THE Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny will host a concert by one of America’s finest contemporary singers and songwriters, the Grammy Award nominated, Gretchen Peters on Saturday October 26th at 8pm.
This is Gretchen’s second visit to Donegal following a brilliant concert at McGrory’s of Culdaff during the 2011 Earagail Arts Festival. Her music falls into the Americanna and Alt Country category but the sheer quality of her songwiting, 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”.
Tickets for Gretchen Peters priced €12 and €10 concession can be booked through the An Grianan Theatre Box Office on 074 91 20777.
Gretchen Peters was born in Bronxville, New York, raised in Boulder Colorado and moved to Nashvillein the late 1980s. 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”.
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.”
Gretchen Peters on Sunday October 26th is the third in a series of great international concerts at the Regional Cultural Centre .