Review: Eddi Reader, Rothes Halls

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There really isn’t a finer way to round off a weekend then listening to the wonderful music of Eddi Reader.

She turned a full house at Rothes Halls into a living room gathering - the sort of a place where all were welcome to listen and join in.

Reader’s set list cherry picked tracks from across her career, interspersed with stories which brought to life the characters and stories at the heart of her songs.

‘Perfect’ still sounds utterly joyful all these years on, while her Burns’ interpretations remain without peer, and Boo Hewerdine’s rendition of ‘The Patience of Angels’ simply fabulous.

But, for me, the heart of the show, was her closing number - a song within a story re-enacted on stage.

Reader’s recollection of those great family gatherings where everyone contributes their signature song was very personal - one she brought vividly to life. This was her story, but it was one resonated with everyone whose aunts or gran hosted the same sort of nights where family members from across the generations came together, had a wee dram, and sang with a beauty that can only come from the heart.

Reader’s rendition of ‘Moon River’ was quite beautiful - as warm and intimate in a huge theatre as it would be in her family’s living room.

As gigs go, this was a sheer joy.