Review: Christine Bovill’s Piaf
Christine Bovill’s Piaf takes you on a journey of discovery about the girl from the streets of Paris who became one of the world’s greatest musical icons.
Last week’s two nights of music in the Lyric Theatre celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Edith Piaf. Piaf was performed by Christine Bovill, a singer from Glasgow whose love for Piaf has led to a heartfelt and beautiful tribute to the French singer.
Christine is by no means a karaoke act, nor does she try to be Edith, she’s just an awesome singer with a great passion for one of the greatest musical icons.
During Piaf, you learn about the story of Edith, but it’s also the story of Christine which captured the imagination of the audience and perfectly demonstrated the power of music to change someone’s life.
As a teenager growing up in Glasgow, Christine Bovill hated her French class at school. Really hated it! Then a family member encouraged her to listen to an English version of an Edith Piaf song, and immediately it became a life changing moment. As weeks passed, Christine began to listen to the French (and original) songs and her love of Piaf and the French language began. Such was the power of the music that not only did Christine end up becoming a French teacher, but her career as a singer also began.
During this beautiful night of music, Christine talked of her love for her beautiful beloved Belfast and its people. She is so sweet and genuine and humbled by the audience. She’s also an inspiration to anyone to follow your dreams and embrace those life changing moments.
If you ever get the chance to see Christine Bovill’s Piaf, I’d definitely recommend you get tickets and don’t miss out on a special night of music.
I spoke to a French teacher after the performance and she already had regrets, she regretted not arranging for her French class to come along and witness a beautiful night at the Lyric Theatre. Always listen to Edith and remember her signature song, ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’, No, I regret nothing.
by Jeff Meredith