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