News: Christine Tobin wins Herald Angel Award at Edinburgh Fringe

Christine Tobin and her Herald Angel  Award.
Edinburgh, Augist 2013

Christine Tobin's Leonard Cohen/ 1000 Kisses Deep programme (premiere was covered here) has been awarded an Edinburgh Fringe Herald Angel Award. Rob Adams has written and explained the background to the award:

"The concert, part of the inaugural British Vocal Jazz Festival in the Scottish capital, was Tobin’s first-ever appearance at the world’s biggest arts festival and featured her trio with guitarist Phil Robson and bassist Dave Whitford playing their arrangements of Cohen favourites including Suzanne and Famous Blue Raincoat interlaced with jazz standards and Bobbie Gentry’s 'Ode to Billie Joe'.

Now in their nineteenth year, the Herald Angels are awarded by Glasgow-based newspaper The Herald for excellence across the range of festivals that take place in Edinburgh during August and are much-coveted among performers, companies and event organisers. Previous winners with a jazz connection include The Bad Plus, Jack Bruce, pianists Leo Blanco, Louis Durra and Brian Kellock, trumpeter Colin Steele and drummer Tom Bancroft.

The award follows Tobin’s success in the 2012 British Composer Awards (covered here), where she won an award for best contemporary jazz composition for her album Sailing To Byzantium, on which the Dublin-born artist combined jazz compositions with the poetry of W.B. Yeats."


  1. Cathie Rae of the Scottish Jazz Federation writes:

    Christine Tobin appeared as part of Todd Gordon’s British Vocal Jazz Festival, a first for Scotland in terms of a Vocal Jazz Festival. Most of the concerts which Todd instigated at the new Le Monde “Dirty Martini” venue on George Street were completely sold out for the festival.

    The festival was also funded, in part, by Creative Scotland and Le Monde “Dirty Martini” venue under “Todd Gordon Presents”. Todd will be running year round gigs as well as the festival in 2013 / 2014.

    There was also one very important jazz outfit in the list you have, and who won a Herald Angel in 2005 and that is John Rae’s Celtic Feet. Gone to NZ but not forgotten!

    1. Thank you for posting this.

      Website for the British Vocal Jazz Festival is:

      Cathie Rae
      Scottish Jazz Federation