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EDDI READER: Eddi Reader is perhaps Scotland’s greatest living female voice. In 2021, she celebrated her 40th year on stage with a ‘40 Years Live’ concert tour, her performances just get better and better.
From her earliest years playing the folk clubs of western Scotland and learning how to street sing across Europe (like her hero Edith Piaf) Eddi’s path soon lead her to a professional career in music as a backing singer for Eurythmics and Gang of Four. Her band Fairground Attraction had huge international success and number one hits with ‘Perfect’ and debut album ‘First of a Million Kisses’ which stormed the charts in the late 1980’s.
Throughout her successful solo career, Eddi has released consistently great works, including highly acclaimed albums such as ‘The Songs of Robert Burns’ and last years ‘Cavalier’. She has won Brit Awards, been awarded four honorary degrees, an MBE, sung to millions on some of the world’s greatest concert and festival stages and collaborated with a host of stars across a myriad of genres including Folk, Jazz, Pop, World, Punk and even Classical work with various orchestras.
In 2019 Eddi was invited to be a special guest with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for an extensive tour, she released her ‘Starlight’ EP, played sold out headline shows and recorded a programme for BBC Radios’ Classic Scottish Album series about her Robert Burns recordings and appeared on BBC Television’s Songs of Praise and as part of Billy Connolly’s ‘Made In Scotland’ series.
“Just perfect – Eddi Reader gets every song just right” – The Sunday Times
“Flawless, not just perfect, world class” – R2 Magazine
“Timeless and universal” – The Scotsman
“a voice that floats like honey” – Acoustic
“Eddi has the rare ability to tell personal and often intimate stories, but to leave them open to everyone” – Record Collector
“One of my favourite singers of all time” – Jools Holland
Support: JILL JACKSON:
“A superb album which has shades of Joni Mitchell. very impressive.” **** Maverick Magazine
‘ARE WE THERE YET?’ the new album by independent Glasgow singer/songwriter Jill Jackson was released on 18th May 2018. Supported by a sell out album launch at St Luke’s Glasgow on the same day followed by a UK Tour. This album is lauded as Jackson’s best yet. Recorded in Glasgow and produced by award winning producer Boo Hewerdine (Emily Barker and Eddi Reader) ‘Are We There Yet?’ features contributions from some of Scotland’s finest musicians.
The singer songwriter from Paisley, Scotland has recently received the auspicious nod from industry bodies after winning the acclaimed ‘Danny Kyle’ award at Celtic Connections coupled with being named as one of the top ten acts tipped as the ‘UK Country’s Next Big Thing 2018’. Jackson boasts a strong online following which has accumulated over 1 million video hits (You Tube – we’ve counted) staggering for an independent artist.
Having previously been signed to a major label (Innocent/EMI) by Hugh Goldsmith back in 2002 Jackson has intentionally remained under the radar slowly shaking the shackles of the major label perceptions and their revolving door of artists.
“Being signed to a major label is an amazing experience when you are 22. But with a major comes the moulding into something you never intended to be. I was on tour with a boyband (Blue) touring arenas when all I wanted was to play at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. This made everything harder once I was dropped. I immediately packed and left for Nashville to play The Bluebird Cafe, to a standing ovation. This started my true musical journey. Learning from all the artist I watched live on stage as a teenager Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin and Allison Krauss.”
“Going from a pop artist to a country artist confused a lot of people and was perceived as being a stereotypical move to be seen as a ‘serious’ artists. But this who I have always been. To all the people that misunderstood me ……Are We There Yet?”
Are We There Yet? is a journey through childhood, loss, life struggles and ultimate happiness. These momentous changes of life and reflective nature flow through every word and note of the 10 new songs – an uplifting, accomplished, mature record.
“These songs fell out of my heart and guitar with a little bit of country, rock n roll and old timey.”
Having previously worked and toured with Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Albert Lee, Runrig and Mel C (Spice Girls), Jill Jackson performed to sold out crowds across the UK in May/June 2018 …..and even opened for Gretchen Peters at the BBC Quay Sessions.