GRETCHEN PETERS FINAL UK TOUR MAY 2023
Gretchen Peters returns to the UK in May for her final run of shows, following her announcement that she will retire from full-scale touring this year.
Beloved of UK audiences, US singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters has been gracing stages on these shores for over 25 years. She marked her silver anniversary in style in 2022 with the release of The Show: Live from the UK on Proper Records, to glowing reviews. Widely praised by fans and critics alike, the beautifully presented, double-CD was recorded during a 2019 UK tour with Peters’ band and an all-female Scottish string quartet. CD 1 captures 10 tracks Gretchen and her band performed with the string quartet and CD 2 highlights 8 tracks from Gretchen and her band. The package is supplemented by a collection of evocative live photographs documenting the concerts at which the recordings took place.
Speaking about the tour, Gretchen commented: “It’s important to me to have the opportunity to let UK fans know just how much their support has meant to me. I literally don’t think I’d have a touring career without them. They were always there for me, steadily growing in numbers year by year, even when I wasn’t touring or doing much in the US. And around the time Hello Cruel World and Blackbirds came out, things really amped up and our UK audience seemed to grow by leaps and bounds. I’m grateful for the chance to express my gratitude to them directly; to say thank you for decades of support and love. I expect it to be emotional, to say the least.”
The 1996 release of Peters’ debut album The Secret of Life, championed early on by BBC Radio 2 presenters Terry Wogan and Bob Harris, sparked what has turned out to be an enduring relationship with her UK fans and an equally long-lived touring career in the UK. Since then, in addition to plaudits for her own albums and shows, Peters has been widely recognised for her songwriting.
Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014, Peters has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. Her song “Independence Day”, recorded by Martina McBride, won a CMA Song of the Year award in 1995. She has been nominated for two Grammys (“Independence Day/Martina McBride, “You
Her 2015 album, Blackbirds was awarded International Album of the Year and Song of the Year by the UK Americana Association, and in the same year, The Telegraph named her one of the greatest 60 female singer-songwriters of all time. In 2021 she was awarded The Poets Award by the Academy of Country Music.
“Peters’ voice, seasoned and unsentimental, is a slow-burning flame.” Sunday Times
Dates, in what is sure to be an emotional farewell, are as follows:
03-May-23 BELFAST – THE MAC – SOLD OUT
04-May-23 LYTHAM ST ANNES – LOWTHER PAVILION
05-May-23 GATESHEAD – THE SAGE 2
06-May-23 LIVERPOOL – THE PHILHARMONIC
16-May-23 MILTON KEYNES – THE STABLES
17-May-23 BURY ST EDMUNDS – THE APEX
19-May-23 BUXTON – OPERA HOUSE
20-May-23 BIRMINGHAM – TOWN HALL
21-May-23 BEXHILL-ON-SEA – DE LA WARR PAVILION
23-May-23 CARDIFF – LEVEL 3 / ST DAVIDS HALL
24-May-23 SWINDON – WYVERN THEATRE
25-May-23 EXETER – CORN EXCHANGE
26-May-23 LONDON – CADOGAN HALL
For tickets and all other information please visit: gretchenpeters.com
📷 Andrew Newiss