Live review: Mareel, Shetland Islands (The Shetland Times)

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Peters is renowned as a fantastic songwriter, having penned hits for the likes of Martina McBride, Shania Twain, Etta James and Trisha Yearwood. And oh, did the songwriting shine. Her ballads conjured up images of an America now lost; of working class families, love and loss, heartbreak, and everything in between.

The Grammy-nominated folk/country/Americana star was accompanied by partner Barry Walsh on piano and accordion for a set of beautifully vivid songs. Together they created a very warm stage presence, helped no end by Mareel’s simple yet cosy lighting setup. It was an evening of rich storytelling, with material from her most recent album Blackbird – the title track, a powerful murder ballad co-written with Irish songwriter Ben Glover – as well as songs from a back catalogue that spans some 20 years.

To read this review in its entirety, visit The Shetland News.