Carol on Midweek


Listen to Carol on Midweek (BBC Radio Four) with Libby Purves. First broadcast on 18th February 2015.

The Quarterhouse Women’s Choir: 12th March 2016


For the second year running, Women Of The World comes to a close with a night of uproarious music featuring female artists (full line up to be announced) alongside the Quarterhouse Women’s Choir. The Quarterhouse Women’s Choir, led by Carol Grimes, started at WOW 2015 and focuses on the work of female song writers.

Saturday 12th March 2016, Folkestone Quarterhouse.

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Busker’s bottler sings the blues

Herald Scotland

Carol Grimes might not include I Could Write a Book in her Edinburgh Fringe show, The Singer’s Tale. The London-born survivor of fifty years in the music business would, however, have every right to sing this Rodgers and Hart standard. Indeed, she is currently writing her autobiography after being given encouragement by a literary agent who subsequently disappeared.

“Typical,” says Grimes with a throaty laugh. “My timing has always been abysmal when it comes to business matters, and I know I’m not alone in this regard among musicians. I just like to sing. And write – I’ve been really enjoying getting the story down.”

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The Singer’s Tale, Edinburgh Fringe

Review in Herald Scotland


Carol Grimes needs longer than a Fringe slot to tell her life story. Heavens, she needs more words than a Fringe review has to accommodate the names she’s gone under, being as she candidly puts it “a bastard” London war baby who was put up for adoption, brought up in Lowestoft, wound up sleeping in Hastings’ caves, busked in Soho, joined a band, married, divorced, married again, and tied the pension authorities in knots trying to decipher who she really was. (more…)

Carol at the Edinburgh Festival


22nd – 24th August at 1.45pm

“Carol Grimes, the Piaf singer/songwriter of British music. This raw, in your face sublime performer takes you with her on a musical journey through her extraordinary life.

“The Singers Tale weaves its stories, sometimes shady, mad and bad, but with music and song at their heart. Street busker to Ronnie Scotts, from Notting Hill to Nashville and Memphis to San Francisco from Hackney to Texas and Eastern Europe, but always returning to London.”

22nd – 24th August 2015, 1.45pm at The Assembly Rooms (ballroom), 54 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2LR. Book at

Carol at Vortex, April 23rd 2016

With Dorian Ford (piano), Winston Clifford (drums), Alison Rayner (bass) and Annie Whitehead (trombone).

Saturday April 23rd at 8pm. Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ.

A Singer’s Tale, Friday 6th May

In The Singer’s Tale Carol weaves together stories – sometimes shady, mad or bad – from the streets of London as a busker outside Ronnie Scott’s, to Nashville, San Francisco, Eastern Europe and beyond… but always with song at its heart.

With Dorian Ford, Alison Rayner and Arike.

Friday 6th May 2016, Folkestone Quarterhouse.

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Carol at Vortex, 26th September 2015

With Dorian Ford (piano), Winston Clifford (drums), Alison Rayner (bass) and Annie Whitehead (trombone).

Saturday 26th September 2015 at 8:00pm. Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ. Book tickets.

Carol at The Map Cafe, 10th July 2015


Friday 10th July 2015, at The Map Café, Kentish Town London. 8:00pm. £10.00.

The Singer’s Tale brings together songs from Carol’s vast archive of memories, bringing a large slice of British Blues/Soul/Jazz history, together with places, people and the changing times.

This is a show with a difference – a moving account of a woman’s journey, sung with passion and humour.

Singer/songwriter/poet Carol Grimes has teamed up with the huge talent of pianist Dorian Ford – together they are playing this year’s Edinburgh Festival. So be sure to catch this one-off performance of the duo version of their show.

Carol at Lauderdale House: 14th May 2015

“Singer Carol has lived a rich and varied musical life which began with busking on the streets of London as a teenager. She performed at the first Glastonbury Festival and was a member of the ground-breaking classical choir, The Shout. Carol is unique with a career in jazz, blues, soul and poetry and is always one of our most popular performers.”

Carol Grimes (vocals), Annie Whitehead (trombone), Dorian Dord (piano), Neville Malcomb (bass) & tba (drums)

Thursday 14th May 2015, 8.30pm at Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG. Tickets: £10 or £9 (concessions).

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Carol at St James Studio: February 2015


Carol Grimes, the ‘Piaf’ songstress of British music — this raw, in your face, sublime performer — takes you on a musical journey through her extraordinary life.

The Singer’s Tale weaves its stories — sometimes shady, mad and bad — but with music and song at their heart.

“Carol Grimes has a fascinating story to tell. She also has a command of shaping and delivering words, a performance sense, and the musical and human depth and warmth to really make something of this. The story pulls in songs that reference times of her life. This project has such a strong heart, it really could go anywhere as it develops. Dorian Ford has no music, just her words in front of him. His ability to match mood or word with chord or line, to evoke the ghosts of songs past is a revelation too.” (review by Sebastian Scotney)

Like Geoffrey Chaucer’s pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales, Carol’s journey started in London. As a singer, she is the character Chaucer left out from his Tales. From her first gig, Carol has attracted enthusiastic followers who want to join her on her “pilgrimage”.

He could songs make and well endite.” (from the prologue of The Canterbury Tales) — Chaucer didn’t write a Singer’s Tale, so here is mine.

Carol’s principal musician/performer in telling her tale is pianist Dorian Ford. Other first class musicians whoregularl y work with Carol are brought in along the road to add to the story wherever it lands: pubs, village halls, theatres, cafes, festivals – no place is too small or too large to embrace Carol Grimes and her Singer’s Tale.

9th and 26 February 2015. Doors open 7.15pm, show at 8pm.
St James Studio, 12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA. Nearest tube: Victoria.

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