Thursday 22nd May 8pm
Tickets - £12.00
£10 concs/£5 students/children
Christine Tobin (vocals) Phil Robson (guitar) Liam Noble (piano) Kate Shortt (cello) Dave Whitford (bass) Simon Lea (drums) Thebe Lipere (percussion)
Tobin has worked extensively on the international scene, appearing at renowned jazz festivals all over the world. Her work is firmly rooted in a tradition that emphasizes storytelling on a musical bedrock that creatively blends jazz, folk and blues. She will be performing material from her new album, Secret Life of a Girl.
"One of the most gifted and original singer/songwriters in today's jazz world."
Ian Carr, BBC Music Magazine
Christine Tobin, Secret Life of a Girl
John L Walters
Friday May 16, 2008
Dublin-born singer Christine Tobin is a jewel of the London jazz scene, streets ahead of the pack, but she deserves better. She should be on a global stage, rubbing shoulders with fellow troubadours like Cave, Mitchell and Cohen. And while her current 15-date tour should help broaden her UK fan base, this is an album that could break through to a bigger, international audience. Tobin's eloquent songs are framed by masterful arrangements and beautifully recorded to make the most of the content. There's no self-indulgence: it's all about the songs. Dave Whitford's sonorous bass and Phil Robson's self-effacing guitar are the perfect match for Tobin's rich, dark-hued vocals.
Highlights include the swampy Bye Bye; the Corner of an Eye, with its archaic "spring reverb"; and a delicious cover of Cohen and Robinson's Everybody Knows. Yet it's a tribute to the quality of Tobin's writing that there are no weak spots in this excellent collection.