Scottish songstress, Eddi Reader returns to the Grainstore for what will surely be her fourth sold-out show in as many years. She will be joined by her regular band members, John Douglas (guitar & vocals), Boo Hewerdine (guitar & vocals), Alan Kelly (piano accordion) and Kevin McGuire (double bass & vocals).
With her captivating and powerful performance, Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers. What sets Eddi apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance and ability not only to move the listener, but also to connect her experience to that of her audience. Having first hit the limelight in the 1980’s with the group Fairground Attraction (who enjoyed huge chart success with their debut No.1 single Perfect and album First of a Million Kisses), Eddi went on to collaborate on many celebrated projects throughout the years, famously harmonizing with Annie Lennox while touring with the Eurythmics and paying her punk dues with a successful stint in the group Gang of Four. However, it has been Eddi’s subsequent solo albums that have cemented her image as a powerful figure in British music.
Eddi has already started recording a 10th solo album, no release date announced yet but hopefully before this tour starts. She has already started to perform some of the new songs in her current set.
With 9 critically acclaimed solo albums, 3 BRIT awards, a #1 single and MBE in tow, 2016 welcomed the release of her first career spanning compilation entitled, The Best Of, featuring material from across Eddi’s prestigious 30 year recording career. Including thirty of her most consistently beautiful, often deeply personal and intimate songs, Eddi Reader The Best Of gives us a generous insight into her wide ranging artistry and songwriting, time and again showcasing her knack for picking a great song and making it her own. Declared, “a definitive musical portrait of one of the finest voices this country has produced, whether that be in folk, pop or any other genre” by Folk Radio UK.
★★★★★ The Herald ★★★★★ Maverick
“One of Scotland’s Greatest National Treasures” The Scotsman
“Eddi Reader is one of my favourite singers of all time” Jools Holland
“One of the great voices in British music” Acoustic magazine
“The energy she uses in a single performance could probably power a wee village on the outskirts of her native Glasgow” The Scotsman
Cold buffet dinner in Ballymaloe House is available [€50 per person] at 6pm. Please ring Ballymaloe House on 021 465 2531 to book.