Richard Grainger and Chris Parkinson ENGLISH ROOTS
Richard Grainger and Chris Parkinson bring you their own unique take on their ENGLISH ROOTS. Yorkshire born Grainger and Lancashire born Parky have been playing together since the 1990’s although they both made their mark much earlier in different ways.
Richard , born of a musical family served his time in Teesside Folk Clubs joining the Fettlers in 1986 before launching a solo career which has taken him round the world and produced 11 albums of original and traditional songs. He is a fine guitarist and now regarded by many, as Teesside and North Yorkshire’s best living folk -songwriter.
‘Parky’ came into the folk scene joining Yorkshire Relish with Derek & Dorothy Elliot and family. He has since worked with Richard and many other gifted players including John Kirkpatrick, Martin Carthy, Ralph McTell and The Eliza Carthy Band but, is perhaps best known as the co founder of the popular House Band. Regarded as one of the best accordion players ‘in the world’.
Richard and Chris first recorded together in 1994 on the album ‘Thunderwood’ and can be heard on a new album due for release this summer.
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Richard Grainger & Chris Parkinson In Concert. A Review.
The evening of Thursday April 26th saw a superb concert in St. Mary’s Church, Brixton. In one of a series of events entitled “Brixton Folk”, Richard Grainger and Chris Parkinson gave a performance to sit in the memory and be a comfort in far off bleak days.
Richard’s rich and warm voice was really at home in the superb acoustics of this fine old building; and the accompaniments from his guitar and a range of squeeze-boxes from Chris felt totally a part of the age-old tradition of making music in English churches. Some of the songs came from the seemingly endless canon that the Folk tradition exhibits; but the passion and expression in Richard’s singing really came to the fore-front when he was performing selections from his own pen. At these moments, it was obvious how close Richard is to all the colourful past and present of the places around his home. He touched on the lives of the working man; he delved into story and myth; and he made the audience appreciate the sort of skills in song-writing that most of us can only dream of.
Chris was simply marvellous; his beautiful playing was full of grace and subtlety, never dominating, but always there to add a wisp of nostalgia or a hint of force that gave the lyrics even more momentum. When they played a selection of tunes, several sets of feet could not keep still, for the delicious rhythms they created were really infectious.
Here are two men at the top of the performance tree. If you get a chance to see this great duo, seize it with both hands. They show how live music is one the absolute essentials of English life.
Graham Searle ... Brixton Concert,Plymouth,Devon 2012.