January 2006

Richard teams up with Yorkshires renowned piper Becky Taylor ( for a short tour in March 2006. They will play two dates in Sicily . The Cripta of the Medieval Convent del Carmine in Scicli will be one of the great settings for one of their concerts on March 12th. Check out this link.
Richard and Becky have blended trad & original songs and a unique guitar style with the evocative sound of the Irish and Northumbrian Pipes, Whistle and fiddle.
Limited dates may be available for festivals and clubs in the UK later in the year.
They first worked together in the foundation of Richards electric band which made its debut at last years Festival on the Moor in North Yorkshire, England.

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July 2005

Richard appears on a new double CD by TV historian John Grundy. Entitled 'Middlesbrough - a most unusual town' ( Beautiful North Productions), it contains the following of Richards songs:
'Middlesbrough - The Klondike Song', 'Blakes Endeavour', 'Teesside & Yorkshire' and 'One People'. There is also an interview with Richard and one song each from Vin Garbutt and The Fettlers.

US West Coast Musicians 'Peter Kasin and Richard Adrianowicz have released a new CD 'Boldly from the Westward' which includes Richards Song 'Scarborough Fishermen ' Peter Kasin has quoted 'It is one of my all time favouite songs'. You can get more information on the CD from

Richard will play a concert at the famous Hyde Street Pier Maritime Museum Concert Series in San Francisco on October 15th 2005.

Richard will feature in YTV/TTT/ITV 'Dales Diary' on July 14th at 7.30 pm and will be seen singning one of the songs from his latest album 'On Heather and Clarty Moor'. The song 'Mary of the Dale' was recorded 'live' in his own front room!

January 2005

Following the Christmas Holiday and in the wake of the well received performance of ‘Lastingham Wassail', Richard returns to the road in 2005 with dates in Sicily and Ireland in January.

The first half of this year will see the long awaited publication of Richards Songbook.

There are plans for recording a new solo CD with a return to the tradition, and a sea song album featuring ‘The Endeavour Shantymen' as part of the Sea Britain 2005 celebrations.

Happy New Year!!

July 30th 2004

'Eye of the Wind'(KCD002) now available from The National Maritime Museum, London.

Klondike Records have received their first order from The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Visitors to the Museum will now be able to purchase a copy of the CD 'Eye of the Wind' from the Museum Shop. It can also be purchased 'on line'.

The CD was released early in 2004. The 'Eye of the Wind' Folk Opera telling the tale of James Cook and his first fantastic voyage on board 'Endeavour', specially re-written for Radio and Audio Production in 2003 uses original songs and poems and tunes by Richard Grainger and extensive traditional material, sea shanties and songs with a narrative expertly delivered by Sir David Attenborough. It is beautifully packaged with a 24 page booklet containing all the song lyrics, the script and fine illustrations. The sleeve was designed by recent Award Winners, Bombshell of MIddlesbrough.

July 21st 2004

'On Heather and Clarty Moor' KCD 003 Launched

The New CD of songs and tunes 'from the heart of the North York Moors' was appropriately launched at a concert in Commondale Village Hall. On Stage with Richard Grainger were singers Flossie Malavialle , Steve Dawes , Helen Pitt, John and Joy Rennie and musician Moira Clarke. Concert Guests included Mike Pratt, Head of Information from the North York Moors National Park who introduced the CD and how it came to be sponsored by The NYMNP. Pete and Karen Bell of the Cultural Foundation and a surprise guest - Lord Gisborough were among the audience. A great mixture of folk from home and away made a great start for the CD's career.

July 3rd 2004

Richard Grainger to appear on YTV's 'Dales Diary'

Richard spent a day with Yorkshire/Tyne Tees Television at The Old Post Office, Commondale filming a piece for the popular TV series 'Dales Diary'.

He is interviewed by the well known TV personality Luke Casey and 'on location' around the village of Commondale. The film concentrates on Richards long standing connection with Commondale and the North York Moors where he has lived for the last few years. There is also film of Richard performing the song 'Mary of the Dale' written by him during the first few weeks of his settling here. The programme, due to be screened in the early part of 2005, will be available on English ITV and the SKY Travel Channel.

July 1st 2004

Richard Grainger appears on 'Seafest' Video/DVD

The song 'Scarborough Fishermen', one of Richard Graingers best known songs is used in the opening sequence of a new film produced by Geoff Jefferson of Scarborough. The film focuses on the Seafest which is held each July in Scarborough with a host of folk, maritime and music from many other genres.

He is also filmed singing a couple of Shanties with The Endeavour Shantymen. On the same film are a host of artistes appearing at the 2003 and 2004 events including Nicky Mitchell, Ian McNicol, Stormalong John, Tom & Barbara Brown and Rachel and Becky Unthank. There is also a short extract from a performance by Waterson Carthy.

The film made for festival goers and sponsors alike may, it is hoped, be available shortly by Mail Order from Klondike Records.

Plans are in hand to produce a new film drawing extensively from Richard Graingers repertoire and focusing on the region of North East England of which he has written so much in the last 20 years.

June 2004

National Parks' Week 1-9th July 2004

A CD commissioned by The National Park Authority, will be released in National Parks Week. The album, titled 'On Heather and Clarty Moor' by folk singer Richard Grainger, will celebrate the unique culture and environment of the North York Moors through Richards original songs and authentic moorland traditional material.

Richard will appear on July 3rd from 6 pm accompanied by some of the musicians from the new album, at its launch during the 'Beacon on the Bank' celebration at Sutton Bank near Thirsk, North Yorks.

Richard is backed up by an array of fine artistes including Flossie (vocal), Ron Angel (vocal/whistle), Steve Dawes ( mandolin /accordeon and vocal) and Helen Pitt (vocal, John and Joy Rennie( vocal and keyboard), Tricia Lucas (fiddle) and Moira Clark(melodeon), Andy Monaghan(vocal) and a newcomer, 16 yr old Rachael Thompson from Commondale. Songs include Willy went to Westerdale, Darklands, Ghost of Old Solem, The Cleveland Lyke Wake Dirge, Mary of the Dale. Final details will be released in two weeks time.

May 2004

Sir David Attenborough and Folk Singer Richard Grainger pay tribute to Yorkshire's famous son.

English folk singer and songwriter , Richard Grainger is to publish his own tribute to James Cook later this month.

His new CD- the Folk Opera ‘Eye of the Wind’ ( KCD002) tells the tale of Cook’s first voyage of discovery on board ‘Endeavour’ with all the drama, sounds of the sea, songs, shanties , extracts from Cooks Logs, Poetry and a narrative spoken by non other than Sir David Attenborough.

‘We were fortunate to attract Sir David. Obviously he is a major figure and somebody of considerable popularity and professionalism’. RG

The new CD features, not only Richard Grainger in fine form leading the music, but an array of folk talent including former Teesside Fettler Ron Angel and the versatile duo, John and Joy Rennie. Also featured are the ‘Endeavour Shantymen’ ( founded by Grainger in 1997) and Olivia Rennie, who is a particularly fine didgeridoo player. Cris Yelland (Lecturer in English at the University of Teesside) is a powerful interpreter of Graingers poetical works.

The CD was produced by Richard Grainger and Ken Snowdon at BBC Radio Cleveland studios during October of 2003. It is accompanied by a 16 page full colour booklet with song lyrics and the entire narrative. Cook expert Doug Worton supplied much of the original authoritative text.

Middlesbrough based graphic designers ‘Bombshell’ have done a great job in layout and design while some finishing touches were made to the CD by Lorne Street Studio.'I am delighted that we have been able to display such an array of talent from Teesside- proving that we are on the cutting edge of this business – a few years ago we would have had an album like this produced in London’ RG

Klondike Records has generously agreed to donate £1 to The Captain Cook Trust from the proceeds of each album sold.

A must not only for folk fans but anyone interested in James Cook or simply a good tale, well told….

November 2003

David Attenbourgh Narrates Richard’s ‘Eye of the Wind’

The folk opera written back in 1997 by Richard Grainger has been receiving some acclaim lately. Adapted for radio by BBC Radio Cleveland a 55 min version has been broadcast utilizing the magnificent narration of David Attenbourgh. This was to celebrate the 275th birthday of the famous navigator and scientist plus the visit of ‘Endeavour’ made to Middlesbrough in October/November.

A Stage version was performed at Middlesbrough Theatre on October 21st and was received very well by the audience.

Now Sir David has agreed to have his recorded narrative used in the CD release. The CD release date is Feb 14 2004.

The work also utilizes the voices of Ron Angel, Richard Grainger, The Endeavour Shantymen,Cris Yelland, Liv Rennie and more.

Two more theatre performances are being planned for next year to coincide with ‘HM Bark Endeavour’ visit to Whitby.

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