More than a decade after first emerging, Grace Petrie stands out as one the most important songwriters working in the UK today.
Petrie makes a return to Australia this January, bringing her polemical folk anthems, acerbic lyricism and open-hearted performance style to venues all over the eastern part of the country.
Locally, she’ll take to Northcote Social Club on Thursday, 19th January 2023 and The Barwon Club Hotel in Geelong on Friday, 20th January 2023.
Grace Petrie Australian Tour
- Tuesday 27th December – Saturday 1st January 2023 – The Woodford Folk Festival – Woodford, QLD
- Tuesday, 3rd January 2023 – Brunswick Picture House – Brunswick Heads, NSW
- Wednesday, 4th January 2023 – The Outpost Bar – Fortitude Valley, QLD
- Thursday, 5th January 2023 – Mo’s Desert Clubhouse – Burleigh Heads, QLD
- Saturday, 7th January 2023 – The Factory Theatre – Marrickville, NSW
- Sunday, 8th January 2023 – The Baroque Room – Katoomba, NSW
- Tuesday, 10th January 2023 – Smith’s Alternative – Canberra, ACT
- Thursday, 12th January 2023 – Trinity Sessions – Clarence Park, SA
- Tuesday, 17th January 2023 – Palais Theatre – Franklin, TAS
- Wednesday, 18th January 2023 – The Barn at Rosny Farm – Rosny Park, TAS
- Thursday, 19th January 2023 – Northcote Social Club – Northcote, VIC
- Friday, 20th January 2023 – The Barwon Club Hotel – Geelong, VIC
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Since the release of her 2018 album Queer as Folk, Petrie has been launched into the mainstream spotlight as one of the subversives to watch in the folk world. Petrie draws comparisons to Billy Bragg for her delivery and is fast becoming a recognised voice for feminism, the queer community, and anyone else who doesn’t want to take any more crap.
Petrie’s first appearances in Australia in 2020 saw sold-out shows and this first headline tour since then promises to take her to the next level with Australian audiences looking to be challenged, looking for a good laugh, and wanting to leave a show with a fire in their belly.
“I first came to Oz in February 2020 and fell in love with the country and especially the fantastic audiences, and immediately started scheming to return as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the pandemic had other ideas, so it’s been three years since my last Australian headline tour, which feels like way too long,” says Grace of her upcoming Australian tour.
“Since then, I’ve released my new album Connectivity which topped the UK download chart, so I’m excited to get to share some new tunes with Aussie friends, and Woodford Folk Festival is legendary, so I’m thrilled to be appearing there. From there we’re on the road for three weeks and hitting up some of my favourite cities – I can’t wait to get back to some favourites like Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra but also really excited to do some new places this time, including my first trip to Tassie! I couldn’t be happier to be finally coming back.”
Petrie’s latest album Connectivity was built from the reflections of what humanity means in a world struggling against division and destruction. Glued to one place for the first time during the pandemic, this is a record made firmly out of Petrie’s comfort zone: slowly, intricately, and over many close-up, painstaking months. The result is the most honest collection of songs she has ever shared. It is about storms and the rebuilding that follows them, and about how to find a way to carry on the fight for a better tomorrow when every day you are told you’ve already lost. It is Petrie’s most personal – and yet most universal – album to date.
Connectivity reached 37 in the main UK album chart, and topped the UK download chart week of release without a record label and as a completely independent release, and is available wherever good music is streamed.
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