A village of culture and heritage at the heart of the Semple Heritage Trail
March 8th - 24th
The Friendly Festival
To play a video, click play then immediately go full screen to halt slideshow rotation
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 performing. 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.
Over the last eight years Christine has established herself as a much-sought live performer with a massively successful sold-out Christine Bovill’s Piaf at the Edinburgh Fringe, where the Famous Spiegeltent 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 Piaf play was greatly received by the critics, gaining 5-star ratings from National press. She has toured the show internationally, in the UK, Europe and as far as South Korea, where she was 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.
Christine has performed live on TV and radio many times : ITV, BBC Newsnight and on Radio 4’s Soul Music, and has written lyrics for two tracks on a film score for Sony.
In 2016 she launched her new show, Christine Bovill’s Paris at the Edinburgh Fringe. It won seven 5 star reviews, and saw her pick up the Spirit of the Fringe Award 2017 in Edinburgh.
Christine is currently dividing her time between touring and writing her third album....
"Old-fashioned genius" Dillie Keane
"The most astonishing performer" Nicholas Parsons
"I love her. She sings so beautifully" Charles Dumont
"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