Eddie Reader returns for local gigs on new tour

Internationally acclaimed, Scottish songstress, Eddi Reader, returns to Ireland this February 2011 for 13 performances nationwide, including a date at Longford's Backstage Theatre.

Internationally acclaimed, Scottish songstress, Eddi Reader, returns to Ireland this February 2011 for 13 performances nationwide, including a date at Longford's Backstage Theatre.

The tour will mark Eddi's third consecutive Irish tour and she will be joined by her band including John Douglas, Boo Hewerdine and Irish piano accordionist, Alan Kelly.

Best known as former front woman for Fairground Attraction, (who's number 1 single, 'Perfect' and parent album, First of a Million Kisses, both topped the British charts) Eddi has had a long and varied career.

She famously harmonized with Annie Lennox touring with the Eurythmics and had a successful stint with punk outfit, Gang of Four.

Since striking out on her own in 1992, Eddi has won a Brit Award for 'Best Female Singer' (1994) as well as releasing seven acclaimed solo albums including the classic 'Songs Of Robert Burns' for which she was awarded an MBE for 'Outstanding Contributions to the Arts' (2006).

2010 saw Eddi play sold out shows worldwide, promoting 'Love Is The Way' (her seventh solo album, released March 2009 on Rough Trade Records).

It also saw Eddi's Hollywood movie debut as she featured in Richard Linklater's, 'Me And Orson Welles' with Zak Efron and Claire Danes. Eddi plays a chanteuse in the movie and is featured

singing 'Lets Pretend That There's A Moon' with the Jools Holland Orchestra.

The original soundtrack also features another two performances from Ms. Reader. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings to joyous life all forms of song.

Her taste in co-writers, writers, songs and players is impeccable and anything with her name on it is a guaranteed musical treasure. Whilst the perfection of her technique is 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 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.

Eddi Reader Irish tour dates in February 2011, with support by Heidi Talbot (selected) include two venues locally - February 10 Longford Backstage Theatre www.backstage.ie; February 15 Carrick on Shannon The Dock www.thedock.ie.

For More Info: www.eddireader.com

Eddi Reader ... playing locally this February.