FROM BACKING vocals with Gang of Four, to lead vocals with Fairground Attraction, to acclaimed solo artist, Eddi Reader has every reason to celebrate her 40 years in the music business.
Rightly regarded as one of Scoatland’s finest singers, Eddi is marking her 40 years in music with her '40 Years Live' concert tour, which opens in the Town Hall Theatre on Wednesday March 23, before proceeding to Cork, Drogheda, Wexford, Armagh, Belfast, and Dublin.
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 Reader’s path soon led 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, in the late 1980s.
Throughout her successful solo career, Eddi Reader has released highly acclaimed albums such as The Songs of Robert Burns and 2018’s Cavalier. She has won Brit Awards, been awarded four honorary degrees, and an MBE.
In 2019, Eddi was invited to be a special guest with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for an extensive tour - Jools has called her, “one of my favourite singers of all time”. That year also saw her release the Starlight, recorded a programme for BBC Radio's 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.