IRISH born NYC based singer and composer Christine Tobin is on a 12-date UK tour of her critically acclaimed album Pelt and visits Turner Sims, Southampton on Thursday February 1.

Pelt is Christine’s settings of poems and lyrics by contemporary Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Paul Muldoon. A stellar band will join her for these performances. Multi award-winning Brooklyn poet Eva Salzman will be joining her for the Southampton show.

Christine has been an integral part of the UK music scene for many years and is renowned for her unique rich voice and original compositional style. With eleven highly acclaimed CDs under her own name and four major awards under her belt, Christine is treasured in the UK and far beyond as one of the leading lights on the contemporary scene.

For this tour, Christine will lead 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 seed of the idea for setting Paul Muldoon’s poems came when the pair were invited to collaborate and perform a piece at the Kilkenny Arts Festival back in 2011 and the texts chosen for the Pelt collection are a mix of his poems and lyrics.

"Pelt strikes that most elusive of balances between familiarity and strangeness, by turns recalling Tom Waits, Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell, without being beholden to any particular genre or influence... music that veers from grungy, post-industrial grooves to wispy romanticism to abstracted contemporary classical, all played with punkish attitude...” The Irish Times ****

Turner Sims, Southampton