Eddi Reader – new album and Scottish tour

Eddi Reader
Photograph by Sean Purser

‘Light Is In The Horizon Yet’ is the moving first single from Scottish songstress Eddi Reader’s new album of unreleased songs entitled Light Is In The Horizon. The single will be released on Friday 1st April exclusively at Bandcamp, with a full release to follow later in the year.

The song is one of a new collection of beloved tracks chosen by Eddi from recording sessions for her acclaimed Vagabond and Cavalier albums. Eddi penned the track after uncovering a poem called Do Not Say by Thomas Moore in an old music book which belonged to her great grandfather.

At a time when she was feeling downtrodden, Eddi leafed through the book and these words of hope fell out in front of her: Light Is In The Horizon Yet.

Eddi Reader said: “I recently rediscovered a collection of unreleased songs and on listening again, I have found they are beautiful tracks that deserve to be heard.

“This song is my prayer for us all to realise that while we still have warm blood coursing through our veins, we always have light in our horizons.

“I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get to share it with the world and I’m so pleased I’ve been able to revisit and release this material. It comes, rather appropriately, as I look back on the last 40 years, and how my love of music and sharing it with others has been a constant driving force.”

Eddi is joined on Light Is In The Horizon by long-time collaborators and band members including drummer Roy Dodds (Fairground Attraction), Trashcan Sinatras guitarist John Douglas, songwriter and producer Boo Hewerdine, also on guitar, and Steve Hamilton on piano.

The single is her first release since Starlight (2018). Eddi, considered to be one of Scotland’s all-time greatest female voices and performers, returns to stages to celebrate 40 years of making music with a 10-date Scottish tour this April.

From her earliest years playing the folk clubs of west Scotland, to achieving huge international success with her band Fairground Attraction, Eddi’s musical direction has taken numerous unexpected twists and turns.

First rising to prominence as a backing vocalist for bands like Eurythmics and Gang of Four, Eddi then joined Fairground Attraction, who stormed the charts in the late 1980s with their debut album First Of A Million Kisses. Accompanying single, Perfect, was a number one hit in the UK and earned the band ‘Best Single’ at the 1989 BRIT Awards.

Throughout her successful solo career, Eddi has released consistently great works, including highly acclaimed albums such as The Songs of Robert Burns and 2018’s Cavalier.

Over the past four decades, Eddi has 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.

Light Is In The Horizon Yet will be available to buy, stream and download from Bandcamp on Friday April 1st. Visit https://eddireader.bandcamp.com/.

Catch Eddi Reader as she tours Scotland in April for 40 Years Live:

  • 1st April 2022 – Concert Hall, Perth
  • 2nd April 2022 – Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline
  • 3rd April 2022 – Howden Park Centre, Livingstone
  • 14th April 2022 – Albert Halls, Stirling
  • 15th April 2022 – Memorial Hall, Lanark
  • 16th April 2022 – Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries
  • 19th April 2022 – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
  • 21st April 2022 – Music Hall, Aberdeen
  • 22nd April 2022 – Motherwell Theatre, Motherwell
  • 23rd April 2022 – The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

Artist’s website: https://eddireader.co.uk

 

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