7th Dec, 2016

Chart topping singer takes to Warwick Arts stage

Shaun Reynolds 28th Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

FANS of Pop, Folk and Jazz will descend on the Warwick Arts Centre as singer, songwriter, Eddi Reader MBE makes a special appearance on November 5.

Eddi will be performing some of her favourite songs in the company of Irish accordionist Alan Kelly, guitarist John Douglas, bass player Kevin McGuire plus English songwriter and guitarist Boo Hewerdine.

Described as “one of the great voices in British music” Eddi’s appearance at the Warwick Arts Centre is one of ten tour dates in November across a two week period.

A former singer in the band Fairground Attraction – who blitzed the music charts in the late 80s with their number one hit ‘Perfect’ – Eddi is excited to bring her work to Coventry and admits she feels very blessed with the way her career has evolved.

Eddi told Observer reporter Shaun Reynolds that she can’t wait to perform at the Arts Centre given its surrounding where she believes she can focus on the song and delivery of her music.

She added: “I toured Ireland and have plans in place to visit Germany soon.

“When I play in front of audiences they get involved very quickly – I don’t see many differences culturally.

“I love playing in the Midlands – being in the area on a Friday night is completely different to the Midlands on a Wednesday night where they’d be more of a pub atmosphere for me.”

Eddi naturally took to singing when she first started singing at the age of seven and has gone from singing to her classmates at school to in front of over 60,000 people at various festivals across the globe.

From there Eddi gathered various people who lived on her street to sing at her local pub before studying to become an artist.

After years of busking, the 56-year-old realised she had a skill and promptly started making a living from her vocal talent.

Eddi added: “I was making a small fortune doing my busking work and started singing with Eurythmics which took me to America and it all went from there.

“From ’82 until ’88 I performed with Fairground Attraction where I honed my studio skills and experienced my first number one record which was surreal.”

After losing confidence, Eddi attempted to make a solo album before gradually weaving her way back into the music industry following a deal with Warner Brothers.

Eddi said: “To make it big in the music industry you need the contacts – I was blessed to have a record plugger who was strong friends with various DJ’s at the time.

“People listened to my music regularly on the radio but nowadays with websites such as youtube and soundcloud it’s easier to gain exposure – all I have from people is help and I’m grateful for that.”

For more imformation about Eddi and her upcoming tour, visit www.eddireader.com