Former Fairground Attraction singer Eddi Reader in Southampton date

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Former Fairground Attraction singer Eddi Reader is at The Brook in Southampton on Thursday, November 3 (doors 8pm), with John Douglas, Alan Kelly and Boo Hewerdine.

Eddi Reader was brought into the limelight with Fairground Attraction and their single Perfect and parent album First of a Million Kisses which both topped the British charts.

“However, it has been her subsequent solo albums which signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own”, said a spokesman.

“From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings to joyous life all forms of song and what sets Reader apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music.

“She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.”

Eddi Reader grew up in Glasgow and Irvine, Scotland and it was in those towns that she learned to use music as a vehicle for communicating with others through busking and performing at the local folk clubs. In the early 1980s, Eddi travelled around Europe with circus and performance artists before moving to London where she quickly became a sought after session vocalist.

She famously harmonized with Annie Lennox touring with the Eurythmics, after her time with successful punk outfit Gang of Four.It was the short-lived but warmly remembered Fairground Attraction that really brought her into the limelight and to the attention of a much wider audience.