Grace Hartrey

The young Welsh songstress has received increasingly positive reviews having played big venues such as the Wales Millennium Centre and London’s O2 Academy. Now it is her time to break through to the Liverpool music scene and delight the city with her mix of folky and experimental music.

With help from Jessie Whitehead on violin and backing vocals, Lewis Allen on bass, Richard Welsby on drums, and Jorunn Sundet on piano and backing vocals, Grace has managed to propel her unique vocals to create a striking ensemble. The recently released EP is full of poise and enthusiasm that will no doubt take the band far in the musical world.

Grace Hartrey EP

In opening song ‘Kings & Queens’, Grace’s vocals switch between soulful moments and jumpy reciprocations to the instrumentals. The song is lively and fast paced making the most of an unusual mix of strings. As such it pushes the boundaries of folk music, showcasing Grace’s impressive singing talents.

‘Hazel Grows’ is a lot more subdued, concentrating more on Grace’s soft voice and vocal capacities. The song is captivating due to Grace’s evocative tones, leading the listener to question more about the lyrics. It captures the essence of nature and folk by experimenting with a range of instrumentals from strings, keys and drums, to backing sounds such as birdsong.

After the EP’s release gig at Camp and Furnace at the start of the month, Grace and her backing artists will be playing at The Baltic Social on 23rd October. To stay updated follow Grace’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, and listen to the songs through Soundcloud.

Tilly Martin