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. After some years of English teaching by day and singing in the jazz haunts of her native city, Christine quit the classroom to pursue a career in entertainment.
Her natural progression into songwriting would reveal a major talent, one devoted to the power of the lyric. She won the Glasgow Festival of Songwriting and soon released Derby Street, her first album and BBC Radio Scotland’s Album Of The Week.
She has performed live on ITV, BBC Newsnight and on Radio 4’s Soul Music, and has written lyrics for two tracks on a film score for Sony. She has collaborated with Scottish Playwright, Ian Heggie and Scottish singer, James Grant.
The last five summers have found Christine establish herself as a much-sought performer with a massively successful sold-out Christine Bovill’s Piaf show at the Edinburgh Fringe, where the Famous Spiegeltent has provided the perfect setting for her act; and where she realised a life-long dream when she shared the stage with Edith Piaf's great friend and last composer, Mr Charles Dumont.
Her self-penned play, Christine Bovill’s Piaf, greatly received by the critics, gained 5-star ratings from the Scotsman and The Belfast Telegraph. She has toured the show internationally, including South Korea, accompanied by a symphony orchestra.
She completed her second album, arranged and produced by Glasgow's The Strange Blue Dreams, A Roots Affair, stirring in the tangle of vintage pop, chanson and Americana. Last year she launched her new show, Christine Bovill’s Paris at the Edinburgh Fringe. It immediately won three 5 star reviews, including “Fringe Bible” The Scotsman.
"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
“A sonic combination of dark chocolate and cigarettes” - Bluesbunny
“That voice, which is once heard, never forgotten” - Metro
“Bovill’s stage presence and voice are exquisite …This is indeed five star entertainment.” - David Petherick EdinburghFestival.org
"Bovill conveys the pathetic nature of the song with few gestures, her voice carrying all before her, its honeyed subtleties wringing pathos from every line. Forget the ululating gymnastics of The X Factor or The Voice, this is how you sell a song" - Culture Northern Ireland