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Fri, 14 Jul


Sarah Walker Gallery

Christine Tobin & Phil Robson 'A Thousand Kisses Deep'

Christine Tobin & Phil Robson, 'A Thousand Kisses Deep' features new arrangements of Leonard Cohen and other great songs in the beautiful setting of the Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere, Co. Cork

Christine Tobin & Phil Robson 'A Thousand Kisses Deep'
Christine Tobin & Phil Robson 'A Thousand Kisses Deep'

Time & Location

14 Jul 2023, 20:00 – 15 Jul 2023, 22:30

Sarah Walker Gallery, The Far West End of the Pier, The Pier, Cametringane, Castletown-Bearhaven, Co. Cork, P75 R984, Ireland

About the event

For tickets:

14th July 8pm 

CHRISTINE TOBIN A Thousand Kisses Deep (new arrangements of Leonard Cohen and other great songs)

Having been an integral part of both the New York City and London  scenes for many years, Christine is now based in Northwest Roscommon.  Her unique, rich sound was described by The Guardian as ‘Tobin’s 24  carat voice’. Her expressive range acknowledges finely acquired jazz,  folk and twentieth century European art song influences. She can be  junkyard blues philosopher, snappy beat seductress, a conduit for  exquisite zen-like harmonies, or reflective Americana. MOJO Music  Magazine said of her “Christine Tobin really transcends glib  genre-fiction…..everything is shot through with an unmistakable  refinement, free-spirited earthiness and giddy romanticism, this  singer-songwriter is in a field of one". Her live show ‘A Thousand  Kisses Deep’ won a prestigious ‘Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh  Fringe. In 2012 she won a BASCA British Composer Award for her settings  of WB Yeats, and in 2014 she was awarded “Jazz Vocalist of the Year” at  the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Earlier in her career Christine won “Best  Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards.

A Thousand Kisses Deep is a beautiful re-working of Leonard Cohen  songs alongside some choice originals and other favourites. In her own  writing, Christine Tobin specializes in idiosyncratic, highly musical  poetic vignettes with a strong sense of story, so it's no surprise that  she weaves magic with the profound, sensual songs of Cohen, and in her  musical settings of WB Yeats and contemporary Irish poet Paul Muldoon.  S|he has chosen the Cohen songs from his early 1960s albums through to  his 2001 release ‘Ten New Songs’. The live show of ‘A Thousand Kisses  Deep’ won a prestigious Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Fringe and  the album received rave reviews. (see below)

Christine and Phil made a considerable impact in New York, where Phil  had previously worked with saxophonist Dave Liebman, drummer Billy Hart  and bassist James Genus. The winner of the Best Jazz Musician of The  Year title at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in 2009, Phil has also been a  long-time member of the award-winning jazz group Partisans and has  appeared with Barbra Streisand, Dame Cleo Laine and former James Brown  saxophonist Maceo Parker.

Now back living in Ireland, Christine and Phil have recently toured Christine’s rapturously received Returning Weather album  and continue to work as a duo with a consummate mutual understanding  and strong audience engagement performing original songs and inventively  revised standards

The reviews……...

Press praise for A Thousand Kisses Deep:

"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

“Great timing is a gift given to few and one that Tobin possesses, along with an exciting tendency to take the darker path.”  The Times

“The Voice is a killer.” fRoots

"She's got one of those voices that can move from pure,  pastoral-edged folk whimsy to big angry blues mama in a single phrase;  from world-weary interpreter of show tunes to howling rock diva within a  single note.” Time Out

Jazzwise Magazine **** Recommended ….there’s something inherently  right when vocalist Christine Tobin sings Leonard Cohen. Christine’s ear  for lyrical detail, coupled with her sensitivity to the singular mood  of each song, combines to magical effect. From the alluring groove of  ‘Tower of Song’, and the powerful imagery of ‘Story of Isaac’, to the  incredibly moving ‘Anthem’ and the enigmatic ‘You Know Who I Am’, these  are interpretations that shimmer with beauty and insight.

‘A wholly absorbing and often downright ravishing concert’.

LondonJazz, London Jazz Festival, Southbank Centre

BBC Music Magazine (5 star review) *****

Jazz and poetry have often had strong links and vocalist Christine  Tobin has struck gold with this album that focuses on the works of  Canadian poet and folk hero Leonard Cohen. Tobin’s last disc set the  work of WB Yeats, a poet who was also a key influence on Cohen. And for  her latest, she tackles tunes from across Cohen’s long career including  his famous ‘Suzanne’. She uses her own distinctive jazz style, unlocking  the subtleties of Cohen’s incisive observations and moods.


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