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TFMC Presents Geoff Grainger


Sat 10 May 2014, 8:00pm–11:00pm

Where: Titirangi Beach Hall, 1 Aydon Road, Titirangi, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $8.00
  • Under 18s: $0.00 ($0.00)
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: TFMC

Born in Worcester, England, described himself as an English Vegesacker (a district in Bremen) having been resident in Germany for almost forty years. His repertoire covers all manner of American, Australian, British, Low German (Plattdeutsch), pub, music hall, folk and sea songs as well as gospels and spirituals.

He is an enthusiastic and rabid folk song collector. Being an ex Royal Navy Petty Officer, he learned to "sing" in various naval messes and naval canteens around the world, and was, after a very late start, a founder member of the Idle Fellows, an Anglo-German folk group which sang around Bremen for about 12 years. After a brief spell with Brian Kelly, a Liverpudlian Bremer and erstwhile member of the Idle Fellows from whom he learned so much, he turned solo in 1993. Solo recordings, vocal accompanied by concertina, marking that period were made in 1998 and 2000 and were entitled "Ditty Box", "Mostly at Sea", "In't Praties" and "Manifold Love". He was active as a solo street/pub singer and a member of many choirs and music groups in Bremen until he left Germany in 2011.

Geoff left Germany to study Geordie and Northumbrian music in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where he now resides. Here he is surrounded by folk legends past and present and sings regularly at the legendary Bridge Folk Club, The Cumberland Arms, as well as many other venues throughout North England. He also travels widely through England, Ireland, Germany and Poland enjoying meeting musical friends on and off stage.

During his tour of New Zealand Geoff hopes to make a lot of new friends while travelling from folk club to folk club, maybe to learn a little Maori singing and to introduce New Zealanders, old and young, to the world of shape note singing; a world of weird and wonderful harmonies where all are welcome, no experience is necessary. A full-voiced form of harmony singing - it's been called, "intense and striking", "like a cross between Gregorian chanting and bluegrass" and "fiercely beautiful".

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