Alice Peacock



Biography

Alice Peacock grew up in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. Her grandmother, Grita Albrecht Gnass, had been a cabaret star and composer in Berlin before the Second World War. Her grandfather, Fritz Gnass, was a miner-turned-actor who appeared in Fritz Lang’s classic film, “M,” and was part of Bertold Brecht’s fabled Berliner Ensemble. Peacock majored in theater at Lawrence College in Appleton, WI, and moved to Los Angeles after college, eventually ending up in Chicago and becoming part of the folk scene at the Old Town School of Folk Music. “Part of the beauty of music, and what drew me to it,” she says, “is the connection it creates between singer and audience. You can’t be on stage just doing your own thing at these folk clubs. There’s no fourth wall to hide behind, you have to relate, draw people in. The audience is part of it with you, part of the show, and you can’t do it without them. I just love that about the folk world, because for me, that’s what music is all about – the connection, the interplay.”
Alice Peacock