Photo by Tony Winfield
Gary Grainger
An eclectic mix of Acoustic Blues & Americana

Many people know Gary Grainger as the 2012 British Blues Award winning host of The Blues Show on BishopFM (

Even more people confuse him with the Gary Grainger who played guitar with Rod Stewart (no, he isn’t that Gary Grainger)

Gary’s musical apprenticeship began in the working men’s clubs of the North East of England in the early seventies, where, among other stories too wild to tell here, he supported Bill Haley & The Comets. 
At the same time a revolution was happening in his head – he’d listened to radio shows by Mike Raven, Alexis Korner & John Peel – and he heard THE BLUES.

Since that time the blues has been a strong influence on everything Gary has played – one Country & Western Band leader told Gary: “Stop Playing The Blues – or go join a Blues Band” – advice which Gary promptly followed.

But it has always been acoustic music in general, and the Blues in particular, that have held their place in Gary’s heart and he currently presents an eclectic mix of Blues and Americana at pubs, clubs and festivals around the UK.

Gary’s current acoustic set includes a mixture of traditional & modern blues tunes, featuring Gary’s lived-in voice & dextrous fingerpicking & slide guitar. Gary’s set also includes songs not so much from left field, rather from the West Coast – of the USA. Gary features songs by bands such as Little Feat, Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers - & ZZ Top!

In 2012, Gary headlined the Acoustic Stage at Durham Blues Festival when he played guitar for Jo Harman, and he has played support slots with Guy Tortora and Kirsten Thien (both from the USA), Mitch LaddieIan Siegal, Virgil & The AcceleratorsTrevor Sewell & Dave Arcari, Eric Bell, John Verity Band & many more.

Festival gigs over the last 2 or 3 years have included multiple appearances at Durham & Cleethorpes Blues Festivals, Maryport, Hebden Bridge Blues Festival, Great British R&B Festival Colne,  (where he presented The British Blues Awards) & Newark Blues Festival (where Gary is also main stage MC)

In 2012 Gary recorded a demo CD, “First Takes & Mistakes”, which was recorded in one take (with a few overdubs) after a long hot day in the allotment! This achieved international radio play, much top Gary’s surprise!

In August 2016, Gary was asked to play at The Brooklyn Bowl in London, and the gig was recorded and mastered, and is available as Gary’s second CD “Live At Brooklyn Bowl”. Video is available of Gary’s set too.

Video of a 30 minute spot: