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Gretchen Peters (USA)

Saturday October 26

The Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny is delighted to host a concert by one of Americas finest contemporary singers and songwriters, the Grammy Award nominated, Gretchen Peters on Saturday October 26th at 8pm. Its Gretchen’s second visit to Donegal following a brilliant concert at McGrory’s Culdaff during the 2011 Earagail Arts Festival. Her music falls into the Americana and Alt Country category but the sheer quality of her songwriting, arrangements and exceptional vocals ensure a wider appeal. Her latest album Hello Cruel World has received praise from all sections of the music press on both sides of the Atlantic, with Q Magazine describing it as “an affecting, beautifully measured, very grown-up affair” and Uncut maintaining it “Establishes her as the natural successor to Lucinda Williams”.

Gretchen Peters was born in Bronxville, New York, raised in Boulder Colorado and moved to  Nashville in the  late 1980’s. There, she first came to prominence as a major songwriter, composing hits for both leading country singers like Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless and George Strait and popular and rock singers like Neil Diamond and Bryan Adams. She also won the Country Music Association Song of the Year award for McBride’s “Independent Day”.  Peters has become known as an exceptional performer in her own right over the past twenty years. She has recorded nine studio albums of her own, all of which have received a good deal of acclaim. The title track of her 1996 debut album The Secret of Life was later recorded by Faith Hill. According to Barnes & Noble, “Burnt Toast & Offerings is a fully realized work of art, a wondrous, wrenching personal reflection on love… Deep and deeply beautiful.”

Gretchen Peters’ set at the Regional Cultural Centre will have a particular focus on her highly acclaimed latest album Hello Cruel World, which she describes as her  “most close-to-the-bone work” to date. The subject matter is quite dark but the 11 songs are framed in beautiful melodies and deliciously textured arrangements. According to the Financial Times “The music has the sweet ache of 1970s Tom Waits, while the lyrics pack an extraordinary amount of story-telling into five minutes.” While the London Times said she “Has mastered (the craft) so completely, she can do anything she likes.”

 

 

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