Eddi Reader: Still perfect after all these years

by Gazette Reporter

Eddi Reader once sang that “It’s got to be perfect…”, and she is bringing her perfect voice and folk stylings back to Ireland later this month.

Gazette Music caught up with Eddi as she prepared to take the stage at the BBC Radio 2 British Folk Awards, held in Glasgow last week, and she was thrilled and looking forward to sharing the stage with one of her inspirations.

“I’ll be on stage singing Caledonia with my heroine, Barbara Dickson. She’s a remarkable inspiration to lassies like me growing up, she was one of the few women standing on a stage with a microphone and a guitar. She was the queen of the folk scene, so it will be great to hear her singing tonight.”

Bringing the show back to Ireland, Eddi will be honing some of the songs that may form the foundations of her upcoming album, which she will be going into the studio to record in the coming months, a process she is looking forward to.

“I’ve been working on the new album, spending the last two years collecting ideas, and it’s time to go into the studio now. I’ve booked the time and it’ll all work out. There’s a point when you need to invest yourself and get involved in the record. The songs will dictate the sound – you don’t know sometimes where they’ll be going, until they start talking to you.”

Eddi says that one of the things she enjoys the most about performing is connecting with an audience on a personal level.

“What I do has to be in the moment, and I enjoy it so much. I’m delighted when someone comes up to me after a show saying that they were blown away when they only knew me from Perfect and Fairground Attraction.”

Asked about what she likes the most about coming to perform in Ireland, Eddi was unequivocal about the reasons.

“The fact that the audience listening are as musical as me. They know what they like, and they share the moments with me. Irish audiences are very open people in a way that I recognise from where I come from, that people are musical and sing songs at the drop of a hat.”

Eddi brings her Irish tour to the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire on February 15, Draiocht in Blanchardstown on February 15, and Whelan’s on February 20.

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