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The Gram Partisans

The Gram Partisans are a Vancouver (BC, Canada) based roots folk group whose music combines our collective respect for many diverse musical traditions with our beliefs in hope, integrity, justice and a long memory. We play mostly original songs that tell stories of courage, trust, imagination, and solidarity. We seek to challenge your views of what music rooted in social justice can sound and feel like. Follow us on Facebook ~ Contact the Gram Partisans by email.

The current line-up of the Gram Partisans is:
William (Bill) Hood - vocals and guitar
Georgina Arntzen - vocals and mandolin
Jack MacDermott - vocals and fiddle
Alan Zisman - accordion and piano


News:

2021:


May 2, 2021:The Gram Partisans recorded Bill Hood original Anne Feeney - Union Made, a tribute to political folk singer Anne Feeney, who died Feb 3 2021.

The Gram Partisans recorded a pair of tunes associated with John Prine as part of a group of Vancouver musicians and bands ma
rking the anniversary of Prine's death by COVID, April 7 2020. See: Unwed FathersU and That's the Way That Every Empire Falls (written by RB Morris). Additional words and music for each tune are by Partisan Bill Hood.

2020:

Parts in the ParkJune 19: The Gram Partisans played outside at Vancouver's MacLean Park  at 2 pm - near the northwest corner of the park (between the field house and the swings).

April 9: Cancelled - House Concert in Support of Unist'ot'en Legal Fund - The Gram Partisans & The Re:Sisters sing in Solidarity

2019:

May 7: Anti-pipeline benefit at St James Hall (W 10th & Trutch)

March 10: Clinton Park Celebration - 2nd Ave and Slocan

March 9: Fundraiser - Taking a Stand to Protect the Land - Sutikalh & Ulluisc at Notional Space, 1523 E Pender

2017:

October 6: 6-11 pm: Pre-Hallowe’en Party: featuring Geoff Berner & The Gram Partisans - fundraiser for Jean Swansen's campaign for Vancouver City Council - Selecter's Records, 8 E. Pender

July 4th: Feature act at the Jericho Folk Club

June 29: Opener for Albuquerque's Eileen & the In-Betweens at Spartacus Books

June 10: Just Voices:Union Made concert at the Russian Hall

May 29:, Fundraiser for Ulluilsc and Sutikalh, Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, 1803 E 1st Ave, Vancouver

March 16: Celebration of 10 years of the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle, at Spartacus Books.

February 18: Cleansing the Waters, a benefit house concert in support of the First Nations, the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw, on western Vancouver Island who are opposing the fish farms in their territory.

2016:

GPs 2017Oct 2: Opening act for Toronto punk-poet Rob Moir - Spartacus Books

April 23: Workers' Celebration: Gram Partisans, Left Coast Labour Chorus, Cosmic Wink, Fraser Union, Re-Sisters, and more. WISE Hall

April 13: Feature act at Heartwood Community Cafe

January 28: Resistance Cabaret III - a fundraiser for the Madii'Lii anti-pipeline First Nations encampment - Cafe Deux Soleils

2015:

December 18: Opened for Illiteratty at Deep Cove Coffee House. 3 songs from that performance are online: Bells of Harlem, Better Times Will Come, Song of the Birds

July 23: Fundraiser for Voice for the Voiceless action camp, Spartacus Books

June 12: Anti-Capitalist Music Show - a fundraiser for the Vancouver IWW - Toast Collective

January 21: Opened for David Rovics - a fund-raiser for the Unist'ot'en Action Camp, Spartacus Books. Partisans and Rovics sets are online.

2014:
Picket line w. dog - Video of the Gram Partisans performing These Schools Are Your Schools at Vancouver's Chief Maquinna Elementary picket line, September 16 2014, the day the tentative settlement was announced. Thanks to Dora Kwok for filming and posting online.

- BC Teachers' Picket Line Songs -  Two songs written by Gram Partisan member Bill Hood for the 2014 BC teachers' strike. Recorded by Simon Kendall (Thanks Simon!) All proceeds from these recordings  donated to the union strike fund.

- Video clips of the Gram Partisans playing on teacher picket lines, June 2014 (including at the VESTA study session at the Orpheum, June 16) and at the June 10 teacher rally.

- Video clips of the Gram Partisans at the 2014 VDLC May Day rally: I Still Can Hear Him Now and The Internationale
Orpheum teacher rally


Gram Partisan founder, vocalist, and guitar player Bob Rosen died November 22, 2011. Read his obituary and leave a comment and watch video of his memorial.

Bob Rosen
The Gram Partisan's 2011 recording, You Will Not Stand Alone, can be listened to online and purchased as a (on sale for $10) digital download. To purchase a physical CD ($15 + $2 postage), email the band.

CD cover




More:

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Former members (and still Partisans in our hearts):

- Bob Rosen - guitar and vocals (2004-2011)
- Steve Quattrocchi - mandolin and banjo (2008)
- Ted McNenny - lead guitar and dobro (through Fall 2007)
- Wahl - mandolin (through Fall 2006)
- Annie Bailey - bass (through Winter 2008)
- Peter Bazovsky - violin (2010- 2012)
- Phil Wallace - bass (2011 - Fall 2014)
- David Anderson - bass (various times through 2018)
- Caitlan Read - fiddle (2014?-2018)
- Joni Miller - bass (2018-2019)


- photo by Eric Wong


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-- Sketch by Jim Easton from Feb 25 2013 performance at Marche Bakery