Eddi Reader comes to Aberdeen

Copyright Alexandra Bone
Copyright Alexandra Bone

Former Fairground Attraction singer and solo artist Eddi Reader is to play Aberdeen’s Music Hall in November as part of an eight-date autumn Scottish tour.

Although she was first hit the big time with Fairground Attraction - their single Perfect and parent album First of a Million Kisses both topped the British charts - it has been Eddi’s subsequent solo albums which have cemented her reputation as one of Scotland’s most talented singers and a powerful figure in contemporary British music.

She is renowned for assimilating different musical styles and making them all very much her own, from the traditional to the contemporary.

Eddi grew up in Glasgow and Irvine where she learned her craft busking and 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. She famously harmonized with Annie Lennox 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.

Her unerring instinct for fine material, whether self penned, collaborative or carefully chosen cover versions resulted in the solo albums Mirmama (1992), Eddi Reader (1994), Candyfloss & Medicine (1996), Angels & Electricity (1998) and Simple Soul (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 India to Australia and the same year released her Peacetime album.

Her seventh solo album, Love is the Way was released in 2009, produced by Eddi herself, and was considered to be her best work so far at that time. Her eighth solo album is expected to be released later this year.

Last year, Eddi made her Hollywood movie debut as she featured in Richard Linklaters, Me And Orson Welles with Zak Efron and Clare Danes, playing a chanteuse and singing Let’s Pretend That There’s A Moon with the Jools Holland Orchestra.

Tickets for the Saturday, November 19 gig cost £23.50 and are on sale now at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.