BBC 6Music, Emmy the Great, Glastonbury and more!

So an irritating and inconvenient house-move has rendered me internet-less for the past couple of weeks so its been a while since I’ve been able to update you all on my comings and goings. But I’ve been really busy doing lots of exciting things and I have lots to talk about!

Firstly, after having the pleasure with the truely magnificent Emmy the Great last year at Jail Guitar Doors show, she had these incredibly flattering words to say about my album, Tell Me A Story:

“Grace Petrie has lots going for her - great voice, affecting lyrics, disarmingly simple, classic melodies and a sense of humour amongst the quality. I’ve listened to this album loads of times and each time something new and clever pops up. However what I truly recommend it for is its overwhelming generosity of spirit. On a day when I’m losing sight of what’s important, I only have to think of Tell Me a Story, and, like the song, I realise ‘I still have faith in my fellow man.’ We should all thank Ms Petrie for the reminder.” I think she’s too kind.

Also, Farewell to Welfare was played on BBC 6Music last week on Tom Robinson’s Fresh on the Net show. This was my first national radio play (even if it was at 2 in the morning!) and Tom very kindly had the following to say about it:

“We’re used to hearing the spirit of dissent in UK urban music and of course in many alternative classics down the decades, the Specials to Bob Dylan, The Clash to Public Enemy, and up til now Derek Meins, The Agitator, has sounded like a voice in the wilderness among the emerging English artists in the UK on this particular show, but that’s just because no one had recommended the Leicester singer-songwriter Grace Petrie, purveyor of political, lyrical vitriol.”

Not only am I chuffed to be played on 6Music, but very pleased to be compared to the awesome Agitator, (find him here) with whom I was lucky enough to share a stage at last years Glastonbury.

Speaking of which, I am THRILLED to announce that my appearance at Glastonbury 2011 is officially confirmed! More info on this as it comes but for now I can confirm I will be returning to the wonderful Leftfield stage, so hope to see a lot of you there… let’s hope the weather is as good again!

I’ve also confirmed appearances at Off the Tracks festival in May, and a mainstage slot at Greenbelt festival, as well as negotiating a few others in the pipeline. Check my gigs page for more info, or if you are interested in booking me for a festival, get in touch at grace@gracepetrie.com.

Massive thanks to the University of Manchester’s Union and the Valley Folk Club, Pontardawe, for fantastic receptions and lovely hospitality, and of course to all who came to see me back home in Leicester last week.

Over the next few weeks my plans include: a brand new video of a new song, soon to be recorded; the Right to Work March in London on March 26th; and who could forget, the LibDem Party Conference will be hosted in Sheffield in a couple of weeks’ time. I thought I might pop down to play Mr Clegg a song or two. See you there…?

GP x