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Amazing Grace

Grace Petrie is one of the most impassioned folk singers the UK has produced in recent years, and she’ll be bringing her fiery solidarity to both Newcastle and Middlesbrough over the coming months.

You may know Grace Petrie for the song ‘Black Tie’, which told every young queer person that ‘everything’s gonna be alright’. Or you may have heard her music on the Guilty Feminist podcast. For those who haven’t yet had the privilege, you should know that Grace brings politics into her songs by being outspoken about injustices and the current government’s divisive political ideology. However, her feel-good songs such as ‘Storm to Weather’ turn societal pain and suffering into hope for a better future through catchy sing-a-long tunes. Everything she writes, including her tweets, are funny, thoughtful and right on. Grace’s folk music makes you want to clap, laugh and sometimes sob. I wouldn’t be surprised if her song ‘Ivy’, the story of the birth of her niece, doesn’t end up with my whole generation popping out kids with that name. If you think I’m being slightly dramatic you obviously haven’t listened to her tunes. Already obsessed with Grace Petrie like I am – or in need of a new queer obsession? Her new album is out now. That gives you just enough time to listen to it on repeat before you see her in the north-east this November and December. CJ

Grace Petrie: Monday 29 November, The Cluny, Newcastle, 7pm, £15. thecluny.com; Sunday 12 December, Middlesbrough Town Hall, 7.30pm, £18.50.