EDDI READER (PLUS SUPPORT)
Worcester welcomes back one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.
Eddi Reader grew up in Glasgow and Irvine, Scotland and it was in those towns that she learned to use music as a vehicle for communicating with others through busking and performing at the local folk clubs. In the early ‘80s, Eddi 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. However, 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 parent album First of a Million Kisses both topped the British charts.
It was her subsequent albums which signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them very much her own. Her unerring instinct for fine material, whether self penned, collaborative or a carefully chosen cover version, resulted in the award of an MBE in 2006 for services to singing.
Constant touring with her band has created a magical organic chemistry between Eddi and her players, which can be found on her most recent release Love Is The Way, her seventh solo album.
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 to move the listener and 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, and her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism, combined with an astute and pragmatic nature, makes her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music.
Eddi’s support for the tour is Scottish Singer Songwriter Findlay Napier.
Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01905 611427