Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader is hoping for a Perfect time as she heads out on tour – including shows in Chesterfield and Wath-upon-Dearne.
Following a tour of Ireland last month, the 55-year-old Glaswegian is hitting the road in England and Scotland – including a date in Chesterfield on Wednesday and a show at the Wath Festival later this year.
Eddi shot to fame as the lead singer with Fairground Attraction in the late 1980s, but is now more likely to be seen on the road with just a guitar and a couple of supporting musicians.
And she is excited to be back on the road in the UK.
“I’m just restarting on the road and every beginning is a new one to me,” she says. “We finished in Ireland three weeks ago, so we have had a wee break,
“Now we’re just ready to get on the road again. There’s nothing finer than being in good company and playing music.”
Fairground Attraction enjoyed huge success in the late 1980s, with debut single Perfect and album First of a Million Kisses both topping the UK charts and Perfect being crowned best single at the Brit Awards.
However, Eddi says she cannot guarantee to perform the song at Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel on Wednesday.
“Sometimes I forget to sing it,” she says. “I get so involved in the company and the evenings flow that it sometimes keeps itself quiet, but these days it has a 95 per cent chance of wanting sung.
“I’m not sure what fans can expect, but if anyone ever puts their finger on it can they let me know. I’m kinda spontaneous.
“People who come and see or hear me make me feel honoured to be allowed to sing to them.”
And Eddi hailed audiences in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.
“The boys who play with me are also amazing musicians, so I don’t tend to separate people,” she says, “but what I’ve noticed about the Sheffield area of this world is a sense they enjoy a good song and story just like me.
“Every experience I have is a surprise to me. I see brilliant life and music coming through all types of people. Sheffield is just as brilliant as anywhere.”
And despite her years in the business, she says she still loves what she is doing.
“I don’t get involved in the ‘industry’ of music,” she says. “I still see magical talented, musical kids being driven to communicate and as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. Amen.
“You always have to look out for tricksters and chancers. Love and music first - business comes if that’s there first.
*Eddi Reader & Band play the Winding Wheel, Holywell Street, Chesterfield, on Wednesday, from 7.30pm. For tickets, priced £22, visit www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk
Eddi is also performing at the 2015 Wath Festival. She will perform at Montgomery Hall, Church Street, Wath-upon Dearne, on Sunday, May 3, alongside Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, and Annabelle Chvostek.
For tickets, priced £25, visit www.wathfestival.org.uk