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Grace Petrie
Irish Centre, Leeds
Saturday 24th May 2025, £15.00
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Forged in the political fires of a generation of Tory rule, Grace Petrie is a protest singer for the modern era.

Emerging onto the UK folk scene in 2010 with a handful of unpolished, low-fi acoustic songs,her razor-sharp lyricism and the unassuming charm of her performance style began to grab attention from the get-go. In 2011 The Guardian hailed her as a powerful songwriting voice, and the legendary Tom Robinson invited her to perform in session on his BBC 6 Music show. Support slots with the likes of Billy Bragg, Robin Ince and Josie Long followed, and Petrie spent the 2010s amassing a genre-defying army of fans that crossed the boundaries of folk, punk, protest, LGBTQ+ activism and alternative comedy.

Proudly DIY, crowdfunding allowed her to independently release her first studio-recorded album in 2018the critically acclaimed Queer As Folk. Comprising a raft of passion-infused folk anthems, the crowning jewel was breakout single Black Tie, for which she is still best known today. Written as an encouraging, hopefulmissive to her unhappy younger self, the song provided an emotive hymn to queer joy that was embraced by thousands of people both in the LGBTQ+ community and beyond and catapulted Petrie from fan favourite to mainstream attention, with glowing reviews in MOJO, the Observer and The New Yorker to name a few. Following a BBC Radio 2 live session for Jo Whiley, she was invited to open Frank Turners 12-date UK arena tour, requested as a support act in Europe for Emmy-winner Hannah Gadsby andbecame a regular musical guest on the smash hit comedy podcast The Guilty Feminist. Black Tie continues to draw new fans from the first listen and to date has accrued 1.2 million streams on Spotify.

Her latest release BUILD SOMETHING BETTER is a return to blistering form. A decade afterbeing hailed as a millennials Billy Bragg (Huffington Post), the protest anthems pour out ofher as fierce as ever and production from folk-punk legend Frank Turner sees them elevated to the crowd barrier hollering anthems he is known for. Upon release, it smashed the UK top 30 and topped both the UK folk and UK download charts, cementing her status as one of Britains most beloved songwriters.

An effervescent charm-bomb of a performer - The New Yorker
Shes the urgent, pulsing, compassionate talent this world desperately needs The Observer
Its good have Grace back Jo Whiley

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