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Christine Tobin leads her virtuosic musicians across a kaleidoscopic panorama, sometimes as junkyard blues philosopher, or snappy beat seductress, sometimes as a conduit for exquisite zen-like harmonies or reflective Americana. The result is a rich and engaging collection with Tobin’s trademark originality.
The seed of the idea for setting Paul Muldoon’s poems came when the pair were invited to collaborate and perform a piece at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2011. Christine had long admired Muldoon’s work and he was greatly impressed by her settings of WB Yeats. The texts chosen for the PELT collection are a mix of his poems and lyrics.
For this tour, Tobin has assembled a stellar band which includes such seminal figures on the jazz scene such as Gareth Lockrane and Phil Robson, and many more, which Peter Quinn described as ‘a cast of players who are all perfectly attuned to Tobin’s vision and artistry’ in Jazzwise magazine. This concert will feature a guest reading by the acclaimed, multi-award winning Brooklyn poet Eva Salzman who has also collaborated with Christine on past projects.
Christine Tobin is now based between NYC and London, having been an integral part of the UK music scene for many years. The Irish-born vocalist and composer is renowned for her unique rich voice and original compositional style. With eleven highly acclaimed CDs under her own name and four major awards under her belt, Christine is treasured in the UK and far beyond as one of the leading lights on the contemporary scene.
MOJO Music Magazine said ‘Christine Tobin really transcends glib genre-fication. Her expressive range acknowledges finely acquired folk, jazz and 20th-century classical influences, which already sets her apart. And everything is shot through with an unmistakable refinement, free-spirited earthiness and giddy romanticism, this singer-songwriter is in a field of one.’
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the second performance of PELT at 9.15pm will no longer take place.