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Bent Horseshoe - Richard Grainger

Bent Horseshoe - Richard Grainger

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  • Sat 29 Sep ’18, 7:30pm


Hokowhitu Bowling Club, 279 Albert Street, Hokowhitu, Palmerston North


All Ages

With fourteen albums and several musical plays to his name, Richard Grainger is a prolific and widely respected songwriter and musician who has been performing on the British Folk Scene since the 1980's.

Born in Middlesbrough, an industrial town on the North East coast of England, Richard was brought up in a musical family, first playing in Teesside folk clubs at 17 years of age.

Having worked with several groups, including the Teesside Fettlers, Richard has written a great number of songs that have become well known on the British folk circuit. As a contemporary songwriter, Richard still has a strong feel for traditional song, his songs reflecting the lives and times of the people from North-East England.

Richard travels the UK regularly, working at folk clubs and festivals alike, combining musical talent and dry north-east humour. Richard is organiser and artistic director for The Great North Folk Festival and is forever enthusiastically rallying musicians and running community events and concerts.

Richard has written and produced several musical plays. The arrival of the Australian built ‘Endeavour‘ replica in Whitby 1997 was the inspiration for his folk-rock opera 'Eye of the Wind' telling the tale of the world renowned explorer Captain James Cook.

When the Endeavour returned from Australia in 2003, 'Eye of the Wind'was recorded by the BBC with narration by Sir David Attenborough and broadcastthe day the vessel sailed up the River Tees to Middlesbrough, close to Cook's birthplace. In July this year a special production of 'Eye of the Wind' was held in Whitby for the 250th anniversary of Cooks most famous journey in 1768.

Touring extensively over 30 years including the UK, Europe, USA and Canada. Make sure you come along to see this genuine folk legend while he's here!

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