Hattie Whitehead, Jenny Plant & Max Runham
Ex Cellar Live Sessions
Hattie Whitehead, Jenny Plant & Max Runham
Hattie & Max Friday in Claygate
Jenny & Hattie Saturday in Surbiton
11th & 12th November 2022 @ 7pm
Ex Cellar Claygate (11th) & Surbiton (12th)
Growing up in South West London, Hattie Whitehead was born into a family that held music, poetry, creativity and expression at its core. The daughter of a jazz musician and a poet, her family’s diverse favourite artists, from Paul Simon to Miles Davis provided a solid musical grounding that significantly shaped Hattie’s melodic and heartfelt style. Her jazz inflections have drawn comparisons to some of the musical greats she grew up listening to – Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, John Martyn and Jeff Buckley. Her love of modern alternative, folk and indie bands has further developed a style comparable to current artists such as Bon Iver, Laura Marling, Jose Gonzalez and The Staves. What they all have in common are melody, emotion, soulfulness and honesty.
Following the release of her debut EP ‘Home’ in 2015, Hattie had radio play on BBC London and Amazing Radio before winning third prize in Glastonbury's Emerging Talent Competition. She has since performed at a raft of festivals such as Latitude, Wilderness, Field Day and Cambridge Folk Festival, supported the likes of Joey Dosik and Conner Youngblood and gained the support of national press, including the iNewspaper, the Telegraph and Radio 2’s Whispering Bob Harris following the release of her second EP ‘Old Soul’.
Tackling themes of grief, friendship, relationships, and the processing of difficult emotions, the music of Old Soul saw Hattie matured since her debut in 2015. The EP of heartfelt indie folk is brimming with lilting melodies that are always enthralling and never predictable, and vocals that are distinguished by their soulfulness and clarity.
In 2020, Hattie’s music reached the world of television, with three tracks from her latest EP appearing in Swedish Drama ‘Alska Mig’, and single ‘Ups and Downs’ featuring in Apple TV’s new comedy ‘Trying’. As well as contributing her own music to the series, Hattie worked with composers Guy Garvey (Elbow), Pete Jobson (I Am Kloot) and Paul Saunderson as a featured artist on the official soundtrack, released on Polydor in May 2020.
2022 is set to see Hattie’s music reaching new heights and sounds as she works towards a debut studio album.
Richer Unsigned – 'Her silky-yet-soaring voice adds a richness to her music, highlighted beautifully in our chosen track “Ups and Downs”, an ode to her guitar.'
The Telegraph - ‘The song Ups and Downs highlights Whitehead’s rich, honeyed vocals as well as her talent for writing enthralling melodies and soul-baringly honest lyrics.’
The I Newspaper - ‘The new single from the rising west London born folk-pop singer-songwriter is deeply melodic, building soulful, lilting vocals, subtle harmonies, swelling guitars and warm atmospherics.’
Prog Magazine - 'The singer-writer from Richmond in London, wears her heart and her accomplished song craft on her sleeve with the self-released single More Than That. It’s an appealingly open faced love song.’
For Folk's Sake – ‘Hattie's got the sort of talent that means in a couple of years time we'll all be boasting about being here tonight'
Jenny is a British Singer/Songwriter and pianist who merges the current with the classic, captivating listeners with her soulful voice.
Jenny effortlessly combines her ethereal vocal hooks and harmonies with a distinctive production sound, taking listeners on a sensory trip drawing on influences from artists such as Carole King and Adele, to the haunting and mesmeric soundscapes of London Grammar. Her track Shadow To Dust was synced in the hit TV series Älska Mig and has just passed the 280,000 streams. Other credits include BB’s Theme, the title track from the highly celebrated video game Death Stranding which has been streamed over 7 million times and for which Jenny won Best Soloist at the VGMO Awards. Jenny has performed sell out shows including her own headline show at St Pancras Old Church and towards the end of 2020 Jenny was selected as the winner of the Abbey Road Film Scoring Competition by film composer Arturo Cardelús. 2021 was an exciting year for Jenny who caught the attention of music legend Courtney Love with whom she has been collaborating.
"Jenny Plant is one step away from being on everyone’s playlist. She has the voice, the songs and the image to be a star. For me though, it is the connection between vocals and keys that brings her unique magic'' - Nigel Williams, Jazz FM
With his soaring vocals and playful songwriting, British singer/songwriter Max Runham has broken into the London scene this year with a unique Soulful, Folk-Rock sound. Drawing inspirations from the likes of Ray LaMontagne, Jeff Buckley, Carole King and many more, Max has developed a very characteristic style.
Releasing his debut EP in 2018 'Better Get In Line' while still working full-time as an actor, he realised the need to hone in and focus on his music. Max has now stepped away from the acting world, forming a 4 piece band with Sahil Batra, Louis Haessler and Michael Hussein and making waves on the London circuit. You can also find his latest release, a 3-track, live session EP: 'Vibrans Soup' on all streaming platforms.