Eddi Reader is perhaps Scotland’s greatest living female voice. In 2022, she celebrates her 40th year on stage with a ’40 Years Live’ concert tour which is set to tour across Ireland in February 2022. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.ie and individual venues.
The Irish leg of the tour kicks off in Galway’s Town Hall Theatre on 10 February, before embarking on dates that take in Limerick’s Lime Tree Theatre on 11 February, Cork’s The Everyman Theatre on 13 February, Letterkenny’s An Ghrianan on 16 February, Belfast’s Ulster Hall on 17 February, Wexford’s National Opera House on 18 February, Tralee’s Siamsa Tire on 19 February, Kilkenny’s Watergate Theatre on 24 February, Armagh’s The Market Place Theatre on 25 February and wrapping up in Drogheda’s The Cresent Concert Hall on 26 February.
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 lead 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’ which stormed the charts in the late 1980s.
Throughout her successful solo career, Eddi Reader has released consistently great works, including highly acclaimed albums such as ‘The Songs of Robert Burns’ and last years ‘Cavalier’. She has won Brit Awards, been awarded four honorary degrees, an MBE, sung to millions on some of the world’s greatest concert and festival stages and collaborated with a host of stars across a myriad of genres including Folk, Jazz, Pop, World, Punk and even Classical work with various orchestras.
In 2019 Eddi Reader was invited to be a special guest with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for an extensive tour, she released her ‘Starlight’ EP, played sold out headline shows, 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.
The ’40 Years Live’ tour promises to be something special, as with any Eddi Reader show, the magic is being made in the moment, no two performances are ever the same. Tickets for Eddi Readers ’40 Years Live’ tour are on sale now via Ticketmaster.ie and individual venues.
“One of my favourite singers of all time” Jools Holland
“Just perfect – Eddi Reader gets every song just right” The Sunday Times
“Flawless, not just perfect, world class” R2 Magazine
“Timeless and universal” The Scotsman