Grace Petrie - SJE Arts

Headline perfromance, Saturday 5th October, 2019

Grace Petrie is a folk singer-songwriter and guitarist as well as a socialist, feminist, lesbian, and protest singer from Leicester. She was hailed in The Guardian as "a powerful new songwriting voice" in 2011.

Grace Petrie began performing in 2006 as a solo vocalist and acoustic guitarist, and self-released an album that year, followed in 2007 by second album Feeling Better. 

In 2010, the advent of the Conservative-led coalition government following the (UK) general election influenced Petrie towards an increasing emphasis on politically focused songwriting, from a left-wing perspective. She made her debut appearance on Glastonbury's Leftfield stage at the invitation of Billy Bragg in summer 2010, and widely praised third album Tell Me A Story followed, including signature song "Farewell to Welfare".

She has now released 8 studio albums, the last being 'Queer af Folk' in 2018.

Performing at SJE Arts, Oxford as part of her headline solo tour, she gave an appreciative audience a two part set, with a mixture fast paced, asertive protest songs, spoken interlueds expressing her prolitical, solicailist, feninist and lesbian views - reminincent of Billy Bragg (maybe not the last two), as well as beautiful, more folk like songs - showing off Grace's softer and crisp melodic voice.

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