A Touch on the Times @ Kings Place, London [18 March]

A Touch on the Times

19:30 - 22:30

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Kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG London, United Kingdom
Peggy Seeger, Roy Bailey, Ewan McLennan and Grace Petrie

These four exceptional singers come together to share their unique takes on how traditional and contemporary song reflects on the times, past and present. They each perform and/or write songs of social change, offering a view of social history through the filter of song.

For over 50 years, Roy Bailey has been one of the UK folk and acoustic scene’s most loved and admired performers. From his early days performing skiffle in student union bars, to his love of traditional songs and the stories they tell, onto developing a unique repertoire of songs of dissent and hope, he has conveyed his powerful message on stages all over the world.

Folk singer, song-maker and activist Peggy Seeger is a complete one-off. A key member of the galvanising North American musical Seeger family, Peggy is a singer of traditional Anglo-American songs, a multi-instrumentalist and activist song-maker. She plays six instruments: piano, guitar, 5-string banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, autoharp and English concertina and has recorded 23 solo albums and participated directly in more than a hundred others!

Ewan McLennan is a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style, for whom social justice is a burning issue. He is also known as a guitarist at the forefront of his generation. Ewan’s most recent project, Breaking the Spell of Loneliness, was a collaborative tour and album with renowned author and journalist George Monbiot, seeking to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness and community.

Grace Petrie is a powerful new politically-focused songwriting voice and activist. Her songs provide a soundtrack to the modern struggle, with politics and with love, that will resonate with listeners everywhere.
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