Geoff Grainger (1941-)
Last updated: 08.02.22
grainger_mp3.jpgPub singer, folk and street musician of the old school. Born in Worcester, England in 1941, he describes himself as an English Vegesacker having been resident in Germany for almost thirty 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. Having learned to "sing" in various naval messes and canteens around the world, he 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.
Geoff. Grainger, "Pub Singer", Volksmusiker und Straßenmusikant der alten Schule. Geburtiger Englander, über ein viertel Jahrhundert in Deutschland, nennt sich als "englischer Vegesacker". Aufgewachsen im tiefsten Provinz auf der Grenze zur Wales ohne Radio und ohne Fernsehen. Seine Volksmusik, stammend aus dem Schoß einer Großfamilie und vollendet durch 12 Dienstjahren im Dienst Ihrer Magistät bei der Royal Navy, ist echt Steinzeit, sehr kräftige Stimme, kommt ohne jegliche electronische Schnick-Schnack aus, ein "One-Man Dubliner", hat nie von U2 gehört. Sein Konzertina-Spiel ist einmalig. Immer für eine Überraschung gut, oft weißt er selbst nicht was am nächsten kommt. Er findet es toll wenn das Publikum beim Singen und Tanzen mitmacht. Ein leidenschaftlicher und unermüdlicher Sammler von Volkslieder, in seiner Repertoire sind u.a. Volkslieder (aus England, Schottland, Irland, Wales, USA, Australien, Neuseeland), "Pub and Music Hall"-Lieder aus England, Seemannslieder und Spirituals zu finden. Man findet ihn auf der Straße, in Pubs und Kneipen, beim Volkfestivals und "sehr ab und zu" auf der Konzertbühne. Er ist nicht zu überhören, von Hintergrundmusik hat er nie was verstanden.
  Title Composer Instruments Remarks
         
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audiodbemp315.gif Adam Buckham Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif All Around my Hat Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Baker of Colebrook, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Banks of the Nile, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Bard of Armagh, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Ballad of Bethnal Green, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Between Me and You Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Blow the Man Down Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Blow the Wind Southerly Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Bobby Shaftoe Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Bungle Rye Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Calton Weaver (Nancy Whisky), The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Convict of Clonmel, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Cobbler, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Come to my window Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif  Cruel Mother, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Cliffs of Doneen Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Eileen Aroon Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Fields of Athenry, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Fire Down Below Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Newcombe Gauger, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Golden Wheat, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Hine e hine (Maori Lullaby) Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Holy Ground, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Hullabaloo Belay Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Jehann Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Kerry Dances, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Dat du mien Leefsten büst Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Lovers' Tasks, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Matty Groves Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif  Johnny McEldoo Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Johnstone's Motor Car Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Murder of Maria Marten, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif My daddy is dead Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif I whipped my horse Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif With me Navvy Boots On Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Never Wed an Old Man Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif When it's Night Time in Italy Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Nora Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Off to Sea Once More Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Oh, no, John! Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Old Woman Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Ould Triangle, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Parting Glass, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Raglan Road Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Bound for the Rio Grande Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif  Rosin the Bow Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Johnny is a Roving Blade Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Sally Brown Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Salma-Oh Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Shores of Amerikay, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Short Song, A Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Spinning Wheel, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Stuttering Lovers, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Suddenly afraid Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Trees They Do Grow High, The Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Whaling in Greenland Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif William Brown Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Yellow Girls Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Show Me The Way To Go Home J. Campbell Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Fiddler's Green J. Conolly Voice, Concertina
audiodbemp315.gif Sweet Thames flow softly Ewan MacColl Voice, Concertina
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cd15.gif  Ditty Box   dbe15.gif
cd15.gif  In t' Praties   dbe15.gif
cd15.gif  Manifold Love   flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif dbe15.gif
cd15.gif  Mostly at Sea   dbe15.gif
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
           
pdf15.gif Keep That Wheel A-Turning (1927) A.T. Hagg (words & music) Score, Voice York Garl.
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youtube15.jpg Geoff Grainger at The Bridge - Navvy Boots (Trad) (1:35) Geoff Grainger at The Bridge - Navvy Boots (Trad)
youtube15.jpg Geoff Grainger at The Bridge - The Baker of Colebrook (Trad) (2:02) Geoff Grainger at The Bridge - The Baker of Colebrook (Trad)
youtube15.jpg Geoff sings with concertina (4:43) Geoff sings with concertina
youtube15.jpg PLSCH2013 - Saturday - 339 When I Am Gone . (2:33) 339 When I Am Gone
youtube15.jpg PLSHC2013 - Saturday - 49t Old Hundred (1:33) 49t Old Hundred
youtube15.jpg PLSHC2013 - Sunday - 40 Lenox (1:54) 40 Lenox
youtube15.jpg PLSHC2013 - Sunday - 89 The Church's Desolation (2:27) 89 The Church's Desolation
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 156 Jesus Rose (3:03) 156 Jesus Rose
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 156 Jesus Rose (3:16) 156 Jesus Rose
youtube15.jpg  Sacred Harp 163b China (2:31) 163b China
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 178 Africa (Callback) (2:15) 178 Africa
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 313b Cobb (1:54) 313b Cobb
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 313b Cobb (1:51) 313b Cobb
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 503 Lloyd (2:15) 503 Lloyd
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 503 Lloyd (1:41) 503 Lloyd
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 503 Lloyd (2:14) 503 Lloyd
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 523 Pleyel's Hymn (Second) (2:17) 523 Pleyel's Hymn
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 523 Pleyel's Hymn (Second) (2:34) 523 Pleyel's Hymn
youtube15.jpg Sacred Harp 535 Shawmut (2:16) 535 Shawmut
youtube15.jpg  Sacred Harp 566 Hebron (2:22) 566 Hebron