Friday 22nd May 2015 -
Eddi Reader grew up in Glasgow where she learned to use music as a vehicle for communicating, whether through busking or performing at the local folk clubs. In the early 1980s, she travelled around Europe with circus and performance artists before moving to London where she quickly became a sought after session vocalist. Eddi famously harmonized with Annie Lennox whilst touring with the Eurythmics. 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 album First Of A Million Kisses both topped the British charts.
However, it was her subsequent albums which signalled an 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 five distinct albums between 1992 and 2001.
Awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to singing, Eddi went on tour all over the world – everywhere from Kolkata to Australia. Constant touring with her band has created a magical organic chemistry between Eddi and her players and the results play out in their brilliant live show.
2010 saw Eddi play sold out shows across the world as well as her Hollywood debut, starring in “Me And Orson Welles” alongside Zak Efron and Clare Danes. Eddi plays a chanteuse in the movie and is featured singing ‘Let’s Pretend That There’s A Moon’ with the Jools Holland Orchestra. The original soundtrack features another two performances from Eddi.
From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song. 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 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.
Support comes from the Alan Kelly Gang.
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Main: Moussaka and Greek salad / Chickpea, spinach and potato bake served with Greek salad (v)
Dessert: Rhubarb and custard fool