b. 21 May 1949, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, England. Grainger first played in folk clubs in Teesside at 17 years of age, accompanying himself on guitar. Having worked with several groups, including the Teesside Fettlers, Grainger has written a number of songs that have become well known on the folk circuit. His songs reflect many of the social problems that have beset the north-east of England. Based in Whitby, North Yorkshire, he travels the UK regularly, working at folk clubs and festivals alike, combining musical talent and dry north-east humour. His recording debut in 1984 was well received, and he continues to produce quality songs. Herbs On The Heart contained a number of Grainger originals, including ‘Whitby Whaler’. As a contemporary songwriter, Richard still has a strong feel for traditional song, and this is evident on ‘Teeside And Yorkshire’. ‘Give Me A Job’, from 1989’s Darklands deals with the problem of unemployment, especially prevalent in his region.
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