Eddi Reader – plus special guest Dan Whitehouse
Location: Huntingdon Hall
Date: Thursday 16th November
Eddi Reader grew up in Glasgow and Irvine where she learned to use music as a vehicle for communication through busking and performing at 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 harmonised with Annie Lennox touring with the Eurythmics, after her time with successful punk outfit Gang of Four, but it was warmly remembered Fairground Attraction that really brought her to the attention of a much wider audience. The single Perfect and album First of a Million Kisses both topped the British charts.
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.