Eddi Reader's current tour is to promote her new album "Vagabond", but tonight's concert was a mix of songs old and new. Eddi's rapport with the audience was obvious right from the start, and she continued to tell anecdotes about her life and her family in between the songs. She has a great talent for bringing people to life through her descriptions of them and you could almost feel you'd known her family when she was a wee lassie growing up in Glasgow. Apart from her story-telling ability, Eddi's greatest talent is of course her remarkable voice; she makes such beautiful singing appear effortless. Whether singing songs of love, sadness or longing, her emotions always come through in her singing.
Backed by a six-piece band, and playing guitar herself on several songs, Eddi sang songs from her new album including Married to the Sea, Snowflakes in the Sun, and Macushla, along with old favourites including her first hit (with Fairground Attraction), Perfect. One of the highlights was her tribute to the late Margo MacDonald, with a touching rendition of Ae Fond Kiss, which got probably the biggest applause of the evening.
The show opened with a short set from talented singer/songwriter Yvonne Lyon, who later came back on stage to duet with Eddi.
The whole evening was a joy, and was over far too quickly.
Review by Lisa Sibbald