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Biography

Richard Grainger

 

 

Richard Grainger is a prolific and diverse artist, songwriter and musician who has been performing on the British Folk Scene since the 1980's.

30 years have elapsed since he made his first recording and this was celebrated in his 30th Anniversary Concert in Middlesbrough Town Hall in 2015.On stage with Richard were Dick Miles,Chris Parkinson, Flossie Malavialle, Steve Dawes & Helen Pitt, Graham Brotton and The Wilson Family.

'Widely respected songwriter and guitarist with a clear and 'captivating' vocal style'. His songs are performed widely by artists including The Teesside Fettlers, Baldricks Plan,The Wilson Family, Flossie Malavialle, GU4, John Morris, Dick Miles, Monkeys Fist , KImbers Men, Derek Gifford and many more...

Born in Middlesbrough, an industrial town on the North East coast of England, he was brought up in a musical family, and sang with them from a very young age. He now resides in Whitby, North Yorkshire.

From his early days,Richard toured the north east folk clubs and was invited to join the popular Teesside Fettlers Folk Group in1981. He followed in the footsteps of Vin Garbutt , and his 'mentor' Ron Angel. Richards songs achieved wider recognition in the process.

In 1984 his first solo album was released by FELLSIDE. Produced by Paul Adams, it received great reviews – some comparing him to the ‘incomparable’ Nic Jones and Martin Carthy.
Before long, Richard was touring throughout the UK at folk clubs and major festivals and was regularly heard ‘live’ and on record on BBC’s Folk Show on Radio 2.

During the 1990’s Richard performed with folk singer and concertina player Dick Miles which resulted in a duo album on BREWHOUSE titled 'Home Routes'. Later on he teamed up with accordion 'sultan', Chris Parkinson. The musical partnership with Chris produced some of his best songs recorded on the 1994 Folksound album 'Thunderwood' . Grainger & Parky are enjoying a revival since their reunion in 2008.

Since 1995 Richard has been filling the role of artistic director to several festivals and has worked as a consultant to local authorities and arts organisations to help develop new events.

In recent years he has added several musical plays to his repertoire. Among the most notable of these is ‘The Journey Home’ – an adaptation of Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, which was premiered in Sicily at The University of Catania, in 2003. That was preceded by the folk-opera 'Eye of the Wind' telling the tale of the world renowned explorer Capt.James Cook. The play was also produced for radio by the BBC with Sir David Attenborough narrating.

'The Moorland Whalers’, was inspired by his long association with the Yorkshire Coast town of Whitby and a project with The Ryedale Folk Museum in North Yorkshire . It tells the story of The Yorkshire Whaling Industry through the eyes of a young man who left his farm in Bilsdale, tramping over the  moor to Whitby where he was 'lucky' to be signed on for his first voyage aboard a Whitby Whaler.

Richard produces 'WASSAIL', an annual show featuring many voices from  the local and national folk scene performing traditional and contemporary Christmas Songs and Poems, Drama and Dance.

His 11th album ‘WAR HORSE’ (no relation to the musical of the same name) released in January 2008 was described by folkradio.co.uk as: “a classic folk album that will stand the test of time”.

Richards latest theatre project is 'STORMBOUND' telling the dramatic story of the "Rohilla" Disaster in Whitby in November 1914. Written to commemorate the disaster and performed in Whitby to a capacity crowd one hundred years to the day on November 1st 2014.

The current project 'Flithers & Swill" focusing on the unique dialect of the Yorkshire Coast village of Staithes is nearing completion.

Richards new 'studio' album titled 'Hard Road To Prospect Hill' was released at the end of 2015. It has been well received and you can read some of the reviews on the website.

 

 

 

Festival appearances in UK and abroad include the following

Alkantara Festival (Sicily) - Alcester Folk Festival - BAA Fest - Banbury Folk Festival - Bei Daip ( Holland) - Bedworth Folk Festival - Birmingham Folk Festival - Bremen Vegesack - Broadstairs Folk Week - Bromyard Folk Festival - Captain Cook Festival - Chippenham Folk Festival - Coniston Folk Festival- Dadizelle Festival (Belgium) - Deal Maritime Folk Festival - Deventer River Festival (Holland) - Dranouter International Festival (Belgium) - Edale Folk Festival - Edinburgh Festival Fringe - Ely Folk Festival - Endeavour Festival -Fastnet Maritime & Folk Festival (EIR) - Festival Fagot (Belgium) - Festival Do Fado (Portugal)- Festival Of The North East - Festival Of Yorkshire - Festival On The Moor - Filburg Festival ( Canada) - Filey Folk Festival - Fleetwood Folk & Blues Weekend- FolkEast - Four Fools Folk Festival - Fylde Folk Festival - Great North Folk Festival- Hartlepool Marina Festival - Headland Folk Weekend - Holmfirth Folk Festival - Hull Shanty Festival - International Festival Of The Sea - Islands Folk Festival ( Canada) - Kendal Folk Festival - Langesund Shanty Festival ( Norway)- Lancaster Maritime Festival - Lancaster Music Festival - Liverpool Shanty Festival - Lowestoft Winter Warmer Folk Weekend - Luton Folk Festival - Meltin Folk Festival ( Sicily)- Middlesbrough Mela - MIll Race Folk Festival ( Canada) - Mystic Seaport Festival (USA) - Oakland Bay Festival (USA) - Port Dover Maritime Festival (Canada) - Partick Folk Festival - Poynton Folk Festival - Priddy Folk Festival - Rochester Sweeps Festival - Roots North - Saltburn Folk Festival - San Francisco Maritime Festival (USA) - Scarborough Seafest - Sea Ilfracombe - Sheffield Sessions Folk Festival - Sidmouth International Festival -Stainsby Folk Festival - Staithes Festival Of Arts & Heritage - Swansea Maritime Festival - Swinton Folk Festival - Tenterden Folk Festival- Upton On Severn Folk Festival - Vancouver Festival Of The Environment (Canada) -Warwick Folk Festival - Wath Folk Festival - Whitby Folk Week - Whitby Sea Festival - Whitchurch Folk Festival - Withernsea Pirate Festival - Woolpack Folk Festival.

 

Whats been said ' a brilliant performance at Folk Threads, Manchester' - Alice Bester 'Folk Threads'

'' he makes the audience appreciate the sort of skills in song-writing that most of us can only dream of ' G.Searle-Devon'

 

 

For more information email richardgrainger@gmx.co.uk



 

On Tour

  • February 1, 2018
    The Hildyard, Patrington, East Yorkshire
     

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