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In 2012 Christine won a BASCA British Composers Award for her ninth album ‘Sailing to Byzantium’, her settings of WB Yeats poems. The award included a PRSF commission to write new music. Tobin’s latest album PELT is the result of this commission.
PELT is Christine’s settings of poems and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Paul Muldoon. Although a continuation of her alchemy with fine words and music, PELT marks a new direction and a new musical soundscape. BBC Music Magazine described it as “…feisty original music written by Tobin for a programme that covers the Americana waterfront. The album is a masterclass in songcraft.” Christine leads her 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 result is a rich and engaging collection with her trademark originality.