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Eddi Reader headlines St Andrew’s Day Celebrations

St Andrews is the perfect place to spend St Andrew’s Day! This year, a whole afternoon of open-air events will take place today along a 250-metre stretch of South Street, which will be closed to traffic for the day. The afternoon is a celebration not just of traditional Scotland, but also of modern, multicultural Scottish society. All events are FREE OF CHARGE.

Beginning at 1.30pm, attractions will include:

1330 Comperes Gus Lymburn and Derek Johnstone take the stage

1335 Edinburgh Banghra Crew

1405 Siamsoir Irish Dance Performance Troupe and the Irish Dance Academy

1435 Edinburgh Banghra Crew

1450 Street theatre featuring a 40-strong troupe from Byre Youth Theatre under the direction of Conflux

1505 Siamsoir Irish Dance Performance Troupe and the Irish Dance Academy

1545 Anderson McGinty Webster Fisher (top folk-rock band)

1615 Street theatre featuring a 40-strong troupe from Byre Youth Theatre under the direction of Conflux

1700 Our headline act: EDDI READER AND BAND One of Scotland’s most thrilling and affecting performers, Eddi Reader was first brought into the limelight as front woman for Fairground Attraction – whose #1 single, Perfect, topped the British charts. She has just released her 10th solo album.

1745 Festive Lights Switch on – sponsored by Rufflets Country House Hotel

1745 Street theatre featuring a 40-strong troupe from Byre Youth Theatre under the direction of Conflux

1800 Madras College Pipe Band parades along South Street

1830 (or slightly earlier if ready)  “Dancing Feet” ceilidh band on stage – dancers to be on street, spectators on pavements please! No dancing experience required, the band will guide you.

1930 Ceilidh concludes.

With a career spanning over 3 decades, Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers. First brought into the limelight as front woman for Fairground Attraction – whose #1 single, Perfect, topped the British charts. Eddi’s 10th solo venture, Vagabond(Feb 2014) is a captivating, deeply personal, yet universal sounding recording, it features a cast of well-chosen musicians and long-term musical collaborators.

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