Blow the fuse presents Carol Grimes: blues, roots, words & grooves

The Old Church, London. Friday 8th March 2019 at 7:45pm

Blow the Fuse celebrates 30 years: 1989 – 2019 with their new season Resistance – 30 years of Blow the Fuse.

Join Blow the Fuse to celebrate International Women’s Day with Carol: Blues Roots Words & Grooves with support from Free Spirit, featuring Deirdre Cartwright and Kathy Dyson.

Carol Grimes is a towering presence in the UK music scene; from busking in the streets as a teenager to touring internationally with the contemporary classical group The Shout and her two solo rock albums in Memphis, it is safe to say Carol is a truly genre-busting artist. Having turned to jazz and blues, her music embraces drama and love.

In this special concert to celebrate International Womens Day, Carol is joined by an all-star band of Annie Whitehead, Jessica Lauren and Alison Rayner.

Wild, declamatory soulfulness‘ John Fordham The Guardian

Equal parts Marsha Hunt, Julie Driscoll and Merry Clayton, turning her song poems into seductive, hypnotic and terrifying incantations. A remarkable piece.‘ Lois Wilson MOJO

Free Spirit – a new duo featuring two of the UK’s top guitarists Deirdre Cartwright and Kathy Dyson. Known for their work in celebrating the music and memory of Emily Remembered, this project celebrates the present. Two guitars with guitar effects, loops and vocal, and interaction with the audience to create melodic pieces and soundscapes.

“Cartwright and Dyson exchange murmuring lines on Softly after a theme of gleaming harmonics, and push each other more insistently in the later stages of a live All the Things You Are. Cartwright’s lilting bossa Hello World and the earthy, clanging blues catch the ear, but it’s the free-flowing, improvised 8 on 12 and a brooding and then reharmonised Afro Blue that avoid the more routine aspects of traditional standard-song jazz jamming.”
John Fordham, Guardian

“Kathy Dyson and Deirdre Cartwright are both superb players albeit with contrasting styles that, nevertheless, complement each other perfectly”.
Lance Liddle, Winner 2018 Jazz Media Awards

Ear Worm Wardens at The Lime Bar September 29th Folkestone

Blues Roots Words & Grooves

Gig In Lauderdale House, 18th October

Carol Grimes with Annie Whitehead, Alison Rayner, Jessica Lauren, Winston Clifford
18 Oct Lauderdale House
Address: Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG   
Lauderdale House

Jazz in the House: Roots Blues & Songs for Lovers

18 Oct Lauderdale House
Roots Blues and Songs for Lovers

Jazz in the House returns for a new season of informal evening concerts this Autumn, with big names playing alongside Lauderdale favourites. Expect modern, world-class jazz in a beautiful historic setting. Please see below for information about our jazz season ticket offer, available until 15 September!

Carol Grimes will be performing an array of jazz music alongside a talented band on musicians:

Annie Whitehead on Trombone | Alison Rayner on Double Bass | Winston Clifford on Drums | Jessica Lauren on Piano.

Carol Grimes performs live as part of Jazz in the House on Thursday 18 October. The bar will be open from 8 pm and the music begins at 8.30pm.

Season Tickets:
Book your season ticket by 15 September to see all nine shows for just £73 (full price £103)! Limited numbers of season tickets are available, so book now to make sure you don’t miss out. To book a season ticket, simply add standard tickets to all nine shows in the season to your basket and the discount will be automatically applied (subject to availability). Or call the box office on 0208 348 8716.

The Singer’s Tale, out now

 The Singer’s Tale Paperback – 30 Nov 2017

Dave Monk A remarkable book – excellent and compulsive read – with the odds heavily stacked against her, Carol’s determination to make it as a singer would make a great film if it could capture the underlying theme of changing times from an era that was almost recognisable as Victorian to the transformation that was rock’n’roll driven by the post-war generation.

A few Reviews in the past for performing: “Grimes has a fascinating story to tell.” London Jazz News. “A great UK talent” John Fordham, The Guardian. “A national treasure” Blues in Britain. “The Edith Piaf of British music” Camden Review. “As a woman and an artist, Carol has experienced much, learned more and conveys what she knows in a manner that genuinely connects.” TheVortex. “Expect darkness and light, ugliness and beauty, comedy and tradegy” Cheryl Moskowitz.

M. Kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars
Looking Back with her Eyes Wide Open
24 January 2018

Anyone who’s ever witnessed Carol Grimes in concert will testify to the fact she possesses a raw emotional power, tempered with the shading of experience and the passing of time. Those lucky enough to have heard her simple yet devastating renditions of Fran Landesman’s “Scars”, or Eden Ahbez’s “Nature Boy” resonating in packed rooms, or jazz stages, will want to read her back story, to find out more.

And now, not before time, Grimes has finally produced her autobiography. Titled “The Singer’s Tale” (after Chaucer) it is a wild, candid, sometimes unsparing journey. At times wise-after-the-event and other times laugh-out-loud funny (the Kafkaesque trials of reclaiming a pension once you’ve had several surnames) ~ Carol Grimes is a vivid character one instinctively warms to in the intimacy of these pages. A childhood adrift amongst ration books and bomb-damaged London ~ a quest for identity when significant family members are but faint sketches, old sepia photographs ~ eventually finding her voice and her way.

The early albums, musical travels to Memphis and Nashville ~ the firm belief that singing for her supper was the only way forward ~ even with its accompanying pitfalls, safety nets and occasional tragedies. The competing voices in her head, all given free rein here ~ constructing a complex persona ~ sometimes vulnerable, sometimes wayward; always human. I warmly recommend “The Singer’s Tale” if you want to eavesdrop on the REAL story of women making music in the sixties and seventies ~ the deals, the dodgy managers (“We can market you as a British Janis Joplin…”) ~ the highs, the lows, the hangers-on, the true friends ~ above all the music, the vital spark of humanity. Buy this book.

A Singer’s Tale at Applecart Arts

Where: Applecart Arts, 170 Harold Road, London E13 0SE

What: A Singers Tale with Carol Grimes & Isabelle Postill, Guesting Forest Voices Community Choir.

When: Thurs 28th April from 7.15 – 8.45pm

Eleto Chocolate Cafe

 With Annie Whitehead Richard Bundy  & Alison Rayner

 Eleto Chocolate Cafe Folkestone, Kent