Eddi Reader Sings the Songs of Robert Burns

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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: 2/3/2004
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397436821
  • Catalog Number: 974368
  • Sales rank: 59,621

Album Credits

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
Tim Young Mastering
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