Eddi Reader Sings the Songs of Robert Burns

Eddi Reader Sings the Songs of Robert Burns

by Eddi Reader
     
 

Eddi Reader has proven her worth as a sublime singer of pop and folk material (and beyond), but this returns her full-bore to her Scottish roots. Born from the concerts she did at the 2002 Celtic Connections festival, it's a decidedly lush performance that hauls in several well-known Celtic names like Phil Cunningham, …  See more details below

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Eddi Reader has proven her worth as a sublime singer of pop and folk material (and beyond), but this returns her full-bore to her Scottish roots. Born from the concerts she did at the 2002 Celtic Connections festival, it's a decidedly lush performance that hauls in several well-known Celtic names like Phil Cunningham, John McCusker, and Ian Carr to help her along. But it's Reader's rendition of Robert Burns' classics that's the key here. She picked familiar material, songs that have become part of the folk continuum that can be both a blessing and a curse. But she reinvents something like "My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose," investing it with rich emotion. She positively flies on the more romantic songs, such as "Ae Fond Kiss," but she brings a surprising depth to "Charlie Is My Darling" and the chestnut "Auld Lang Syne," and "Ye Jacobites" sizzles with tension. The arrangements go for the cinematic rather than the intimate, putting them on the dangerous edge of new age. But such is the quality of everyone involved that there's no danger of teetering over and it becomes a tour de force. It is one of the highlights of Reader's splendid career, and even "Wild Mountainside," decidedly not a Burns song, fits in perfectly.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2004
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397436821
catalogNumber:
974368
Rank:
32251

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Performance Credits

Eddi Reader   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Ian Carr   Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Roy Dodds   Percussion
John Harrington   Viola
Boo Hewerdine   Acoustic Guitar
David Inglis   Double Bass
John McCusker   Violin,Human Whistle,Cittern
Ewen Vernal   Double Bass
Phil Cunningham   Piano,Accordion,Human Whistle
Janet Reid   Violin
Bob Yeomans   Violin
Royal Scottish National Orchestra   Strings
Robert Mitchell   Double Bass
Ian Budd   Viola
Betsy Taylor   Cello
Wanda Wojtasinska   Violin
Marion Wilson   Violin
William Paterson   Cello
Jeremy Fletcher   Cello
Colin Reid   Acoustic Guitar
David Amon   Viola
Christine Hanson   Cello
Edwin Paling   Violin
Claire Dunn   Viola
Pauline Dowse   Cello
Andrew Martin   Violin

Technical Credits

Ian Carr   Arranger
Eddi Reader   Arranger
Boo Hewerdine   Arranger,Producer
John McCusker   Arranger,Liner Notes
Robin Rankin   Engineer
Ewen Vernal   Arranger
John Morris Rankin   Composer
Phil Cunningham   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Colin Reid   Arranger
Christine Hanson   Arranger
Robert Burns   Composer

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