Gretchen Peters' Farewell UK Tour

Gretchen Peters' Farewell UK Tour


Posted 2023-04-26 by Andy Colemanfollow

Thu 04 May 2023 - Fri 26 May 2023

Singer/songwriter Gretchen Peters will tour the UK for the final time in May 2023. The dates include a gig at Birmingham Town Hall on May 20.

Final tour: Gretchen Peters. Picture: Andrew Newiss

It has been 25 years since the Nashville-via-New-York star first set foot on British stages and she promises that her farewell tour will include reflective conversation and retrospective performances. The support act will be Gretchen’s long-time musical accomplice Kim Richey .

While set staples like On A Bus To St. Cloud and Five Minutes are highly likely to feature each night, 65-year-old Gretchen is hoping to devise a setlist that will cater to 'everyone’s favourites', including some older songs that she and her band may not have played in recent years.

It’s really important to me to let UK fans know just how much their support has meant to me,” she says. “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 want to have 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.

Since her first UK show in 1997, Gretchen and her band have become familiar faces at some of the UK’s best loved venues, while becoming certified favourites at some of the nation’s major festivals such as Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Celtic Connections.

Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014, Gretchen 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 and You Don’t Even Know Who I Am/Patty Loveless) and a Golden Globe (Here I Am/Bryan Adams).

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.

Gretchen released a live album, The Show: Live From The UK, in 2022. Recorded while on tour in the UK in 2019, with audio plucked from three special performances in Bristol, Bury St Edmunds and Bexhill-on-Sea, the album features Gretchen and her band accompanied by the all-female Southern Fried String Quartet from Scotland.

Gretchen says: “I have so many visual memories of watching the UK fly by from the window of a tour van: fields of rapeseed in bloom, Durham in a fresh coat of snow, Stonehenge for the first, second, third, fourth times (still thrilling!), the stark, gorgeous mountains of Scotland, swans on the Thames in Reading, the pebbly beach at Brighton, the dizzying cliffs at Beachy Head. The impromptu fish and chips on the beach with the band after soundcheck in Bexhill-On-Sea. The birthdays we’ve celebrated while on the road. The crews at all the venues, some of whom are old friends by now. The fans lining up at the merch table to share their most personal and vulnerable stories because a song I sang had touched them deeply. The beloved and brilliant musicians we’ve shared the stage with.

Gretchen Peters’ 3023 UK tour dates:

May 4: Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Annes;
May 6: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool ;
May 17: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds;
May 19: Opera House, Buxton;
May 20: Town Hall, Birmingham;
May 21: De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill;
May 24: Wyvern Theatre, Swindon;
May 25: Corn Exchange, Exeter;
May 26: Cadogan Hall, London .



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