THE MAGICAL music of Edith Piaf is set to come to life in Dunfermline next week with Christine Bovill's award-winning show.

PIAF is both a personal narrative and powerful musical homage to one of France's most recognisable musical icons and after sold-out shows and five-star reviews, it's now set to make its debut at the Carnegie Hall.

Glasgow-born Christine celebrates some of Piaf's best-known songs threaded with her own personal story and can't wait to bring the show to Dunfermline.

"I've never performed in Dunfermline before, it's the first time, so I'm very excited," she said. "I was looking at doing it a couple of years ago but the roster was full but now I've got in a booking! It looks great, it's going to be lovely. My grandmother's family were from here so it's a nice link.

"Firstly, and most importantly, for people who are coming along because they've heard about it or they've heard Edith's songs, it's not a tribute show. There's no 'Tonight Matthew' or dressing up – it's my life story with Piaf. It's about old music and jazz and how someone came round with a record of Piaf and I knew my life would never be the same. It's her most famous songs celebrating my story, woven in with Piaf.

"The story is a personal one. It's the personal journey of a young girl's discovery of a record. There is a bit of levity to it and funny anecdotes."

For Christine, it's no surprise that the music continues to enchant audiences as it captured her own imagination at an early age. She said Piaf's music "opened up a whole world" for her, including inspiring her songwriting and even to become a French teacher!

"She was France's biggest musical export of the 20th century," she said. "She has the most remarkable story and never really lost her rough edge. She had an incredible, unique voice and the ability to mesmerise audiences. There were highs and lows and tragic circumstances."

During her sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival in 2012, Christine realised a lifelong dream when she shared the stage with Charles Dumont, great friend of Piaf and, most famously, composer of Non, Je ne Regrette Rien. They performed several songs together to close the show.

"To share the stage with him was a massive moment which led to great things, it really took off for me after that," she said. "I'm very, very lucky it just strikes a chord with people."

Christine Bovill’s PIAF will be coming to Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, September 30. The show starts at 7.30pm and costs £12.50 (£10 concessions). Tickets can be booked at the box office or