Scottish roots win out over pop-star past
HER biggest hits may well have been almost 25 years ago, but don't expect to see Fairground Attraction's Eddi Reader, pictured, on a nostalgia-driven Eighties package tour.
She has been asked, more than once, to relive her days as a Top Of The Pops act and Smash Hits cover star.
"I said no," she says. "Why would I do that? Just to go out and sing for three minutes? I'm not a commercial artist, I'm not out for what I can get."
Her steadfast refusal to saddle up for nostalgia tours is understandable, given that the last decade has seen Eddi reconnect with her Scottish roots to great acclaim.
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Having worked with the likes of Alison Moyet, Eurythmics and post-punks Gang Of Four before finding chart success fronting the short-lived but fondly remembered Fairground Attraction in the Eighties, the Glasgow-raised singer says she found herself "stuck in London".
She says: "In 2001, I wanted to go home, I wanted to reconnect with something."
Working on a new album, she looked back to her formative days in the Scottish folk clubs in the late Seventies and realised that many of her favourite traditional songs were penned by the great Scottish wordsmith Robert Burns.
The success of the resulting release, Eddi Reader Sings The Songs Of Robert Burns, has defined her career over the last decade.
Constant touring with her band has created a magical organic chemistry between Eddi and her players. While renowned for her technical vocal ability, it is her passion and instinct that combine to ensure she connects emotionally with her audience.
This year got off to a busy start when she toured as a special guest with the now legendary Transatlantic Sessions. In addition, there have been various festival performances throughout the summer.
A new album is on the way; in the meantime, she is touring the UK this month and next, calling in at the Corn Exchange in Exeter on October 20. Details: www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange or call 01392 665938.