Richard Grainger - The Crown Blues and Acoustic Club
The Crown Blues and Acoustic Club in Darwen has a very special night on Sunday October 12th, with the visit of Richard Grainger, one of the most prolific and diverse artists on the folk scene today.
Many of his songs are already performed widely by artists including The Wilson Family, Flossie Malavialle, GU4, John Morris, Dick Miles, Monkeys Fist and Kimbers Men.
After touring in his native north east, Grainger was invited to join the popular Teesside Fettlers Folk Group in 1981, following in the footsteps of Vin Garbutt, and his mentor Ron Angel. His first solo album, Herbs on the Heart was released in 1984 receiving enthusiastic reviews – some comparing him to Nic Jones and Martin Carthy.
Before long, he was touring throughout the UK at folk clubs and major festivals and was regularly heard live on BBC’s Folk Show on Radio 2.
During the 1990s Grainger performed with well known folk musician Dick Miles which resulted in a duo album, Home Routes. Later on he collaborated with accordionist Chris Parkinson on 1994's Thunderwood.
In recent years he has written a number of musical plays. Amongst these is The Journey Home – a rewrite of Homer’s Odyssey, which premiered in Sicily at The University of Catania, in 2003. That was preceded by Eye of the Wind telling the tale of renowned explorer James Cook. The play was produced for radio by the BBC with David Attenborough narrating.
Grainger's 11th album War Horse, was released in January 2008 and described by folkradio.co.uk as: “a classic folk album that will stand the test of time”. A new release Hard Road is due shortly.
Richard Grainger appears at The Crown Blues and Acoustic Club on 12th October at 9 pm. Admission is free. The club is hosted by Craig Priestley at The Crown Pub – an excellent small music venue which is at 24 Redearth Road, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 2AB