Before punk, folk music was the DIY genre par excellence and one of the only ways for common people to sing their individual and collective stories, joys and heartbreaks. Because of its accessibility, it was also the perfect vehicle to spread radical politics and entice the masses to stand their ground.
Grace Petrie brings that spirit back, drags it away from its darkest corners and invites it to dance along with the times. Queer as Folk is her ultimate labour of love, over a decade in the making, backed up by fans from all over the world. She sings about the NHS, the downfall of Cool Britannia, queerness, welfare and growing up.
Folk music today might be seen as a genre for drunk old men singing shanties in a mouldy pub by the seaside, or by second-generation feminists with hyphenated surnames and buy-to-let properties who listen to Women’s Hour. From her position of relative power as a new music icon, Petrie dusts off the cobwebs and is outspoken against transphobia and bigotry to the point that it costs her many of these stereotypical listeners but also earns her several more who are infinitely thankful.
Queer as Folk is produced by Matthew Daly from Maybeshewill and mixed by Neil Ferguson from No Masters Records and Chumbawamba, featuring talent such as Miranda Sykes, Nancy Kerr and JigDoll’s Hannah James. This album is proof for present and future generations that we’re trying, surviving.