Christine Tobin 'You've Got A Friend'

with Liam Noble and Phil Robson

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Last Show: Monday 9 th May 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

The multi-award-winning vocalist Christine Tobin sings with two of the U.K.’s leading jazz musicians; pianist Liam Noble & guitarist Phil Robson, both long term musical collaborators. ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ will include songs from Christine and Liam’s album ‘Tapestry Unravelled’, their version of Carole King’s celebrated ‘Tapestry’ LP. Also there will be a selection of originals from all three, alongside choice jazz classics. "She's got one of those voices that can move from pure, pastoral-edged folk whimsy to big angry blues mama in a single phrase; from world-weary interpreter of show tunes to howling rock diva within a single note." Time Out

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“One of the most gifted and original singer/songwriters in today’s jazz world.”

BBC Music Magazine


Having been an integral part of both the New York City and London scenes for many years, Christine is now based in the West of Ireland.

Her unique, rich sound was described by The Guardian as ‘Tobin’s 24 carat voice’. Her expressive range acknowledges finely acquired jazz, folk and twentieth century classical influences. She can be junkyard blues philosopher, snappy beat seductress, a conduit for exquisite zen-like harmonies, or reflective Americana. MOJO Music Magazine said of her “Christine Tobin really transcends glib genre-fiction…..everything is shot through with an unmistakable refinement, free-spirited earthiness and giddy romanticism, this singer-songwriter is in a field of one".

In 2012 she won a BASCA British Composer Award for her settings of poems by WB Yeats. The following year 2013, her striking interpretations of Leonard Cohen songs won a Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival and in 2014 she was awarded “Jazz Vocalist of the Year” at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Earlier in her career Christine won “Best Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards. 

Liam Noble : Pianist 

One of the most sought after musicians on the European scene, Liam has played with countless musicians at home and abroad.

As well as his additional releases “Close Your Eyes”, “In The Meantime”, “Romance Among The Fishes”, “Brubeck”, he also works with Mark Lockheart’s “Malija”, Chris Batchelor’s “Pigfoot”, Julian Siegel, Christine Tobin, Ingrid Laubrock’s improvising trio “Sleepthief”.  Other collaborators have included Lionel Loueke, Eric Harland, Drew Gress, Larry Grenadier and duos with Dave Liebman and Tim Berne. His new recording “ The Long Game”, on Edition records, features Tom Herbert and Sebastian Rochford.

Phil Robson guitarist is a multi-award-winning guitarist & composer, originally from the UK who relocated to New York City in 2015 for five years and is currently based in Ireland. He has led bands featuring jazz legends such as David Liebman, Mark Turner, Billy Hart, James Genus, Marc Copland & many more as well as working as a sideman with Kenny Wheeler, Barbra Streisand, Steve Lacy, Charles Earland, Donny McCaslin, Django Bates, The BBC Big Band, Ingrid Jenson, Phil Woods, Mike Gibbs, Bob Brookmeyer, Steve Wilson and a hugely diverse spectrum of internationally renowned artists.  

In Europe he is renowned as the co-leader of the cult UK band ‘Partisans’ with 

saxophonist Julian Siegel which ran for 23 years. In New York he is best known for his collaboration with the master saxophonist/composer Jed Levy. 

Band Line Up

Christine Tobin (vocals)

Liam Noble (piano)

Phil Robson (guitar)