Christine Bovill

Award winning chanteuse, and a singer songwriter in her own right, Christine Bovill has built her reputation on the massively successful 5-star sell-out shows, PIAF and PARIS.

In both, she beckons you back to the Golden Age of French Song; a demi-monde of heroes and outcasts, cynics and bruised romantics. No gimmicks. No pretence. Nothing but a voice – smoky, evocative and emotive – singing of life’s triumphs and tragedies.

PIAF is both a personal narrative and a powerful musical homage to France’s most endearing icon Edith Piaf. Despite the sorrow of Piaf’s story, this is an evening of celebration – a tale of human triumph over tragedy; and at its heart, a unique performance by a woman widely regarded as one of the finest interpreters of French chanson. Bovill has toured throughout Europe and the Far East with her self-penned homage to the Little Sparrow, appearing on BBC Newsnight and on the BBC Radio 4’s series, Soul Music. Charles Dumont, Piaf’s great friend and composer of Non, Je ne Regrette Rien, even made the journey from Paris to join her on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe (Famous Spiegeltent). Validation for Christine’s performance doesn’t come any higher than this.

In PARIS Christine beckons you back to the golden age of French Song; a demi-monde of heroes and outcasts, cynics and bruised romantics. With drama, pathos and pizzazz, the show casts a sepia-tinged spotlight on the songs and stories of Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, Barbara, Juliet Greco, Charles Aznavour and more, interspersed with wonderful anecdotes from the period. Come and be transported into a Parisian scented twilight world of song.

Christine Bovill has built a formidable reputation as a songwriting jazz chanteuse. Born into a Glasgow family where folk music was the flavour of the age, Christine characteristically explored her own inclinations, finding a delight in jazz and cabaret, which she has been developing ever since.

Tour plans for 2018 include London, Ireland and Berlin.

ONE NIGHT ONLY – 31 May 2018 – PARIS at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall (click link for tickets and info)

PRESS QUOTES

  • ***** The Herald
  • *****Bovill is a great storyteller and she brings the songs to life with terrific panache and dramatic flair The Scotsman
  • Something that will stay with you for the rest of your life… I wasn’t prepared for the effect her voice would have on me Sunday Times
  • That voice, which is once heard, never forgotten Metro
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