13th May at 7pm. Gig at Lime Bar Cafe, 46 Tontine Street, Folkestone CT20 1JU.
Carol Grimes sings with gorgeous musicians!
18th May at 7.30pm at Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, N6 5HG London.
Friday 17th February at The Vortex, Dalston, London.
With Annie Whitehead, Winston Clifford, Richard Bundy and Jennifer Maidman xx
Carol sings: Songs for a winter’s night and Songs for a rocky world.
TALES AND SONGS FROM A LIFE
Carol returns to the Vortex with Dorian Ford (piano), Winston Clifford (drums), Alison Rayner (bass) and Annie Whitehead (trombone).
Stellar reviews abound of Carol’s autobiographical song book which she brings back to us, different each time, with her wonderful accompanists.
The Singer’s Tale is by turns charming, funny and a little sad without looking for pity. Grimes is a trouper, a survivor and with Dorian Ford’s splendid piano accompaniment and occasional added harmonica, she variously defies and takes encouragement from a sizable cast of alliteratively named alter egos – Betty Bluesbelter, Procrastinating Patsy et al – to follow her dreams and get through some nightmares. The triumphs are underplayed – she’s happy being a non-celebrity – the laughs are genuine, and the voice really should have be-come better known. Review from the Edinburgh Fringe.
Date: 5th November 2016, 8pm.
Venue: Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ.
“To those whose lives Grimes’s singing has touched, she’s one of the UK’s great underappreciated talents and at seventy-one, she hasn’t lost the power to enthral with a blues or a jazz standard.” – Herald Scotland
“Carol Grimes’ voice… [is] as smooth as silk, as sensual as smoke“- Michael Kemp
“Carol slips easily from blues to jazz and from soul to straight ahead rock. While employing a musical vocabulary drawn from a wide range of American styles, the difference between the two is also highlighted by Carol’s quintessential Britishness. Carol imbues her material, particularly her self-penned lyrics, with humour as well as gritty realism.” – Review of The Vortex
“Carol Grimes, the forthright and defiantly independent jazz, blues, and world-music singer still emits the same fierce glow that has been her trademark since her R&B beginnings 30 years ago.” – The Guardian
“a national treasure… if you had to label Carol Grimes you might call her a jazz singer (she is backed by terrific jazz players like saxophonist Elton Dean and trumpeter Harry Beckett) but her repertoire is so eclectic that it hardly seems meaningful to try and pigeonhole her at all.” – Blues in Britain