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Leicester’s own Grace Petrie has announced a huge show at the city’s Haymarket Theatre, marking her first hometown headline show for two years, and a triumphant culmination of the touring for her 2018 crowdfunded album ‘Queer as Folk. 2019 saw her head out on an arena tour in support of Frank Turner and Jimmy Eat World, and join The Guilty Feminist tour, including a visit to Leicester’s De Montfort Hall.
A folk singer, songwriter and activist, Grace has been writing, recording and touring relentlessly since she first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare. She has racked up tour supports with Emmy the Great and Billy Bragg, and made her mark in the comedy scene supporting comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long. She has also collaborated with some of the most respected names in folk, including Leon Rosselson, Roy Bailey and Peggy Seeger.
She’s appeared at eclectic genre-crossing mix of festivals Latitude, Musicport, Blissfields, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Greenbelt, Cambridge Folk Festival, and in 2019 will play The Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival.
Her unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over audiences everywhere, across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes, amassing her over 19,000 Twitter followers and 8,000 followers on Facebook.
She has quietly become one of the most respected songwriters working in the UK today. She has been frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s the Now Show, has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts and has been featured in The Guardian, Diva Magazine and is currently nominated for the Musician Of the Year Award in the Diva Awards.
In May 2018 a Kickstarter campaign for her first full studio album, after five previous available-at-gig-only albums. She raised £10,000 in just 24 hours and went on to achieve £18.000 in the two week campaign. The album, ‘Queer As Folk’, was released in September 2018 and has gone on to be named a top 10 Folk Album of 2018 by Mojo magazine.
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