by Kerry Dexter

A really fine blend of modern day songs, folk songs, material Reader has written herself, and a bit of Robert Burns comprise Scotswoman Eddi Reader’s latest release, Peacetime. There’s a song she wrote not long after the bombings in London called Safe As Houses which eloquently and succinctly gets at that wish for safety for loved ones that’s been disturbed by the course of events in the world of late, and another, The Shepherd’s Song, which is a graceful blending of old and new musings about safety and connection and peace. Folks song, night on the town celebration, and labor organizing all come into The Calton Weaver, and there’s a bit of collaboration between Burns and Reader on Leezie Lindsay.

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Reader, who found pop success as lead singer of the band Fairground Attraction, has in recent years taken her solo career in a more folk and more Scots direction. With Peacetime, Reader offers a fine blend of well seasoned material, and her voice only gets better with each adventure. John McCusker produced the project and leaves plenty of room for all the colors of Reader’s voice to shine out.

Kerry Dexter writes about music and creative practice at Music Road, and writes a regular music column, Voices, at Gather.com. Her credits also include VH1, FolkWax, Strings, the folk music magazine Dirty Linen, and The Encyclopedia of Ireland and the Americas.

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