Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Eddi Reader at Basement Discs

Despite the fact that I am on leave this week from work, I took time to go into the city to see the remarkable Eddi Reader perform live at a Basement Discs in store today.

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Eddi Reader with Alan Kelly(concertina) & Boo Hewerdine (guitar)

It was well worth the effort, as Eddi is a superb performer and possesses a truly beautiful voice, almost operatic in the way she uses it.

She has been touring Australia this past month as part of the Brunswick Music Festival and Apollo Bay Festival among other gigs.

She has a new CD called Love Is The Way which she gave us sample of this afternoon. She sang Dragonflies a song about living life to the full, and Dandelions which is her tribute to housewife superstar Susan Boyle and Leezie Lindsay which is from her album of Songs of Robert Burns. She also performed the title track of her new CD - a beautiful song.

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She puts her whole heart and soul into her performances, they’re passionate and thrilling. She trills whilst playing an air violin, and seizes the microphone like a rock star.

Boo Hewerdine on guitar and Alan Kelly on the concertina, added sterling accompaniment.

She was born in Scotland and has a quaint accent and calls “small” wee in true highland fashion.

A special treat indeed was Eddi Reader and you can read, see and hear more about her on her website.

2 comments:

whisperinggums said...

Nice review - I saw her over Easter at the National Folk Festival and found her engaging and energetic. Dragonflies is in many ways a simple, pop-py sort of song, but her voice gives it a lovely edge. I have bought it through iTunes. She told some good stories too...

whisperinggums said...

Nice review - I saw her over Easter at the National Folk Festival and found her engaging and energetic. Dragonflies is in many ways a simple, pop-py sort of song, but her voice gives it a lovely edge. I have bought it through iTunes. She told some good stories too...all in all one of my highlights of this year's festival.