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Eddi Reader - Baby's Boat

Listen to the new single from Eddi Reader – Baby’s Boat

by on 10 October, 2013

in Folk Music News

Following on from the reissues that saw some of Eddi’s essential solo records made available again earlier this year, Reveal Records are releasing a new single, Baby’s Boat. This delightful song was recorded by Mark Freegard in Eddi’s hometown of Glasgow, with long term song-writing partner Boo Hewerdine, guitarist Ian Carr and husband John Douglas (Trashcan Sinatras) all along for the ride.

In Eddi’s own words…

“The words for Baby’s Boat are from a lullaby I heard in the Robert de Niro film, Awakenings. I’ve always wanted to use them. They were written around 1898 by a woman called Alice Riley who encouraged young women to learn to dance, sing, act, and to be involved in public affairs. She died in 1953 in Pasadena, which is now my brother’s home. We were inspired after a run in with our little babes now turning into adults and teaching us how to let go. We all started jamming with it in my house, Mark captured it on tape, and I spent time editing it into a song.
John came up with this melody from one I improvised. Upon finishing recording I symbolically chucked a bottle with a message in it off the pier at Clydebank. I whispered a prayer into the bottle before screwing down the lid. I watched it float towards the Clyde estuary and on to Argyll and someplace other…Sail Baby Sail.”

The breezy, jazzy lilting melody is capped off with a clarinet solo played by multi instrumentalist Gustaf Ljunggren, who also featured with Boo’s State Of The Union.

Baby’s Boat is released on 4th November2013 by Reveal Records

Eddi Reader November 2013 Tour Dates

1st Manchester RNCM

2nd Cardiff The Gate

3rd Birmingham The Glee Club

5th Bridport Electric Palace

6th Pocklington Arts Centre

7th Holmfirth Picturedome

8th Macclesfield St Michael’s Church

10th Nottingham The Glee Club

11th Milton Keynes The Stables

13th London Union Chapel

14th Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

16th Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre

17th Bury St Edmunds Milkmaid Folk Arts Apex

18th Bingley Arts Centre

20th Stockton ARC

22nd Montrose Town Hall

23rd Dunfermline Alhambra Theatre

24th Dundee The Gardyne Theatre

26th Aberdeen Music Hall

27th Hamilton Townhouse

29th Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

30th Edinburgh Usher Hall


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