A perfect way to spend 2020’s extra day

Eddi Reader and her band on stage in Tarbert.
Eddi Reader and her band on stage in Tarbert.

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It was an unforgettable evening in Tarbert Village Hall as Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader and her band played a sold-out show on Saturday February 29 – the leap year’s extra day.

It is not the first time Eddi has performed in Tarbert, but the 2020 gig showcased songs and stories from her 40 years in the music business.

Known both for her work with folk/soft rock band Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career, Eddi is the recipient of three BRIT Awards and has topped both the album and singles charts.

She wowed the Tarbert crowd with Fairground Attraction classics, Find My Love and Perfect, as well as material from her solo career, including her smash hit Robert Burns album.

An event spokesperson said: ‘It was a truly beautiful sound to hear the Tarbert audience singing along to the tracks, a real goosebump feeling on what was a shocking night outside the hall.

‘Eddi ensured a warm and cosy atmosphere inside, as she not only possesses the voice of an angel but is a wonderful storyteller too.’

The Tarbert show was kicked off in spectacular fashion with a special video from magician Billy Reid who brings his Watch Closely tour to Tarbert at the end of this month, followed by sets from local rockers FLW and Loch Fyne Pipe Band before Eddi and her band took the stage.

Speaking after the Tarbert show, Eddi said: ‘It’s such a pleasure to come round and play here and the audience is always brilliant! We would love to come back again and again. Thanks to everyone who came out to see us and to the organisers for treating us so well.’

The show was the first in a series from brand new Community Interest Company West Kintyre Promotions.