In the summertime, when the weather is fine

Hey pals!

I hope that you are all enjoying your summers and the long hot days. I have been using mine to do a lot of driving! In a car with no air conditioning, and whose stereo cuts out if you turn the volume up past 13. And I like the volume past 13, friends.

Last weekend it was time for both Latitude and Music on the Marr festivals. And lucky for me I had gigs at BOTH! I wasn't entirely clear on how much distance lies between Cumbria and Suffolk (SPOILER ALERT: a lot) but I felt confident to the point of silliness that I would be able to play in one at 7.30pm and the other at 11am the next day. We made it though, and had a phenomenally great gig at the gorgeous, friendly Proper Folk festival Music on the Marr (the patron of which is my friend and Anti-Capitalist Roadshow comrade, the wonderful Roy Bailey), warming up the crowd for the always-magnificent O'Hooley and Tidow. The people were lovely and welcoming and there was a hog roast!

It was then off the stage and straight back into the car for the six and a half hour drive to Suffolk, a few hours' sleep and then time to open up the Comedy Stage at Latitude. "WHAAAAAAAAAAA?!?!" I hear you caterwaul! Yes pals! Comedy stage! For reasons I still cannot discern people continue to laugh at me without that being my intended response, so when I get offered a gig on a bloody freakin' massive comedy stage, my response was to quite figuratively JUMP at the chance. I was not sorry, even though moments before I went on I was quite metaphorically a BAG of nerves, because the folks at Latitude were really kind and lovely and laughed in all the right places unless I had my flies undone the whole way through and that's what it was. If so, I still have no regrets! 

The festival season for me is not over; I'm off to Greenbelt (HOORAY!) and Towersey Folk festival (WOOHOO!) on August bank holiday so do please say hello  if you're catching me there.

Announced TODAY is a very special headline show at one of my favourite venues ever. Those of you who are long-time fans will know I had the immense honour and thorough joy of supporting Emmy the Great on tour in 2010. One of the places we went was the BEAUTIFUL St Pancras Old Church, where I will be playing and recording a live DVD (in case any of you would like to look at my ugly mug) on OCTOBER 3rd. Tickets are now available on the gigs page, although it is a very intimate venue so I would suggest early birds/worms/gig tickets.

TOMORROW! You Londoners come and celebrate ULU's last hurrah with ME! Tickets and info at the gigs page.

I hope your July has brought you cheer and merriment, and the very best of Augusts to you all too!

Peace out x

***Tomorrow's Leicester gig postponed***

Dear all,

I'm sorry to announce that tomorrow's gig at the Musician, Leicester will be postponed due to some health issues. Nothing for any of you to worry about, but these things will come up at the most inconvenient times. I'm so sorry to all those who booked tickets - you should have had a notification email from WeGotTickets telling you that the gig has bee re-scheduled for September 11th.  All original tickets will still be valid and the support act will still be Jasmine Kennedy.

My deepest apologies to anyone who this has caused inconvenience to; I promise we will more than make up for it at the revised date in September. If you aren't able to make that and need to refund your ticket then either contact the ticket vendor you used or drop me a line on at grace@gracepetrie.com and I will see if I can sort it for you.

Much love and sorry again!

GP x

Glastonbury News!

Hello my folkful friends!

I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine and have made the most of the brief delusion of excitement that all major football tournaments bring. It was fun there for a moment, wasn't it? The end of June approach-eth, and with it comes my favourite thing in the world: Glastonbury! Luckily for me I get to be a part of it AGAIN this year! Interestingly, the last time I played a World-Cup-year Glasto, my set was during the England game. So at least that clash won't happen this year, eh Roy? Every cloud, eh, Roy? In all seriousness, maybe we should think about taking down the flags, you guys.

So! If you are attending the party in Pilton this week, please do make a note in your festival weekend itineraries (what do you mean? Everyone has them)  that I will this year be doing a little set of ditties in the BREAD & ROSES bar, Sunday night at 7.45pm. I think there's some other band from Leicester (Kas-bah? Kasablanket? Caspian?) on one of the other stages around that time, but if you would prefer to snub the crowds and come and share a beer with me I would be delighted!

Please do spread the word to any chums you have that are going, as the Bread & Roses isn't listed in the little Guardian necklaces they give you (another reason to design your own itinerary), so you won't find my name in there. But if you're looking for me, I'll be there drinking and singing with partner-in-rhymes Caitlin who'll be popping along to accompany me on some instruments.

NOW! LEICESTER, my lovely Leicester. The band and I have been dreadfully neglecting you, which is no doubt why you scheduled that big Kaspanian gig in the park this weekend, so we are coming to my favourite venue The Musician on July 25th. Why yes! That is the day after I turn 27 years old, the age that many rock stars have checked out of this mortal plain at, so I'm not exactly saying time's running out - but it's probably worth getting tickets. While you can. Joining us on the night will be the incredible Jasmine Kennedy, who I had the pleasure of playing with at Greenbelt last year. Apparently tickets are already selling! So be quick off the mark by snapping them up here.

I'm off to pack my wellingtons and beer!

Peace out,

GP x