Grayson Gilmour's Hundred Waters

Christchurch Art Gallery's first gig of 2017 was massive! Multi-instrumentalist Grayson Gilmour hit the Gallery with his band and a brand new set full of material from his soon to be released album Otherness (due out mid-2017).
Support came from the amazing Purple Pilgrims and New Dawn.

Grayson perfomed on 3 March 2017 as part of Christchurch Art Gallery's Gigs at the Gallery series.

Video produced by Belmont Productions.

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