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Mitch Grainger in Concert at Hotel Blue

Source: Fusion Boutique
Archived 4 Jan 2016 - Posted: 8 Nov 2015
US-based Mitch Grainger returns to Australia in 2015, on tour to follow up his award winning album ‘The Blues’.

Master Blues harpist, singer and guitarist, Mitch Grainger first cut his teeth with Harry Vanda, Alex Lloyd, Bondi Cigars and Papa Lips before re-locating stateside, where he plays harp on sessions from LA to Nashville.

In this hi-tech world Grainger is now collaborating with artists from Hollywood to Botswana, while teaching people round the globe and from all walks of life how to play their first ever note on the blues harp, through his wildly successful YouTube channel.

Discovered by Malcolm Young of AC/DC at age 16 and later trained in the Alberts' production tradition by Harry Vanda, Mitch Grainger is one of Australia’s most talented and experienced Blues and Roots musicians, producers and performers.

After taking up the harmonica at age 14 inspired by a dream, Grainger was introduced to Little Walter and within 6 months was performing Blues 'n' Roots music 3 nights a week across Inner Sydney on both the Guitar and Harmonica in The Beefs with Australian soon to be pop star Alex Lloyd.

After The Beefs disbanded (despite much industry attention) Grainger was recruited by the Bondi Cigars in 1992 and put to work playing hard hitting blues guitar and harmonica across the length and breadth of Australia’s states and territories, from Broome to Launceston.

This was a formative period in Grainger's life, what he calls his "university degree in rock n roll". He lived almost constantly on the road, in a new town, playing in front of a new crowd.

In 1994 after 2 years and one Album (After Closing Time), Grainger left the Bondi Cigars and formed Papa Lips with his sister Kara Grainger, and fellow musicians Declan Kelly, Rowan Lane, Danny Guerrero and Clayton Doley.

Together they created a sensation “Greater than when Lenny Cravitz re-discovered the wah wah pedal” (Michael Smith, Drum Media, Sydney). The band recorded “Harmony” (1996) and “High Time Now” (1998), toured constantly, and played Australia’s premier music festivals, including Woodford and Byron Bay Blues & Roots Festival numerous times.

In 2001 at the request of Atlantic, Epic, Sony and BMG records, Mitch and Kara Grainger visited New York to play showcases. Their visit coincided with the tragic September 11 terrorist attack and brought on a deep reflective period of song-writing for both Mitch and his sister, stretching over 5 years and leading them in different musical directions.

Upon hearing Grainger's compositions written during this period, legendary Australian producer, Harry Vanda (Vanda/Young) encouraged Mitch to record his own debut solo album “Love & Demons”, which was released in 2006.

Since his 2006 solo debut Grainger’s voice and music has been heard in movie cinemas across Japan, America & Europe in the “December Boys” movie opening scene, in American and Australian National TV shows such as Nashville, Killer Women, Rake, and The Time of Our Lives.

He has recorded countless sessions, written songs, and produced music with artists such as Rosa Pullman, Papa Lips, Kara Grainger, Rick Price, The Wrights, John Paul Young and acclaimed Australian thespian, Jack Thompson.

Forward to today and Mitch Grainger has gained an international reputation and audience for his harmonica skills. Type “Harmonica Lessons" into YouTube, and Mitch’s video is the first one on the list.

And now, in 2015, importantly ‘The Blues’ marks a signpost of artistic and personal growth that brings Mitch out of a recording hiatus and into the spotlight.

You can find out more about Mitch Grainger on his official website.


Mitch Grainger In Concert
 

Venue:
Hotel Blue, Upstairs "Live At The Attic".
88 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780.

Time:
Doors Open 6:00pm. Show Starts 6:30pm.
General Admission. Theatre Style Seating.

Tickets:
$15 pre-sale tickets available from:
Hotel Blue (during reception hours)
88 Lurline St, Katoomba, NSW 2780 (Cash Only)

Or Card /Phone 02) 4782 6922 and Online $16.50 (Including booking fees)

Or $15 on the Door from 6pm Sunday 22nd Nov 2015 (Unless Sold Out)

This is an intimate seating venue and tickets are strictly limited!

Hotel Blue is a family friendly venue! Pizza and bar nibbles available to purchase on the night along with wine and fine boutique beers from the Parlour Bar.
 

This is an intimate seating venue and tickets are strictly limited!

 
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