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Carol Grimes – Tales and Songs from a Life

The return of the mistressful Carol Grimes, one of our favourite vocalists, with Dorian Ford, piano,  Winston Clifford, drums,  Alison Rayner, bass  & 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.

‘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.

To those whose lives Grimes’s singing has touched, she’s one of the UK’s great underap-preciated talents and at seventy-one, she hasn’t lost the power to enthral with a blues or a jazz standard or with the song that ended this lunchtime gem so aptly, her friend, the late Sandy Denny’s Who Knows Where the Time Goes.

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.

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