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Singer Eddi Reader set for sell-out performance in Greenock (From Greenock Telegraph)

FANS of iconic Scottish singer Eddi Reader will enjoy a trip down memory lane when she performs tracks from her first ever greatest hits album in Greenock next month.

But the gig at the Beacon Arts Centre to see the award-winning star live on April 21 is a complete sell-out – and has been for some time.

Eddi will be performing tracks from her new ‘Best Of’ two-disc album.

Despite a decorated career spanning more than three decades, it is her first compilation of 30 of her greatest hits and features tracks like the iconic ‘Perfect’, which she scored a number one with in 1988 with Fairground Attraction.

The album also boasts her famous rendition of Robert Burns’ ‘Ae Fond Kiss’ and ‘My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose’, as well as her recent versions of ‘Moon River’ and Amy Winehouse’s ‘Love Is A Losing Game’.

Eddi said: “It’s incredible, somebody said to me ‘have you not done a compliation before’ but I don’t think I ever have.

“It seemed a good point in my life to do it. It’s been about four years before going back into the studio and I’ve just been getting on with life and just touring a lot as well.

“I thought we need something, a little breather in the middle of everything.

“That to me felt the right thing to do, to have a sort of sample of the whole. It says 30 years but I know it’s been about 40 years!

“When I was a young teenager I was already singing in the street and trying to find answers and looking in the local paper for ‘musicians wanted’ ads all the time.

“I was looking up where I could go, where the studios were, so I was doing that from the age of 15 onwards”

But the three-time BRIT award-winning singer admits she had no say on the tracks that are on the album.

Eddi said: “As Burns said, ‘to see ourselves as others see us’.

“I’m a fan of the man’s philosophy and Tom Rose, who has been managing me for a while, said ‘look I’ll do it and I’ll show you how I see you and what it is that I think shows you off in your best light’.

“With me it would’ve been ‘you missed out that one and this one’ – you’d probably need another three CDs!

“When I sat down and put it on one day I really felt lost in it and I thought it was like looking back over your life and seeing it all flash before me, then just realising quite confidently it wasn’t as bad as I remembered.

“At the time you’re very self-critical of your work, but then when I look back I see myself as a different person.

“I thought ‘that wasn’t bad, for that lassie aged 28 or that lassie aged 38, it wasn’t bad at all’.

“Also the actual bringing back of what I was going through when I recorded something, or bringing up my boys, making sure they were in an after-school club from after school until 6.30pm so I could have time to record and being a single parent, I remember it all.”

Now the singer is excited to be coming back to Greenock – a place she is very fond of – and is looking forward to playing to a capacity crowd at the Beacon.

She said: “If I didn’t have an audience I wouldn’t have a career. They are funding me to keep going and I’m not that stupid that I wouldn’t appreciate that.

“I know what it’s like to spend your money on something, I do it myself – I’m a punter too. I’ll buy tickets for things I want to see desperately so I always try to put on a performance people will remember.”

Source : GreenockTelegraph

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