, circuit for 6 years at a range of events.
Gracie explores the topic of approaching adulthood in her songwriting which leads to relatable content for the young soul in everyone. She likes to use music to communicate, over spoken words, creating an honesty and vulnerability in tone and delivery.
Gracie’s writing takes a strong influence from Kate Nash, Mumford and Sons and Lily Allen.
Alongside originals, she performs covers from a wide range of genres from many time periods.