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 has played recent support slots with Guy Tortora and Kirsten Thien (both from the USA), Mitch Laddie, Ian Siegal, Virgil & The Accelerators, Trevor Sewell & Dave Arcari.

2013 festival gigs included Durham & Cleethorpes Blues Festivals, Maryport, Colne (where he presented The British Blues Awards) & Newark (where he was also main stage MC) and to date in 2014 he has played successful sets at Skegness Rock &Blues Festival on the Introducing Stage and at Hebden Bridge Blues Festival.

Now in his 61st year, Gary has decided it is time to record his solo CD, which should be available at this summer’s gigs. In the meantime he has 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!

And much to his surprise, alongside his nomination for Independent Blues Broadcaster in the 2014 British Blues Awards, Gary has been nominated in the Emerging Artists category too! You can vote for him here.

Video of a recent 30 minute spot: