‘A Thousand Kisses Deep’ (released in 2014) is a programme of arrangements of eleven Leonard Cohen songs. Christine has been a lifelong fan and her unique interpretations make an inspired celebration of the legendary Canadian singer, songwriter and poet. In her own songwriting, she specializes in idiosyncratic, highly musical poetic vignettes with a strong sense of story, so it’s no surprise she weaves such magic with the profound, sensual and mysterious songs of Cohen. The band is a team of great musicians; Huw Warren accordion and piano (long-time pianist/arranger with June Tabor), award winning guitarist Phil Robson, Dave Whitford double bass, and Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale (Antonio Forcione band). There is a rapport between the players that goes beyond everyday musicianship working on subliminal and emotional levels. This concert won a prestigious Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival.
Irish-born singer/songwriter Christine Tobin is now based in New York having been an integral part of the London music scene for many years. She has carved out a niche for herself as one of the most richly expressive and original voices. A series of sublime albums for the Babel label showcased her poetic original material and compelling sound.
She has eleven highly acclaimed albums and 4 major awards under her belt. Her style, although rooted in jazz, is eclectic and draws on a broad range of influences from Ireland to West Africa to Brazil (Oumou Sangare, Elis Regina etc). Her sound is rich, authentic and deeply expressive and was described by The Guardian as “Tobin’s 24 carat voice” while praising her both for the poetry of her compositions and her golden voice. Much of her repertoire is self-penned and Tobin has received many accolades for her skills as a writer and arranger. In 2008 she won Best Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards and her 2010 release, ‘Tapestry Unravelled’ for Trail Belle Records received rave reviews and drew attention to her outstanding ability as interpreter. In 2012 she won a British Composers Award for her ninth album ‘Sailing to Byzantium’ album, her settings of W.B.Yeats poems and the following year 2013 she won a Herald Angel Award at Edinburgh Festival for her live performance of ‘A Thousand Kisses Deep’. In 2014 she was awarded Jazz Vocalist of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Part of the BASCA British Composer Award for ‘Sailing To Byzantium’, included a PRS commission to write new music. Tobin’s new album PELT, released on Trail Belle Records on 25 November 2016, was the result of this commission. The result is a rich and engaging collection with Tobin’s trademark originality.
She is making a name for herself on the NYC scene and last summer Christine performed at Xerox Rochester, Edmonton and Vancouver International Jazz Festivals in the US and Canada as well as at The South Coast Jazz and Swaledale Festivals in the UK and the Body & Soul Festival in Ireland.
“Christine Tobin is inspiring on her own material. But she is in a class of her own singing Leonard Cohen. Her new version of “Everybody Knows” is stunning… Gorgeous, affecting and deeply human.”… The Guardian (4 Stars)
“A Thousand Kisses Deep brings together Christine Tobin’s voice, Leonard Cohen’s songs, a bunch of Premier League musicians and superb arrangements……Faced with such beautiful interpretations of Cohen’s songs, it’s important to remember that Tobin is also a talented and original songwriter herself. That talent may well be one reason why she’s such as great interpreter of others’ work: she understands the process of creating a lyric, of crafting a tune, she shares an awareness of just how personal that process can be. A Thousand Kisses Deep is quite simply a marvellous collection of Cohen songs.”… All About Jazz *****
‘Her vocal artistry here brings out the qualities of Cohen’s words better than anyone else”… LondonJazz
“Her feeling for Leonard Cohen’s songs made a fine recording, but the live set is truly gripping”… Jazzwise Oct 2014 – Brecon Jazz Festival