Carol at Lime Bar Cafe

13th May at 7pm. Gig at Lime Bar Cafe, 46 Tontine Street, Folkestone CT20 1JU.


Carol at Lauderdale House

Carol Grimes sings with gorgeous musicians!

18th May at 7.30pm at Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, N6 5HG London.


Carol at the Vortex

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.

Some reviews…

“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

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Parkinsons Creative Collective (PCC) is a small group of people with Parkinson disease (PD) who met on the internet and created: The NeuroWriters’ Guide to the Peripatetic Pursuit of Parkinson Disease, an anthology of experiences of life with PD.

Who should read it? Anyone who touches the world of PD.

Why “peripatetic?” The word comes from ancient Greece. It describes a school of teaching while walking around. There were few straight lines and many questions in those discussions, and few straight answers and many questions in the world of Parkinson disease.

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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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