The three times BRIT award winner remains in awe of the power music possesses to shape our lives and file away memories which can lie dormant for years. The passing of country legend Glen Campbell this week took Eddi back to the days when she was clocking-up the miles trying to balance a musical career with parental responsibilities.
“When I was a young mother, a single parent and the kids were in the back of the car I used to slip ‘Glen Campbell’s Greatest Hits’ onto the car cassette player to drive from London back to Scotland,” she recalled.
“It would be 3am and I’d be trying try to get as far up the road as possible before they woke up. I’d be singing along to ‘Honey Come Back’ and it would have me in tears every time. When I put it on in the daytime the kids would be going crazy. I would stop doing whatever I was doing and the tears would flow because it was such an affecting tune. They way he sung it was my favourite. The boys actually banned me from playing it when they were growing up because they didn’t like to see their mummy cry.
“Songs and I are old buddies. They have accompanied me throughout my life. I love music in all its forms. Music is a fast access to getting to the heart of a human being, softening and making it feel it belongs. That’s what I try to do when I am imparting a song to an audience.”
We can't wait to hear her do exactly that come August 26th - Pauline had this to say:
“We're so excited to be welcoming in Eddi and her band! We're bringing in a much bigger all-weather stage to accommodate them, with Perthshire Sound and Light on board. There's an acoustic stage indoors which will feature all your local favourites with an open mic session for our up-and-coming talent. It's going to be amazing and I know there's something to suit all musical tastes.”
The outdoor festival kicks-off at 2pm on August 26 with acts including The Red Pine Timber Co, Rancho Rebopand the Full Moon Howlers, The Revivals, The Purple Felts, True Gents, The First Ladies of Country and The Cascades. The clubhouse features Dave Low, Tunna, Stop the Rain, Wrens, Longstay, Running wi’ Scissors, Floyd Tomlinson and The Ken Scott Trio.
Families can make a day of it, with the best of Perthshire produce available from Jim Fairlie’s “The Kitchen Farmer,” with “Ruby The Camper Van” operated by Catrina Duncan and Graeme MacFarlane offering prosecco and gin. The marquee bar is also being supported by the award-winning Strathbraan Brewery at Dunkeld.
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