Manchester Folk Festival 2019: Grace Petrie

Grace Petrie has been described as ‘Britain’s voice-of-a-generation protest singer’. A folk singer, songwriter, and activist from Leicester, she is fearless in tackling tough issues and winning over tough crowds. She’s admired by Billy Bragg and has collaborated with some of the most respected names in folk, including Leon Rosselson, Roy Bailey and Peggy Seeger.

Exploding on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare, Grace captured perfectly the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain. Since then, she has written, recorded and toured relentlessly.

Her unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered have won over audiences everywhere. Her star is most definitely on the rise – showing how much we need her voice in these strange times.

“Petrie’s unwavering voice is powerful enough to move mountains and the crowd is dead silent as she sings, hanging on to every word, because when she sings you don’t want to miss a thing. Her songs are incisive, funny, and informative as hell – sitting through her two- part set is like receiving a punchy news bulletin of every current affairs topic from the last three years.” – Betti Hunter, Buzzmag

Supporting Grace Petrie is She Shanties
To say that the She Shanties stand out as an all- female shanty group is to state the obvious, but their northern accents also stand out in a genre dominated by a certain Cornish shanty group. Their unembellished sound lets their emotionally-loaded subjects stand centre stage.

This event is part of Manchester Folk Festival – an urban folk festival. It takes place from 15-20 October 2019, in and around HOME and the city centre. Over the autumn weekend, they present an exhilarating range of events, with the spotlight on contemporary and traditional English folk music.


  • Recommended age 14+
  • A booking fee of 10% per ticket will be added at checkout
  • Buy for 4 Manchester Folk Festival shows in 1 transaction and get 20% discount on ticket price
  • Please note this event is at Gorilla