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General News · 3rd June 2012
Rick Bockner
Richard Grainger to perform at the Gorge Hall on June 13th.


English songwriter, musician, historian, and performer Richard Grainger will be appearing in concert at the Gorge Hall on Wednesday, June 13th as part of his Spring Canadian tour.

Grainger is well known in the UK, especially in the North of England, for his songs documenting the history of the seaports, the mining and steel works that dominated the economy for many decades, and the lives of the people who have worked and lived in the region. He taps into the great reserve of traditional music that was created to support the working classes- the miners, farmers, sailors, and whalers who lived and struggled to create a more humane society in the face of industrial might.

Richard’s songs have been used in films, television, and recordings. For years he was the organizer of the Captain Cook Festival in Whitby, Yorkshire. His fine singing voice and guitar accompaniment have kept him touring to reach audiences worldwide. Grainger is an eloquent lyricist who catches the essence of life in the Northeast of England. He also, like so many tradition-based musicians, knows how to get people singing.

This is Grainger’s third appearance on Cortes. Please come out and support this fine musician as he returns to our island. Admission is $12 at the door. Snacks and refreshments will be available.