Christine Tobin PELT
UK Tour dates 2018
Irish born, NYC based singer and composer Christine Tobin announces a 12-date tour across the UK in early 2018 of her critically acclaimed album PELT (2016). PELT is Christine’s settings of poems and lyrics by contemporary Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Paul Muldoon. A stellar band will join her for these performances and Paul Muldoon will make a guest appearance at the Exeter show. Multi award-winning Brooklyn poet Eva Salzman will be joining Christine for the London and Southampton shows (full details below).
“Pelt strikes that most elusive of balances between familiarity and strangeness, by turns recalling Tom Waits, Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell, without being beholden to any particular genre or influence… music that veers from grungy, post-industrial grooves to wispy romanticism to abstracted contemporary classical, all played with punkish attitude...” The Irish Times ****
25 January Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset
26 January Calstock Arts, Cornwall
27 January Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon
28 January Exeter Phoenix, Devon
1 February Turner Sims, Southampton
2 February Derby Jazz, Deda Studio Theatre
3 February Hall 2, Kings Place, London (2 shows 7.30 pm and 9.15 pm)
4 February Northern Rock Foundation Hall, The Sage, Gateshead
6 February Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
7 February The Lantern, Colston Hall, Bristol
8 February Jazz Steps Nottingham, Bonington Theatre
10 February Jazzlines Birmingham, CBSO Centre
An integral part of the UK music scene for many years, Christine Tobin 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.
In December 2012 Christine won a BASCA British Composers Award for her spellbinding settings of poems by WB Yeats, ‘Sailing to Byzantium’. The award included a PRSF commission to write new music and the album PELT was the result. For Christine text and music have always been equally important and PELT is Christine’s settings of poems and lyrics by contemporary Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Paul Muldoon. Although a continuation of Tobin’s alchemy with fine words and music and her exploration of the chemistry between the two, PELT marked a new direction and a new musical soundscape and is both daring and dreamlike, passionate and playful.
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 back 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. On the album title, Christine says, “I chose PELT as the title for the album because I love the directness and simplicity of this poem. PELT is used both as something raining down and also as a skin. I like that transformation and how something harmful changes into something that protects.”
Christine’s stellar band for this tour will feature Richard Jones violin, Kate Shortt cello & backing vocals, Gareth Lockrane flutes, Phil Robson guitar & electronics, Steve Hamilton piano, keyboard & laptop, Dave Whitford double & electric basses & Simon Lea drums. There will be poetry readings by Eva Salzman (Turner Sims and Kings Place) and Paul Muldoon (Exeter Phoenix).
“…there’s a patience and clarity to her handling of fine poetry, but there’s a tough, bluesy assertiveness to this album too. Tobin sounds almost as scornfully sardonic as 60s Dylan… Muldoon and Tobin make a powerful team.” The Guardian****
“…feisty original music written by Tobin for a programme that covers the Americana waterfront. The album is a masterclass in songcraft.” BBC Music Magazine *****
“Tobin’s vocals, veering from acrobatic to sultry, are tailored perfectly for the material, her evocations of time and place precise. Classy and lovely.” The Observer ****
“PELT is marked by its timbral richness and breathtaking imaginative scope… a remarkable equipoise of the hard-hitting and the understated… one of the year’s must-hear albums.” Jazzwise**** Recommended
“Tobin’s 24 carat voice. Gorgeous affecting and deeply human” The Guardian
“The Voice is a killer.” fRoots