Cue and Play: Eddi Reader shares her musical secrets

Eddi Reader: Perfect delivery
Eddi Reader: Perfect delivery

Eddi Reader will be on familiar gigging territory on Monday evening, when she returns to The Stables in Wavendon.

The former Fairground Attraction vocalist has an exceptional voice, as you no doubt already know.

But what you might not know about are the songs that have shaped Eddi, and the ones that mean the most to her.

Read on as Eddi reveals all in our Cue and Play session...

Tell us about the first record you bought

The Wombles of Wimbledon for my sister’s first birthday in 1975. Prior to that we bought cheap Elvis records for our parents from the Barras market.

An album you can’t live without, and why

I love my four singer compilation - Ella, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne and Billie Holiday - it is an eight song anthology, two songs from each of the four singers

Your favourite cheesy disc

I loved Little Bit More by Dr Hook and Let Your love Flow by the Beverly Brothers - are they cheesy?

If we could grant you a wish to meet one musician or band, who would it be and why?

Louis and Ella - I would like to sit around with them singing and learning from them

What question would you ask?

Do you love the music as much as I think you do?

Name a song that never fails to pick you up

Respect by Aretha Franklin

And one that chills you out

Fairytale Lullaby from John Martyn’s first album, London Conversation

What was the first gig you attended?

Bob Dylan at Earls Court in 1978 or 1979, six rows from the front in the centre aisle - my hands were sore from clapping for days

Tell us about your favourite record shop and what the appeal is

Fopp in Byres Road, Glasgow, because the staff know their music

You can step into the shoes of your musical idol for 24 hours. Who do you choose?

Yeek! Most of those I like are dead or lost to us

Is there a new or undiscovered artist you think we need to hear? Spill the beans

I like Lake Street Dive

You can banish one artist to the bargain bin. Who do you choose?

I’d never do that!

> Eddi Reader plays The Stables, Wavendon on Monday evening, with support from Kieran Goss.

To book tickets call the box office on MK 280800.