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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.
Tobin’s latest album PELT is the result of this commission. 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 marks a new direction and a new musical soundscape. PELT is both daring and dreamlike, passionate and playful. BBC Music Magazine described it as “…feisty original music written by Tobin for a programme that covers the Americana waterfront. The album is a masterclass in songcraft.” Christine 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 full instrumentation and line-up for live performances on this tour is:
Christine Tobin voice and composer
Richard Jones violin
Kate Shortt cello & backing vocals
Gareth Lockrane flutes
Phil Robson guitar
Steve Hamiltonpiano, keyboard & laptop
Dave Whitford double basses
Simon Lea drums.
“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
“Tobin’s 24 carat voice. Gorgeous affecting and deeply human” The Guardian
“The Voice is a killer.” fRoots