Welcome to J.C. Grimshaw’s Official Website!

JC  performs in a variety of duos, trios and bands aswell as being an exceptional songwriter and composer, teacher, and outstanding multi instrumentalist, who plays guitar, mandolin, harmonica, ukulele and Hawaiian lap guitar with a deep-rooted passion.

Over the years J.C. has worked with many established artists ranging from Midge Ure in the pop world, to Bob Brozman in the acoustic blues world. He has played worldwide in venues ranging from huge stadiums to small folk clubs and art centres.

His interest in music is hugely diverse. He has played in numerous bands, making a name for himself in many different arenas:

Blues,Vintage Jazz, Gypsy, Country, Folk and Pop.

New Album Out Now!


~ 100 Years In The Making ~

This exciting new project brings together a collection of new original songs written specifically for this band by JC and his son Sol (a formidable musician in his own right.)  They are joined by the hugely talented and dynamic Jon Thorne on bass and Chris Jones on drums and percussion, and with guest performances from Richard White (clarinet), Magnus Hawker-French (trombone), and David Hences (violin).  The main inspiration for these new works hails from the hot club gypsy jazz swing era along with other influences such as mambo, world, classic jazz and vaudeville shining through.   




For What You Seek

J.C.’s  album “For What You Seek”, combines many of these styles and influences. His passion for his music, his instruments and his poetry shines through on every song.



Festivals and broadcasts

Wembley Arena International Festival of Country Music
WOMAD Helsinki & Morecambe Bay U.K
Glastonbury Acoustic Stage
Cognac Blues Festival
Cambridge Folk Festival
Isle of Wight Festival
Dresden Blues Festival
Bestival Isle of Wight
Brecon Jazz Festival
Lugano Music Festival Switzerland
Wirral Guitar Festival
Cardiff Bay Arena
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Radio 3 Late Junction

Latest CD

J.C. Grimshaw’s latest album is now available.


“J.C. Grimshaw is both a fine songwriter and instrumentalist. He is simply a delight to hear.”

“He has to be the best exponent of hula slide this side of the Atlantic.”

“His outstanding displays of virtuoso playing elicit a fantastic response from the audience.”