Reviews for The Singer’s Tale

“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.” Dave Monk

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.

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The Singer’s Tale, out now in paperback


“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.” The Vortex

“Expect darkness and light, ugliness and beauty, comedy and tradegy” Cheryl Moskowitzread more …

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.

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Gig In Lauderdale House, 18th October

18th October at Lauderdale House: Carol Grimes with Annie Whitehead, Alison Rayner, Jessica Lauren, Winston Clifford

Address: Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG   Lauderdale House

Jazz in the House: Roots Blues & 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.

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Ear Worm Wardens

Blues Roots Words & Grooves

September 29th at The Lime Bar September Folkestone.

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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

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