Fascinated at a young age by urban blues and early rock and roll Dick Taylor teamed up with school friend Mick Jagger and formed a rehearsing (mainly in Dick’s parents’ back room) group, making a demo tape they named themselves Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys, when Dick progressed to art school he met up with Keith Richards who joined the band. When they encountered Brian Jones at the Ealing club they were recruited into Brian’s band with Dick on bass, the Rolling Stones were born…
Having a hankering to play guitar again Dick joined up with another art student, Phil May to form the Pretty Things, something that encompassed 57 years (so far).
While on a sabbatical from the Pretties Dick produced Hawkwind’s first album, as ones by Cochise and Skin Alley amongst others.
In the Eighties Dick played gigs and recorded with the Mekons and was also a “Man from Uncle” in breaks from Pretty Things gigs.
When he moved to the Isle of Wight Dick became acquainted with the music scene there and would frequently guest with J.C. and Angelina Grimshaw, something which has grown into this latest project which has wowed every audience they have played in front of.
JC and Angelina Grimshaw have been grabbing audiences’ attention with their performances at folk, blues and jazz clubs and festivals in the U.K and Europe.
J.C. Grimshaw is a song writer/multi-instrumentalist he has recorded 4 solo albums and 2 albums with his sister. He plays guitars, mandolins, harmonica, ukulele and Hawaiian lap guitar with a deep rooted passion. He uses 6 string guitar, National slide/lap guitar and mandolin to blend earthy folk, finger-picking blues with a voice to match.
Their style and performances are eclectic from early blues and jazz to driving vintage jazz and Hawaiian. He tours regularly is a session musician and played 120 shows with Midge Ure on his acoustic tour.
“His outstanding displays of virtuoso playing elicit a fantastic response from the audience”. Blue Print
Angelina’s distinctive, fiery, sensuous voice moves easily from raw vintage blues to shimmering jazz with finger-picking and hammering rhythm parlour guitar.
Angelina taught herself to sing by listening to Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and field recordings of country blues singers working on the land. Developing her own song-writing style inspired by the likes of Karen Dalton and Charlie Patton. She works with her brother J.C and is the main vocalist in a Vintage jazz project called “The Gramophone Party” along side her brother. She has her own solo career on the road and is signed to the Independent London label Wonderfulsound. She is a recording/writing artist and works with Dr.Robert “Blow Monkeys, Mick Talbot Style Council, Matt Deighton, Oasis under the name of Monks Road Social.
“Howling Blues Queen mixing country and blues…Billie Holiday singing Johnny Cash” Mojo 2019
“Splendidly abrasive…Janis Joplin’s vengeful ghost jamming with Canned Heat..growling hard and taking no prisoners”
“crackling blues…that send shards through the heart” Uncut
JC and Angelina are a powerful combination. Their performances full of soul and mastery –