Singer Eddi Reader returns to Sheffield next week with a new spring in her step.
She brings her band to the Memorial Hall on Thursday with a fine new album, Vagabond, and after pulling through a difficult time in her life.
She married John Douglas, of The Trashcan Sinatras, a couple of years ago. “With that we are both blissful, but in other things we were challenged. John developed an incurable illness and we were distracted by health issues and family troubles. I took a while to steady my feet about all of that.
“Then by the end of the year, I knew I needed to pull the fellas together and try recording live – if only to bring myself back to land. The good news is John is walking the road to recovery and will get better.”
Recording sessions at the start of last year were “amazing”, and now there’s the chance to hear the songs on stage, as well as being reminded of a wonderful voice that caught most people’s ears as a result of Fairground Attraction and the big hit, Perfect.
Her songs are a sublime mix of folk, pop and jazz, and she never strays far from her Scottish roots, recording ‘Songs Of Robert Burns’ to international acclaim in 2003. The singer, who was awarded the MBE in 2006, is touring with John Douglas, Alan Kelly, Boo Hewerdine, Kevin McGuire and Roy Dodds.