WIN! Signed Eddi Reader Albums!

London should be prepared this summer. With the Olympics heading to town, there is already a veritable feast of sporting events dominating the peak summer period. But for those non-sporty amongst you, fear not, for Eddi Reader is set to be one of the highlights of this year’s London Irish Village, which is presented by Under The Bridge and Vince Power. To celebrate her appearance, Eddi Reader has been kind enough to give The Kaje a handful of signed albums from her back catalogue. If you’d like to get your hands on one, simply tell us what band kickstarted Eddi’s career. Answers to jeremy@the-kaje.com by July 25th.

The Kaje talks London Irish Village to Eddi Reader

Eddi Reader has come a  long way since she started her career singing jingles for radio adverts. Known globally for her work as part of Fairground Attraction, whose 1988 “Perfect” is still one of the biggest radio hits to date, and her groundbreaking, critically acclaimed solo releases-which includes the unforgettable recordings of Robert Burns’ poetry-Reader is set to be one of the highlight’s of Under The Bridge’s  London Irish Village this summer. With a new album and tour in the pipeline, The Kaje caught up with Eddi Reader to see what she has planned for her summer…

As The Olympics hit London, so does the Irish Village – how do you see the two complimenting each other?

As the city is full of visitors, it is a great opportunity for them to hear some of the talent from this country.

Musicians are in a constant battle to be at the top of their game, do you see this as a fair Olympic analogy? 

No. I am of the school of thought that competition is for athletics NOT for musicians.  Sure, hearing some musicians play and reach for something different can inspire other musicians to do the same – but music is more eclectic than sport. One person running, jumping, swimming better than another equally prepared person is not the same as two musicians on the same instrument – we are completely peerless and as individual as fingerprints.

If you were performing in the Olympics as opposed to the Irish Village, which event would you compete in? Why?

I would like to think I would have been a great runner. But there’s the other difference between sport and music.  Sports men and women age quickly whereas musicians change and play until they are dead!

If there were one Olympian you could have up on stage for a collaboration-who would it be?

Not a good question for me as I ain’t a sporty person but I loved Muhammad Ali so if he’s an Olympian I’ll pick him.

How much attention will you be paying to the Olympics?

I’ll hook in occasionally – I loved the women’s curling competition I happened upon one night on TV in the early hours and have remembered the excitement of these women from my local town Kilmarnock and Cumnock taking on the world.  Very memorable.  So I hope to see something like that happening where the small town people let their dreams take them to the top!

Do you have any intentions of nodding your head to the Olympics during your set? If so, how?

I don’t have any curling songs if that’s what you mean.

What else can we expect from your show?

Songs and songs and stories

Ireland has a long-running history of musical dominance, what makes Ireland so musical?

Sunsets in the west.

The Irish Village celebrates Irish musicians-do you think it is easy to bag musical output by nationality?

No, culturally people have ancient stories and song which identify them. Who we all are is a culmination of our ancestors and they can be heard through our songs and stories.

Who, would you say, was the biggest Irish inspiration musically for you?

Ruby  Murray, my mother sounded just like her, with a love of melody and romantic song.

The Irish Village aside-what are you most excited for in 2012?

Making a new record.

Eddi Reader plays the London Irish Village on 10th August. More details can be found at http://www.underthebridge.co.uk/news/the-london-irish-village-2012/
Interview by Jeremy Williams

NEWS: The London Irish Village 2012 Unveiled

Some of Ireland’s Best-Loved Artists, Including The Saw Doctors, Nanci Griffith and The Undertones, To Perform As Part Of 16-Night Celebration Of Irish Music and Culture

Under the Bridge and Vince Power are pleased to announce that for sixteen nights during this summer’s games, Under the Bridge in West London will host a unique celebration of Irish music and culture featuring performances from some of the country’s best-loved artists and bands.

Thanks in no small part to its vibrant and hugely diverse music scene, Ireland has long held a reputation as one of the world’s great party towns and, for two weeks starting at the end of July, the likes of The Undertones, Nanci Griffith, Aslan and The Saw Doctors will be bringing the inimitable sound of Ireland to London for what is sure to be one of the must-see festivals of the summer.

“You don’t have to be Irish to participate” says London Irish Village curator and revered music industry mogul Vince Power. “I’ve always had a long history of booking Irish acts in the UK and I’m really happy to be involved in the London Irish Village – it’s our mini Feis this year during the games”.

Expect a heady mix of quality music, traditional Irish food and drink, and great company. The Craic’s Here.

Line-up (more names to be announced in due course):

Nanci Griffith
Fri 27th July 2012

The Undertones
Sat 28th July 2012

Aslan
Sun 29th July 2012

The Saw Doctors
Thur 2nd August 2012

The Saw Doctors
Fri 3rd August 2012

Eddi Reader
Fri 10th August 2012

Tickets start at £17 and are available from www.ticketweb.co.uk andwww.underthebridge.co.uk.

For further details visit www.underthebridge.co.uk and www.thelondonirishvillage2012.com.

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