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Eddi Reader MBE (born 28 August 1959) is a Scottish singer, known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career, which in 2003 saw her showcase the works of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.

Reader was born in Glasgow, the daughter of a welder, and the eldest of seven children (her brother, Francis, is vocalist with the band The Trash Can Sinatras). She began playing the guitar at the age of ten, and started her musical career busking, first in Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street, then in the early 1980s around Europe (where she also worked with circus and performance artists).

Back in Scotland, she joined the punk band Gang of Four as a backing singer which led to her first US tour. After leaving the band she started working as a session vocalist in London, singing with such acts as Eurythmics, Alison Moyet and Language.

In 1984, Reader sang for a brief time with disco group Outbar Squeek. Around the same time she teamed up with Mark E. Nevin, a guitarist and songwriter, to record a few of his songs. They subsequently formed Fairground Attraction, together with Simon Edwards and Roy Dodds. In 1988 the band released their first single, Perfect, which became a UK number one, winning best single at the 1989 Brit Awards. Their first album, The First Of A Million Kisses, was also a success, reaching number two in the UK album chart, and winning best album at the 1989 Brit Awards.

This success was short-lived, however.


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  • spidrwegian

    Back the Dogs EP includes covers of Juxtaposed With U, Mona Lisa and Moon River. V nice

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
  • RajhinLXXXVI

    "The Songs of Robert Burns" is a really good traditional album.

    21 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Strawb77

    i would marry her just to hear her singing in the bath

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • FleursAfricains

    My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose ♥

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ijkidd

    Been really enjoying the albums "Simple Soul" and "Angels & Electricity", Eddi's voice is wonderful, but what really shines through is Boo Hewerine's songwriting, I recommend that Eddi fans explore more of his work and songs he writes for others. His latest album "God Bless The Pretty Things" is probably his best.

    16 Apr 2012 Reply
  • emcxmc

    Glasgow Star.

    3 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Mullington

    Eddi-a true folk great.

    31 Mar 2011 Reply
  • fivehungryjoes

    Eddi Reader | Live in Japan - best album I've heard this year. Just magic!

    12 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Inow87

    Eddi Reader is performing toghether with Altan on the 26th of January in Christ Church Cathedral during the Temple Bar TradFest.

    13 Jan 2011 Reply
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    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • spidrwegian

    In fact the more I listen to Love Is The Way, the more I realise what a fantastic album it is! :)

    14 Apr 2009 Reply
  • spidrwegian

    Love Sweet Mountain Of Love from the new album. :)

    13 Apr 2009 Reply
  • badoom_bum

    Charlie is my darling blows my mind

    10 Jan 2009 Reply
  • liammcfadden

    Was at the concert in Gateshead in October 2008 - absolutely amazing!

    30 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Electrofreaks

    The Fairground Attraction album an Mirmama are two of my favorite albums of all time.

    26 Nov 2008 Reply
  • kemi29

    Saw her at Shepherds Bush Empire in London recently. Very chilled and also a really good gig. The new album is a real grower esp title track, New York City, Sweet Mountain of Love and Over It Now. A glorious Kiteflyer's Hill made the night!

    30 Oct 2008 Reply
  • rosstyuk

    The new album is called "Love is the way" and will be available as an exclusive advance pre-release on the upcoming UK tour. The official release will be March 2009.

    22 Sep 2008 Reply
  • vinegarman

    Legendary status is imminent.

    7 Sep 2008 Reply
  • whyohwhyMM

    Great voice. One of my fav's is "Lazy Heart"... such a relaxing song.

    4 Sep 2008 Reply
  • microtribe

    So glad Eddi made it back to the US this year. Hope she comes back soon.

    17 Sep 2007 Reply
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