The scintillating Eddi Reader returned to Dublin on Friday night to promote last year’s Love Is The Way album. This was a far more stripped down version than the previous gig, with a four-piece acoustic band made up of great guitarist and main songwriter Boo Hewerdine, accordion player Alan Kelly and Trash Can Sinatra John Douglas.
Tonight’s set list was peppered with Fairground Attraction classics as well as great tracks from her solo canon. Classic opener -Patience of Angels’ proved a popular choice whilst back to back new tracks, the hymnal -Silent Bells’ and the waltz -Dragonflies’, proved just how strong this new album is.
Featured songs from her Rabbie Burns album like the romantic -Ae Fond Kiss’ and -Charlie Is My Darling’ were rambunctiously performed by the band and sensuously executed by Reader herself, complete with her cynical and humourous wit. ‘I’m No folk aficionado, I like messing around with tunes’ she declared before a well received Fairground Attraction double bill of -Perfect’ and -The Moon Is Mine’. Reader’s willingness to challenge convention was proved by announcing (and sticking to) her intention of skipping with -the clichÃ©d formula of go off, applause, encore’. Instead, she played a full set which climaxed in a raucous version of -Willie Stewart’.
Overall a top night’s entertainment from a consummate professional surrounded by exceptional British and Irish talent.
Photo by Dara Costello.