Music for all tastes at Gardyne Theatre

Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader is in concert at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on Sunday, November 24.
Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader is in concert at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on Sunday, November 24.

If it’s music you are after in November, then look no further than the Gardyne Theatre in Dundee which has a packed programme.

The great line-up starts on Friday, November 1 with Kris Drever and Éamonn Coyne .

Kris Drever, world renowned for his work with LAU, Drever McCusker Woomble, and through his own critically acclaimed solo recordings, can now be seen performing in an exciting new collaboration with Éamonn Coyne.

Éamonn Coyne has performed and recorded with a vast array of people including Siobhán and Tommy Peoples, The Wrigley Sisters, Eileen Ivers of Riverdance, Sharon Shannon, Grammy winner’s Alison Brown and Béla Fleck, and Russell’s House. Éamonn currently plays with the Scottish international band Salsa Celtica with whom he has recorded three CDs, and he also plays with new supergroup Treacherous Orchestra.

On Friday, November 8, some of Scotland’s finest singers and musicians pay tribute to the links between folk music and the struggles of ordinary people in ‘Songs of Struggle’. Taking part will be the Dundee born and bred Sheena Wellington, Carol Laula, Arthur Johnstone, Dave Anderson, and special guests.

This quartet have almost two centuries of performance experience between them and continue to enthuse (and incite) a new generation of activists. They might be imposing austerity, cutting welfare and wrecking the economy, but as Pete Seeger says: “They can’t stop us singing!”

On Thursday, November 14, join popular tenor and BBC broadcaster Jamie MacDougall and his accompaniat Michael Barnett for an evening of music and chat to launch Jamie’s new album. Including songs from every genre of music – classical and opera to traditional Scottish and pop, this is an evening of guaranteed enjoyment.

On Sunday, November 24, Eddi Reader and Guests are in concert - although this has now sold out.

The Scottish singer-songwriter, known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career, is the recipient of three BRIT Awards and has topped both the album and singles charts. In 2003 she showcased the works of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.

Eddi grew up in Glasgow and Irvine where she learned to use music as a vehicle for communicating with others through busking and performing at the local folk clubs. In the early 1980s she travelled around Europe with circus and performance artists before moving to London where she quickly became a sought after session vocalist. She famously harmonised with Annie Lennox touring with the Eurythmics, after her time with successful punk outfit Gang of Four. It was the short-lived but warmly remembered Fairground Attraction that really brought her into the limelight and to the attention of a much wider audience.

However, it was her subsequent albums which signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own. Eddi moved from London to Glasgow in 2001 where she recorded the classic ‘Songs Of Robert Burns’ album released to international acclaim in 2003. She was awarded the MBE in 2006 for services to singing,

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 guaranteed musical treasure.

She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.

Ticket details from the box office on 01382 434 940.