The Carol Grimes, Dorian Ford quintet C.DAWN played the very first Jazz and Roots gig at the St James Studio in September 2012, and so naturally it’s great to be back one year on.
In many ways, this band embodies the ethos of Jazz and Roots. Yes, there is material that clearly comes from the jazz tradition (Ellington, American Songbook, and so on), but there is also repertoire from other traditions from the Anglo-sphere: English, Celtic and American folk music, for example. And of course the traditional folk form that has been the emulsifier of twentieth century popular music, the blues. Carol’s song ‘Your Blues’ kind of says it all, by talking about key influences, identity, and cultural ownership, and every and anybody’s sense of home, in this vast and complex cultural soup.
All of the above will be expressed in a direct, personal and truthful way, which is after all, the only way which Carol knows.
C.DAWN’s eponymous double album, not yet available anywhere else, will be on sale. It’s a collection of live recordings by the band of favourite repertoire, which they’ll be playing on the night.
Here’s a link to Carol’s great interview and excerpts from the show last year:
C.DAWN are Carol Grimes, Dorian Ford, Annie Whitehead, Winston Clifford and Neville Malcolm.
'Carol Grimes should be regarded as a national treasure' Blues in Britain
Here’s a picture I stole off her facebook page. Not of her singing, but because it epitomises what I wrote about her last year: “Carol is like Dickens sings the blues. Where the Thames is the Mississippi.”
The new album