Scottish singer Eddi Reader came to Brissie

Brisbane was lucky enough to welcome Eddi Reader’s one night only concert at QPAC on Thursday 16 March 2017.

Eddi was born in Glasgow in 1959 and started playing guitar at the age of ten. 

She commenced her musical career by busking at Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street. 

In the 1980’s she commenced a thirty year recording career that has delivered numerous albums, three BRIT awards and a chart topping single and album in the UK.

Her music is a mix of Scottish ballads, country and pop. Her greatest achievement was in 1988 with that well known single Perfect and album First of a Million Kisses which both topped the UK charts where she was the front woman for successful band Fairground Attraction.

Her recent career has showcased her musical versions of Scotland’s Robert Burns. Burns who lived in the late 1700’s was a Scottish poet and lyricist and was regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic Movement and the greatest ever influence on Scottish literature. Burns became a cult figure during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Eddi was also chosen to sing at the re-opening of the Scottish Parliament Building in 2004 and in 2006 she was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s honours list for her contribution to music.

Her one night concert was the Brisbane leg of an Australian tour that captivated the audience. As well as her four-piece backing band Eddi was accompanied by a string quintet from Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. The blending of the musicians made the concert a once in a lifetime experience to remember.

Eddi was warm, welcoming and engaged active crowd participation. Her vocals were powerful yet at times sublimely tender and her backing-band played with a combination of melody and energetic solo performances. 

Her accordion player was dynamic and a perfect accompaniment for her vocals and Camerata displayed some wonderful performances and violin solo’s.

Eddi’s vocalisation of the Robert Burns poems and lyrics varied from hauntingly beautiful to fast paced and energetic ballads and she always introduced each song with a story that was often witty and kept the audience entertained and laughing out loud.

The concert was unique in its presentation and eminently enjoyable to all in the audience. The close relationship with the audience was evident by the toe tapping, clapping and cheering.

As Eddi Said “It’s always about telling a story and changing the atmosphere. I enjoy that moment that I have with people (in the audience). I want to tell them a story and I want the story to be musical.”  

Words by Peter Lamont

Image by Ferne Millen

Details: Eddi Reader I one night only concert at QPAC I 16 March 2017