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Eddi Reader Celebrates 40 Years as an Entertainer

Apr 5, 2019

Eddie is celebrating her 40th year as a live performer, a career which started in 1978 singing on Scottish country rock tours, then appearing on worldwide festival and concert hall stages with Gang of Four and Fairground Attraction through the eighties and her own successful solo live career which continues to this day.

Eddie grew up in Glasgow and Irvine, Scotland and it was in those towns that she learned to use music as a vehicle for communicating with others through busking and performing at the local folk clubs. In the early 1980s, Eddi travelled around Europe with circus and performance artists before moving to London where she quickly became a sought after session vocalist. She famously harmonized with Annie Lennox touring with the Eurythmics, after her time with successful punk outfit Gang of Four. It was the short-lived but warmly remembered Fairground Attraction that really brought her into the limelight and to the attention of a much wider audience. The single Perfect and parent album First of a Million Kisses both topped the British charts.

However, it was her subsequent albums which signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own. Her unerring instinct for fine material, whether self penned, collaborative or a carefully chosen cover version resulted in 5 albums from 1992-2001

Through these years Eddi based herself in London, but in 2001 she decided to move home to Glasgow where she recorded the classic Songs Of Robert Burns album released to international acclaim in 2003.

Awarded the MBE in 2006 for services to singing, she took her Burns songs on tour all over the world and found connections to the bard everywhere from Kolkata, India to Sydney, Australia. In 2006 she released Peacetime on Rough Trade Records featuring the finest traditional players in the United Kingdom and produced by Folk Musician of The Year, John McCusker. Constant touring with her band has created a magical organic chemistry between Eddi and her players and the results of this relationship can be found on her most recent release.

From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song. Her taste in co-writers, writers, songs and players is impeccable and anything with her name on it is guaranteed musical treasure. Whilst the perfection of her technique is widely acknowledged, what sets Reader apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience. Her passion and instinct move people in a way reminiscent of those who have influenced her work. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.

“Just perfect – Eddi Reader gets every song just right” The Sunday Times

Starlight her new EP is being released to coincide with her 2019 UK tour.

Tour dates as follows:

April 18th 2019 Motherwell Motherwell Civic Centre
April 19th 2019 Kilmarnock Palace Theatre
April 20th 2019 Aberdeen Music Hall
April 21st 2019 Inverness Eden Court Theatre
April 23rd 2019 Dundee The Gardyne Theatre
April 24th 2019 Kirkcaldy Adam Smith Theatre
April 25th 2019 Greenock Beacon Arts Centre
April 26th 2019 Edinburgh Festival Theatre
May 24th 2019 Kendal Brewery Arts Centre
May 25th 2019 Bollington Bollington Recreation Ground
June 13th 2019 Halifax Square Chapel Arts Centre
June 14th 2019 New Brighton Floral Pavilion
June 15th 2019 Stamford Stamford Arts Centre
June 16th 2019 Taunton Brewhouse Theatre
June 18th 2019 Cardiff Tramshed
June 19th 2019 Manchester Stoller Hall
June 21st 2019 London King’s Place
June 22nd 2019 Harpenden Harpenden Public Halls
June 23rd 2019 Cambridge Junction
June 25th 2019 Bury St Edmunds Apex
June 26th 2019 Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
June 27th 2019 Pocklington Arts Centre
June 28th 2019 Durham The Gala


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