We’re absolutely thrilled to be hosting Grace Petrie‘s Manchester tour date at Gorilla on 1st October. Our show takes place just 3 days before the release of Petrie’s latest album ‘Connectivity‘.
Last week saw the release of the first single from the album – ‘Storm to Weather‘ – watch the official video below.
As a successful touring artist the last 18 months have brought many challenges for the independent artist, activist and social commentator. With her sold out tour in Australia cut short due to the pandemic, Petrie, like many others, was forced to commence her longest ever period in one place. The unique circumstance of the pandemic triggered a whirlwind of emotions and responses to a world turned upside-down, a world in which we were suddenly more isolated than ever, yet globally united in common experience. This forced an initially uncomfortable time out and birthed a new chapter in Petrie’s songwriting. The result is honest, exposing and empowering.
Storm to Weather is sparked by personal, political and pandemic-related isolation. It’s a slice of euphoric folk, born to blast away any feelings of defeat. Whether we dare to dream that the pandemic is subsiding or not, Storm To Weather is a gorgeous and emotive keepsake from an impossibly challenging time.
Sharing a little more Petrie explained: “Storm to Weather is meant as a message of hope and solidarity from the midst of chaos and separation. The big band feeling is supposed to speak of the better days ahead, when gigs and hugs and dancing will return. In a time so marked by loneliness and uncertainty, I found enormous comfort in singing this chorus, especially the lockdown mantra: “We will dance again next year”.”
Storm to Weather arrives with news of Petrie’s upcoming album ‘Connectivity’ due for release on the 4th of October and available to preorder on bandcamp HERE. This record comes as the follow up to 2018’s critically acclaimed album ‘Queer As Folk’, a stunning, one of a kind body of work that catapulted Petrie from cult status to mainstream attention. Fiercely independent, the release of Queer As Folk was crowdfunded and saw fans smash the £10k target in less than 24 hours.
Throughout her career, the Leicester-based polymath has won hearts in many different lanes thanks to the multiple, finely tuned, strings to her bow. Scooping praise from the likes of The Guardian, The Observer, Mojo, The New Yorker and Huffington Post, Petrie has also toured with many big names in comedy including Hannah Gadsby, Josie Long, Robin Ince and not to mention being a regular guest on the hugely popular podcast The Guilty Feminist.
This new chapter for Grace Petrie looks to be the most exciting yet. With shows booked across the UK as normal life begins to resume, this ever-evolving artist is here to both entertain and tackle key issues that many are afraid to tackle. Sharing a little more, Petrie explained: “With a planet in crisis, a government hellbent on ever-harsher anti-immigration legislation and with protest itself on the verge of outlaw, the need for speaking out and for the music of solidarity has never felt more urgent.”
Expect tender, fearless songwriting, unforgivably catchy melodies and clever heartwarming humor.
Get tickets to the Grace Petrie’s Manchester date on 1st October here.