Friday 30 September 2022
Eddi Reader is perhaps Scotland’s greatest living female voice. In 2021, she celebrated her 40th year on stage with a ‘40 Years Live’ concert tour, her performances just get better and better.
From her earliest years playing the folk clubs of western Scotland and learning how to street sing across Europe (like her hero Edith Piaf) Eddi’s path soon lead her to a professional career in music as a backing singer for Eurythmics and Gang of Four. Her band Fairground Attraction had huge international success and number one hits with ‘Perfect’ and debut album ‘First of a Million Kisses’ which stormed the charts in the late 1980’s.
Throughout her successful solo career, Eddi has released consistently great works, including highly acclaimed albums such as ‘The Songs of Robert Burns’ and last years ‘Cavalier’. She has won Brit Awards, been awarded four honorary degrees, an MBE, sung to millions on some of the world’s greatest concert and festival stages and collaborated with a host of stars across a myriad of genres including Folk, Jazz, Pop, World, Punk and even Classical work with various orchestras.
In 2019 Eddi was invited to be a special guest with Jools Holland‘s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for an extensive tour, she released her ‘Starlight’ EP, played sold out headline shows and recorded a programme for BBC Radios’ Classic Scottish Album series about her Robert Burns recordings and appeared on BBC Television’s Songs of Praise and as part of Billy Connolly‘s ‘Made In Scotland’ series.
“Just perfect – Eddi Reader gets every song just right” – The Sunday Times
“Flawless, not just perfect, world class” – R2 Magazine
“Timeless and universal” – The Scotsman
“a voice that floats like honey” – Acoustic
“Eddi has the rare ability to tell personal and often intimate stories, but to leave them open to everyone” – Record Collector
“One of my favourite singers of all time” – Jools Holland
Images: Sean Purser