Eddi Reader
Dublin Academy
21st February, 2009

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Eddi Reader’s relaxed, comfortable set belies a lady in love with song – “a whore for a good song,” she admits. From the new, Dean Martin-esque Waltz: Dragonflies, to the traditional Robbie Burns’ Leezie Lindsay, she’s comfortable with her entertainer status. A grand version of The Moon Is Mine (with Roy Dodds on drums) sat nicely alongside Declan O’Rourke’s haunting love song, Galileo (Someone Like You). It was therefore a shame that the relaxed evening climaxed in a rushed You Send Me, dominated by a preoccupied, distracted Brian Kennedy on guest vocals. Reader seemed genuinely unaware of the promoter’s intention to get her off before her set was over, as an acoustic rendition of Perfect would’ve topped off a superb evening.

Reviewed by James Masterson
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