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Eddi Reader concert

Eddi Reader

ANOTHER stalwart of the Scottish folk music scene, Eddi Reader, is to visit Shetland for a live show at Mareel this summer.

The flame-haired Glaswegian singer songwriter, known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and in her enduring solo career, has received three BRIT Awards and has topped singles and album charts.

Reader, 54, is described as a singer capable of connecting with audiences using a “rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism” combined with an “astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music”.

She previously performed in Shetland as part of the Transatlantic Sessions at Clickimin in February 2012. Her solo concert is on Tuesday 15 July.

Shetland Arts’ marketing officer Lisa Ward said: “From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song. Her taste in co writers, writers, songs and players is impeccable and anything with her name on it is a guaranteed musical treasure.”

Meanwhile the Yves Lambert Trio will appear at the waterside arts venue on Wednesday 11 June.

Quebec folk music pioneer Lambert, along with Olivier Rondeau and Tommy Gauthier, has since 2010 presented a new sound promising “unusual brilliance and a distinctive personality”.

He previously spent 26 years as a member of La Bottine Souriante, and created the Bebert Orchestra in 2004.

The Yves Lambert Trio

Tickets for both concerts go on sale at the Shetland Box Office next Wednesday.

Meanwhile Shetland Arts has also announced two “unique” live events at Mareel in March: a concert by Catriona McKay and Olov Johansson on Scottish harp and Swedish nyckerlharpa on Sunday 23 March, followed by a comedy performance from Bright Club North, a group of academics taking a break from their research to perform stand-up, on Thursday 27 March.

Catriona met Olov in 2002 when Fiddlers’ Bid shared a bill with Vasen at a concert in Stockholm. They have toured extensively together since – playing a mixture of traditional and newly composed songs from Sweden and Scotland.

The nyckelharpa is a keyed fiddle with 16 strings, which was once used as a weapon in medieval Sweden.

Ward said: “March is shaping up to be a great month at Mareel with amazing events already announced such as Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire and the Shetland Schools’ Musical Festival, and these two unique events are sure to round off the month in style.”

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