Since the release in 2010 of the emotive Farewell to Welfare, perfectly capturing the spirit of dissent descending on austerity Britain, Grace Petrie has quietly become one of the most respected songwriters and protest singers working in the UK today.
Grace’s notable vocal talents, gift for lyricism and ability to tackle the most complex of material with wit, warmth and honesty, has gained her a loyal following on both sides of the Atlantic. She has toured with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, supported comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, collaborated with Leon Rosselson and Peggy Seeger, is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and has notched up an impressive list of festival appearances along the way.
We were delighted when she agreed to guest at our Birmingham Shake the Chains gig in February 2018 and her performance left us in no doubt that we wanted to share this exceptional talent with you at Folk by the Oak 2019. Grace's performance was so well received that she spent the next several hours signing CDs and greeting her many new fans!
She’s the urgent, pulsing, compassionate talent this world desperately needs- Deborah Frances-White, The Observer -
Just when you thought that what folk music needs right now is a strident left-wing female causing a bit of carnage, here’s Grace Petrie ****- Mojo -