Country-folk star Gretchen Peters to visit Swindon

By Jessica Durston - 4 January 2022

Arts and Culture

American singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters will visit Swindon this April.

2022 marks the 25th year since Gretchen Peters first set foot on a UK stage, and in honour of the occasion, the country-folk star will be heading back to these shores. 

Planning a series of appearances this Spring, Peters will be packing-in a mixture of full-band live performances (featuring Barry Walsh, Conor McCreanor and Colm McClean, along with special guest Kim Richey), and shows in 'cosier' settings that promise “an intimate evening with Gretchen Peters”. 

The “an intimate evening with…” shows will see Peters sharing stories and songs from her early touring days in the UK as well as current favourites from her most recent albums. Special guests will include Barry Walsh, plus support from Kim Richey.
  
The Swindon date at the Wyvern Theatre on Monday, 4 April will see Gretchen Peters perform a full band show.
 
The performance will take place at 8pm with tickets available from 
https://www.gretchenpeters.com/shows/
 
A spokesperson for the artist said: "Championed by BBC Radio 2 presenters Terry Wogan and Bob Harris, the release of Gretchen Peters’ debut album ‘The Secret of Life’ sparked what has turned out to be an enduring relationship with her UK fans and an equally long-lived touring career in the UK."

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 2 Grammys (“Independence Day/Martina McBride, “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am”/Patty Loveless), a Golden Globe (“Here I Am”/Bryan Adams), and numerous other awards.
Her 2015 album, ‘Blackbirds’ was awarded International Album of the Year and Song of the Year by the UK Americana Association. In 2015, 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.

With a reputation for a prolific studio output, Peters released her most recent work, ‘The Night They Wrote the Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury’ in 2020. Praised by Rolling Stone as “mesmerizing”, the collection is described as Peters taking a deep dive into the catalogue of the late great American songwriter, and offering her own spin on 12 classic cuts.

While fans await her to return to UK venues, Peters says she can confirm that she is currently working on a brand new live album release. Recorded while on tour in the UK in 2019 with her band and an all-female Scottish string quartet, ‘The Show: Live from the UK’ is due to be released in 2022.

Full dates and details for the full run can be found below:

GRETCHEN PETERS - UK TOUR 2022
MARCH
27 - LINCOLN, Engine Shed **
29 - LYTHAM ST ANNES, Lowther Pavilion **
30 - LEEDS, City Varieties **
31 - LONDON, Kings Place **

APRIL
02 - EXETER, Corn Exchange
03 - BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavilion *
04 - SWINDON, Wyvern Theatre *
06 - LIVERPOOL, Philharmonic *
07 - LONDON, Kings Place *
08 - BURY ST EDMUNDS, The Apex *
11 - STAMFORD, Corn Exchange *
13 - BIRMINGHAM, Town Hall *
15 - BUXTON, Opera House *
 
** ‘An Intimate Evening With Gretchen Peters’
* Full Band Show

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