|Tags:||female vocalists pop scottish folk 80s jazz|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
This jazz/folk-tinged Anglo/Scottish pop band comprised Eddi Reader (Sadenia Reader, 28 August 1959, Glasgow, Scotland; vocals), Mark Nevin (b. 13 August 1959, Ebbw Vale, Wales; guitar), Simon Edwards (guitaron, a Mexican acoustic guitar-shaped bass) and Roy Dodds (drums). After art school Reader made her first musical forays as backing singer for the Gang Of Four. She moved to London in 1983 where session and live work with the Eurythmics and Alison Moyet kept her gainfully employed. She first linked with Nevin for the Compact Organisation sampler album The Compact Composers, singing on two of his songs. Nevin and Reader began their first collaborations in 1985, after Nevin had graduated by playing in one of the numerous line-ups of Jane Aire And The Belvederes. He was also closely involved with Sandie Shaws mid-80s comeback. Around his songs they built Fairground Attraction, adding Edwards and Dodds, a jazz drummer of over 20 years standing who had...