Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs “Kiteflyer’s Hill,” a tender look back at a lost love. With Thomas Dolby on piano. Scotland-born Reader was an ’80s pop star in the UK, where her band Fairground Attraction had a #1 hit with the supercatchy “Perfect.” Now, as a solo artist, her sounds has matured; quiet acoustic arrangements and gentle harmonies put her lush voice front and center. TED Music Director Thomas Dolby calls her his favorite singer of all time.
Albums such as Candyfloss and Medicine and Angels & Electricity established her as a thoughtful songwriter and interpreter, with an affinity for wistful songs of longing and loss — and a nice sideline in what used to be called “message” songs, which call to the listener to think about war and peace, the Earth and our place in it.
Reader has also become a noted interpreter of the poems of Robert Burns. Her latest album, Peacetime, offers a compelling mix of Burns lyrics, traditional folk tunes and new songs written by Reader and her longtime songwriting partner, Boo Hewerdine.
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