Eddi Reader

Sadenia “Eddi” Reader MBE (born 29 August 1959) [1] is a Scottish singer-songwriter, Berninahaus zowel for re work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career. She is the recipient of three BRIT Awards and has topped zowel the album and singles charts. [2] In 2003, she showcased the works of Scotland ‘s national poet, Robert Burns .

Early career

Reader was born in Glasgow , the daughter of a welder , and the eldest of seven children [3] (re brother, Francis , was vocalist with the band The Trash Can Sinatras ). She was nicknamed Edna to re parents. Living at first in the district of Anderston, Glasgow, in a tenement slum demolished in 1965, the young family moved Reader to a two-bedroomed flat in the estate or Arden, Glasgow.

In 1976, due to overcrowding the family was re-housed 25 miles from Glasgow, in the council development or Irvine , Ayrshire; however, Eddi Returned to Glasgow (where she lived with re grandmother) to finish re compulsory Schooling. [4] She Began playing the guitar at the age of at, and started re musical career busking , first in Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street , dan in the early 1980s in London and around Europe (where she’ll be worked with circus and performance artists).

Back in Scotland, while finding factory work in Irvine and working part-time in Sirocco Recording Studio in Kilmarnock, she Answered an advert in the music press and traveled to London to audition and join the punk band Gang of Four , who needed a backing singer for hun appearance on British television music show The Old Grey Whistle Test and for hun UK tour. This led to re first US tour with the band. After returning to the UK and leaving the band, she started working as a session singer in London, picking up work singing jingles for radio advertisements and singing with industry leaders acts as Eurythmics , The Waterboys , Billy MacKenzie John Foxx and Alison Moyet . [5]

Fairground Attraction

Main article: Fairground Attraction

In 1984, Reader Returned to the UK from Paris, where she had been working as a singer for the composer Vladimir Cosma . Through re contact with the brass section session players The Kick Horns in London, she signed a contract with EMI , and Recorded two singles with the disco group Outbar Squeek. Around the time together, she with and Asked Mark E. Nevin , a guitarist and songwriter from the band Jane Aire and the Belvederes to write for re en ze Recorded two songs as The Academy of Fine Popular Music . Way Down subsequently formally Fairground Attraction , together with Simon Edwards ( guitarrón – a Mexican acoustic bass guitar) and Roy Dodds (drums & percussion). In 1988 the band signed to RCA / BMG Records and released hun 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 framing was a success, reaching number two in the UK Albums Chart , and winning best album at the 1989 Brits.

This success was short-lived, however. In November 1989, after a break, prolongation welke Reader was re first child, Charlie, with re French-Algerian partner Milou, arguments arose binnen the group, and Nevin abandoned a recording session for the second album, welke Eventually led to the splitting or the band. A makeshift second album, a collection of B-sides and live tracks, Ay Fond Kiss , was rushed out de volgende year.

Solo career

Reader Returned to Scotland, but voordat she embarked on re solo career she took a temporary detour JSON acting. She played will Jolene Jowett, a singer and accordionist , in John Byrne’s Your cheatin ‘Heart , [2] a comedy drama series for BBC Television , set in the country music scene in Scotland. In 1993 Reader was the presenting of BBC Scotland ‘s No stilettos , [6] a music performance programs Recorded in Glasgow. Her other acting credits include playing the part of Joy 3 from the Michael Boyd (artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company ) production or Janice Galloway’s The Trick Is to Keep Breathing . This was a BBC Radio 4 production in 1996 and is ook a Tron Theatre production the co year.

Returning to London, Reader worked on new material with a backing band Calling Itself The Patron Saints of Imperfection (made up of Roy Dodds, Neill and Calum MacColl, and Phil Steriopoulos). This became re first solo album, Recorded for RCA Records : 1992’s Mirmama . She with Geoff Travis who signed re to Warner Brothers subsidiary label Blanco Y Negro , The managing director Rob Dickens executively produktie re second solo album Eddi Reader (1994), welke won re the “Best female singer” BRIT Award dat year, [2 ] Followed by Candyfloss and Medicine (1996) and Angels & Electricity (1998). She tool parted from Warner Brothers and continued re work on Geoff Travis’ Rough Trade label als she Recorded Simple Soul (2001) and Driftwood (2002) – a “Homegrown” release of songs recorded during the Simple Soul Sessions. During this time, Reader ook Recorded the song “Ocean Love” for the soundtrack of the animated film Danish Help! I’m a Fish (2001). [ Citation needed ] Reader ook Contributed vocals to one or Big Country ‘s final singles voordat Stuart Adamson ‘s death, “Fragile Thing.”

Reader continued to tour (England, Scotland, Japan, Australia, Spain, the United States, and Ireland). In 2003, she re Recorded album or material to Robert Burns , with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra , leading to good reviews and an international resurgence in interest in Scotland’s ” bard “. [7] [8]

In 2004, Reader singing at the re-opening of the new Scottish Parliament building, where she was Presented to Queen Elizabeth II . [9] She has DESCRIBED the experience: “I was honored to sing at the opening of the parliament although I almost did not get to. I wanted to sing Auld Lang Syne ” as I thought dat mention anything about port leg perfectly for the politicians with everyone shaking hands but they ‘wanted me to sing it in’ F ‘key and that was not the key for me so I Told Them I was not doing it. it was only at the last minute dat I Eventually Agreed. ” [10]

She spent April 2006 touring Australia with Boo Hewerdine and Alan Kelly, volgende the release of St. Clare’s Night Out: Live at The Basement , with Australian acts zoals David Hosking Invited to open the concerts.

Reader’s eighth studio album, Peacetime , was released in 2007 on the Rough Trade record label. Produced by fellow Scottish folk musician, John McCusker , the album features a few Burns Composed songs alongside original material with long-time collaborator Boo Hewerdine and The Trash Can Sinatras ‘ John Douglas.

In spring 2008, Reader was a special guest at the Hotel Cafe Tour hosted by Tom McRae . In 2009, she Performed in period drama Me and Orson Welles , [11] directed by Richard Linklater and starring Zac Efron , Christian McKay and Claire Danes . [12] Reader Performed re-Arranged 1930 standards, with Jools Holland , with Whom she had to post collaborated on the single “Waiting Game”.

To commemorate the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth, Reader released The Songs of Robert Burns Deluxe Edition in January 2009. [2] The new release brought` together the original Burns album with seven songs additional_image_link, two from the original 2003 sessions ( “Green Grow the Rashes O “,” Of A ‘the Ăirts “), three from 2007’s Peacetime (” Ye banks and Braes “,” Aye Waukin O “and” Leezie Lindsay “) the Unreleased” Dainty Davie “, turned from dat session, and a brand new recording, “Comin ‘Thro the Rye / Dram Behind the Curtain”. The new album was promoted, like the original release, with two sold-out shows at the annual Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.

In 2009 Reader released re ninth studio album, Love is the Way In this housing was self-produktie. In a special agreement with record label Rough Trade she sold an exclusive, pre-released and Minimally-packaged version of the disc on re 19 date autumn 2008 UK tour. [13]

In early 2010 Reader Appeared on the Irish language album Ceol ’10 column Siar , singing an Irish language version of the Fairground Attraction song “Perfect” called “Foirfe”. In January she released a live album on re own label and sold exclusively through re online store, live in Japan . Recorded from the sound desk at re Japan shows in September 2009, it was mastered and mixed by Mark Freegard who had worked on the 2009 album Love is the Way .

Personal life

In 2013, Reader married John Douglas, a songwriter and member of the Trashcan Sinatras .


“No decent human being English kan fail to see how this” union “is flawed from the English side. There is a distinct difference tussen walking … side by side … arm in arm. Or being as IGNORED if the ribbon the back pocket of English psychedelia. I saw it, overheard it, watched it … EXPERIENCED it. ” – Eddi Reader, 25 February 2013 [14]

Reader’s writing a book for publication in 2016 about re Great-Uncle Seamus (or James) Reader, who was head of the Scottish Brigade of the Irish Republican Brotherhood , als the Irish War of Independence broke out in 1919, later Becoming a founder of the abortive Scottish Republican Army, welke Attempted to replicate the Irish struggle in Scotland tussen de wars. [15] On Facebook, she posted dat he “was in command of 4,000 Scots involved in the Irish Rising build-up and the Irish war against The British state. In rating the story I fact represented my Ancestor was passing the baton to me to tell the truthful story of this time ” [16] Reader has a bone prominent lawyer for the Yes Scotland movement, campaigning for a Yes vote in the referendum for Scottish Independence from the United Kingdom. [17] Her outspoken appearance on the British television program Question Time resulted in her being widely criticised for “unfocused nationalist emotion”, [18] with one viewer threatening on Twitter to cut re tongue out. [19] Reader has zegt she is “an egalitarian who believes in the autonomy of small nations, it’s unconscionable therein Those who call people ‘Nationalists’ for Wanting hun country to manage zijn eigen wealth, do not recognise the ‘nationalistic’ choice or Supporting a ‘BRITISH nation.’ ” Reader has claimed therein, in reprisal for re advocacy for Scottish Independence, Lord David Steel zegt, in a debate on Scottish Independence in the House of Lords dat Reader’s work on Robert Burns was “murdering Burns’ simple melodies.” Reader ook claims the newspaper The Scotsman , in reprisal for Reader Choosing to advocate a yes vote, had published a story mischaracterising re political views and misrepresenting re Gt Uncle as a Nazi and leader in the Irish Republican Army , [16] stating: “there’s people out there in Scotland, met name in the Press, and met name at The Scotsman – welke is a very wrong names for that paper, Because they ‘do not believe in Scotland at all; they’ believe in London management – who believe dat Scots do not Deserve the vote. I do not want to be in dat team. ” [15] She has Issued a formal appeal to the Press Complaints Commission , alleging therein: “The article was Trying to Portray ALL people Wanting to port Scots running Scotland and Independence Voters as maintaining links with the early Fascists. The journalist Scrapped around and With You to attach my great-uncle, who supported Independence, to a ‘Nazi’ group and a terrorist organization, customizing hateful responses and threats to my family. ” [20]


The Robert Burns project saw Reader Awarded an MBE for outstanding contributions to the arts in the New Year’s honors list of 2006. [21]

In May 2007 she was Awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Strathclyde . [22] Later dat year she was Recognised for re contributions to music and to the education and Encouragement of young musicians with an honorary doctorate and a Doctor of Letters from Glasgow Caledonian University . [23] In June 2008 she RECEIVED Another doctorate for re musical work, this time from the University of Stirling , [24] and in 2013 she RECEIVED an honorary Doctor of Music Award from the University of Edinburgh. [ Citation needed ]



  • Mirmama (1992) UK No. 34 [25]
  • Eddi Reader (1994) UK No. 4 [25]
  • Candyfloss and Medicine (1996) UK No. 24 [25]
  • Angels & Electricity (1998) UK No. 49 [25]
  • Simple Soul (2001)
  • Driftwood (2001)
  • Sings the Songs of Robert Burns (2003) Ireland No. 32
  • Peacetime (2007)
  • The Songs of Robert Burns Deluxe Edition (2009)
  • Love is the Way (2009) UK # 109
  • Vagabond (2014) Ireland No. 62

Live albums

  • Eddi Reader Live (2001)
  • Eddi Reader Live: Edinburgh (2003)
  • Eddi Reader Live: Newcastle (2003)
  • Eddi Reader Live: Leeds (2003)
  • Eddi Reader Live: London (2003)
  • St. Clare’s Night Out: Live at The Basement (2006)
  • Port Fairy Folk Festival (2008)
  • Live in Japan (2010)

Fairground Attraction

  • The First or a Million Kisses (1988)
  • Ay Fond Kiss (1990)
  • Kawasaki – Live in Japan 2.7.89 (2003)
  • The Very Best of Fairground Attraction (2004)

Film Soundtracks

  • Batman Forever: Music From The Motion Picture (1995)
    • ” Nobody Lives Without Love ” [26]
  • Bed of Roses (1996)
    • ” The Right Place ” [27]
  • Love & Sex (2000)
    • “Honeychild” [28]
  • My First Mister (2001)
    • “Bell, Book and Candle” (1999) [29]


  • The Blanco Y Negro Years (2015)
  • The Best of Eddi Reader (2016)


  1. Jump up^ Biography page at Eddi Reader.net
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c d Dingwall, John (9 January 2009). “Eddi Reader: i can not wait to pay tribute to Robert Burns” . Daily Record . Retrieved 25 April 2009 . [ Dead link ]
  3. Jump up^ O’Rourke, Lynn (1 April 2007). “Q & A with Eddi Reader” . The Scotsman . Retrieved 18 April 2009 .
  4. Jump up^ “Sings the Songs of Robert Burns” (PDF) . 12 May 2003 . Retrieved 18 April 2009 .
  5. Jump up^ Eddi Reader at NME
  6. Jump up^http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/12574132.Rock_makes_a_point_with_No_Stilettos/
  7. Jump up^ Hodgkinson, Will (16 May 2003). “Life performers” . The Guardian . Retrieved 4 April 2009 .
  8. Jump up^ White, Bill (3 February 2004). ” ” Songs of Robert Burns’ a magnificent gift from the heart of Scotland ” . Seattle Post-Intelligencer . Retrieved 4 April 2009 .
  9. Jump up^ “Building Opens” . The Scottish Parliament . Retrieved 12 May 2014 .
  10. Jump up^ Biagi, Marco (26 November 2013). “Eddi Reader chats to The Edinburgh Reporter ahead or Usher Hall concert” . The Edinburgh Reporter . Retrieved 12 May 2014 .
  11. Jump up^ “Filmography by year for Eddi Reader”. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  12. Jump up^ MySpace
  13. Jump up^ MySpace
  14. Jump up^ “Eddi Reader: Here’s To A New ‘Union’ Between Two New Independent Countries” . National Collective . Retrieved 12 May 2014 .
  15. ^ Jump up to:a b “Eddi Reader: still going for the Burns” . The Belfast Telegraph . 24 January 2014 . Retrieved 12 May 2014 .
  16. ^ Jump up to:a b Peterkin, Tom (29 September 2013). “Eddi Reader reveals great-uncle’s life as IRA chief” . The Scotsman . Retrieved 12 May 2014 .
  17. Jump up^ Small, Mike (7 January 2014). “Who better to convince Scots to reject Independence dan English celebrities?” . The Guardian . Retrieved 12 May 2014 .
  18. Jump up^ McCartney, Jenny (30 November 2013). “Scottish Independence: There’s a child or magic in our united kingdom” . The Telegraph . Retrieved 12 May 2014 .
  19. Jump up^ Martin, Kate (11 December 2013). “Why is the Scottish Independence debate dominated by one?” . New Statesman . Retrieved 12 May 2014 .
  20. Jump up^ “Musician’s anger at newspaper ‘Swastika Revenge” smear ” . Newsnet Scotland . 3 October 2013 . Retrieved 12 May 2014 .
  21. Jump up^ Queen honors star-studded one piece Scots
  22. Jump up^ University of Strathclyde
  23. Jump up^ “Nicola’s degree or success” . Evening Times . 28 November 2007 . Retrieved 25 April 2009 .
  24. Jump up^ University of Stirling Dr Eddi Reader MBE
  25. ^ Jump up to:a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 452. ISBN  1-904994-10-5 .
  26. Jump up^ “Soundtracks for Batman Forever (1995)”. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  27. Jump up^ “Soundtracks for Bed of Roses (1996)”. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  28. Jump up^ “Soundtracks for Love & Sex (2000)”. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  29. Jump up^ “Soundtracks for My First Mister (2001)”. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 18 February 2012.