Grace Petrie & The Benefits Culture
14th November 2015
19:45 – 23:00
Grace Petrie is a songwriter, activist and performer from Leicester, UK. She first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive folk-punk anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured perfectly the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain. Protest legend Billy Bragg heard her music and invited her to share his Leftfield stage at Glastonbury.
Since then she has quietly become one of the most prolific and respected songwriters working in the UK. Her latest release, Love Is My Rebellion (2013) charts the journey beyond protest singer, through mid-term political cynicism and personal change to emerge through shades of folk, Americana and country as a more mature songwriting voice. The result is a collection of songs that provide a soundtrack to the modern struggle, with faith and with love, that will resonate with listeners everywhere.
Grace’s young career boasts three studio albums, a dedicated fan base and national tours supporting Emmy the Great, Billy Bragg and comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, as well as a string of festival appearances including regular visits to Latitude and Glastonbury. She is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s the Now Show and has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts. She has been featured in The Guardian, Diva Magazine and named “one to watch” in the Independent on Sunday’s 2013 Pink List of influential LGBT figures.
Handmade Festival say (and we agree):
“Grace Petrie is one of our favourite people in the world. Not only does she make music that is inspiring, confident and downright important, but she’s one of the funniest and most committed people we’ve met in our years on this earth.”
The LAAH team first heard Grace in 2011, and she played a solo set at Live at All Hallows in March 2013. This time she is bringing along her band, The Benefits Culture, fresh from a stunning Greenbelt mainstage set.
When we asked Grace for any preference on who we asked to support her at this gig, she immediately asked for local lass Jasmine Kennedy. Grace and Jas met at our March 2013 International Women’s Day gig, and have been musical compatriots ever since. This 22-year-old from Batley has immense talent and an endearing charm. She sings from the heart and has a most soulful voice that is often compared with Tracy Chapman’s. Her lyrics spring from a collection of throw away observations and bittersweet tales which possess a remarkable power to stun an audience to silence.
Jasmine has recently hinted that she’s beginning to write for her third album, the follow up to 2013’s a Love Song to Finance. Maybe she’ll try a new song out on us?
“When I heard Jasmine Kennedy for the first time it was one of those rare moments where everything had to stop while I listened. There is a simple honesty about the voice and the songs. I am not often struck by a quality I cannot readily describe.” – Sam Saunders, LMS
Tickets for the gig are £8 in advance, more on the door, as well as being available online they will be some in due course at Jumbo Records.
And if you want to make it a full night out, between 6pm and 8pm you will be able to enjoy a lovely main meal and/or a scrummy dessert from the The Real Junk Food Project @ All Hallows. The Real Junk Food Project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and a number of other sources, and turns it into delicious, nutritious meals for visitors on a pay-as-you-feel donation basis.
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