Nervy Nora – one from my collection of alter – heads, a pernickety persona.©

Nervy Nora. Photo above Kasia Rose Hrybowicz https://soundcloud.com/user1698211/life-is-dangerous-from-alive-at-ronnie-scotts? Nervy Nora has been around for a very long time. My early memories are of nervous tensions and its inherent manifestations in my persona. Stuttering and twitching, lacking in energy, courage, and conviction. No belief in my abilities. A need for support and my difficulties in asking for … Continue reading Nervy Nora – one from my collection of alter – heads, a pernickety persona.©

Two Interviews/ The Singers Tale Show & some reviews

Preview/Interview: The Singer's Tale London Jazz News, 13th February 2015 Link: http://www.londonjazznews.com Carol Grimes was one of the very first performers to appear at St James Studio (preview from 2012). In this new interview with Sebastian, she talked about the first outings of her new autobiographical project “The Singer's Tale,” for which she will return … Continue reading Two Interviews/ The Singers Tale Show & some reviews

London Tales Carol & Sam 1960/70s ‘The Grove Days in W2 W11 W10’

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We lived in St Stevens Gardens.. 4 families to a house, often more. Room by room, bath and toilet for all, except the basement, on the landing… 

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Then we moved, Sam and I to 8a All Saints Road.. views from the window.

2013-02-17 20.04.57 copy.jpgScan 7.jpgThroughout the 1960/70s I lived in many places, often homeless. From West Cromwell Earls Court to The Brompton Road, Worlds End Chelsea, then over to Swinbrook Road just off Goldbourne Road in North Kensington, to St. Stevens Gardens then on to All Saints Road.

My years in The Grove, bar some nasty encounters with The Music Business, was the most I ever felt being held within a community that for the most part cared about each other. Many of the people pictured have died or moved on to another place and another life. The Slums have been bulldozed away and unless you are already housed in a…

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London Tales – Round Midnight

https://soundcloud.com/user1698211/round-midnight-1 In the picture above a painting and a photo of Monks hands playing the piano taken by My friend, John Hoppy Hopkins  Round midnight.  Music Thelonious Monk - Lyrics and Poem on recording, Oscar Brown Jr - written in the year of my birth. 1944 My Poem here. Thelonious Monk Written following a night sleeping … Continue reading London Tales – Round Midnight

American Tales – The Belt

I have always loved the ordinary things, finding beauty in them, things like string. Here is an early attempt of one of my early poems ...I had written song lyrics and then in the Early 1980s took courage and began to write..Until last year, it has remained a hidden thing...  I have an extract below … Continue reading American Tales – The Belt

London Tales – My love for Oscar Brown Jr. ‘If I only had’ – ‘Rags and old Iron’

https://soundcloud.com/user1698211/sets/a-tribute-to-oscar-brown-jr Featuring Dorian Ford Jennifer Maidman and Phil Harper & myself, Carol Grimes at Lauderdale House Highgate London Performed At Ronnie Scotts and Lauderdale House London Oscar Brown Jr Tribute feat. Carol Grimes Oscar Brown Jnr - Tribute Quintet, Carol Grimes vocals, Dorian Ford piano, Neville Malcolm bass, Winston Clifford drums and Annie Whitehead trombone. … Continue reading London Tales – My love for Oscar Brown Jr. ‘If I only had’ – ‘Rags and old Iron’

London Tales – Dick & the Fireman Crystal Palace Bowl 1976

In red below one of the little boys is indeed John's Son and the other beside me is my son, Sam Smart. I found this article in a Box, so old! it is almost sepia, from the early days of the Camera! In fact, the hot summer of 1976. So many of those friends now … Continue reading London Tales – Dick & the Fireman Crystal Palace Bowl 1976