She lures her audience back to the Golden Age of French chanson, a romanticized demi-monde of cynical heroes and bruised outcasts.
She performs the songs and stories of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Barbara, Juliette Gréco and Charles Aznavour with devoted enthusiasm and a wonderful jazzy and smoky voice.
Already as a child she raved for the „little sparrow of Paris“ and sang her songs without even knowing French. Bovill emancipated herself from the influence of her family in Glasgow, where folk music was the flavour of the age, and developed her inclinations towards jazz and cabaret. She won the Glasgow Festival of Songwriting and soon released her first album „Derby Street“, which became BBC Radio Scotland’s Album Of The Week, this was followed by a number of live performances on English television.
Christine Bovill finally had her big breakthrough with her Piaf show, which received acclaimed reviews and sold-out venues. She toured internationally with the show, as far as South Korea, accompanied by a symphony orchestra.
Her second album was arranged and produced by the Glasgow Band „The Strange Blue Dreams“, an exciting mixture of vintage pop, chanson and Americana.
In 2016 she launched her new show „Christine Bovill’s Paris“ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and got immediately the highest review score. There is where the artistic director of the BAR JEDER VERNUNFT Lutz Deisinger became aware of her and invited Christine Bovill to her first show in Germany.
“A sonic combination of dark chocolate and cigarettes” Bluesbunny