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After playing several years with Fairground Attraction Eddi released her first solo album in 1992. Her second solo album Eddi Reader (1994), won the "Best female singer" BRIT Award that year, followed by Candyfloss and Medicine (1996) and Angels & Electricity (1998). She parted from Warner brothers and continued her work on Geoff Travis' Rough Trade label when she recorded Simple Soul (2001) and Driftwood (2002) - a "homegrown" release of songs recorded during the Simple Soul sessions. During this time, Reader also recorded the song "Ocean Love" for the soundtrack of the animated film Help! I'm a Fish (2001). Reader also contributed vocals to one of Big Country's final singles before Stuart Adamson's death, "Fragile Thing."

Reader continued to tour (England, Scotland, Japan, Australia, Spain, the United States, and Ireland). In 2003, she recorded her album of material by Robert Burns, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, leading to good reviews and an international resurgence in interest in Scotland's "bard".

She spent April 2006 touring Australia with Boo Hewerdine and Alan Kelly, following the release of St Clare's Night Out: Live at The Basement, with Australian acts such as David Hosking invited to open the concerts.

Her eighth studio album Peacetime was released in the UK on 29 January 2007 on the Rough Trade record label. Produced by fellow Scottish folk musician, John McCusker, the album features a few Burns composed songs, alongside brand new material with longtime collaborator Boo Hewerdine and The Trash Can Sinatras' John Douglas. Reader promoted the album with a fifteen date UK tour.

In spring 2008, Reader was a special guest at the Hotel Cafe Tour hosted by Tom McRae. In late summer, she revealed on her official MySpace blog that she will be performing in upcoming period-drama Me and Orson Welles, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Zac Efron, Christian McKay and Claire Danes. Reader will perform re-arranged, 1930s standards, with Jools Holland. Reader has previously collaborated with Holland on the single "Waiting Game." The film is expected to be released in 2009./p>

To commemorate the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth, Reader released The Songs of Robert Burns Deluxe Edition in January 2009. The new release brought together the original Burns album with seven additional songs, two from the original 2003 sessions ("Green Grow the Rashes O", "Of A' the Airts"), three from 2007's Peacetime/a> ("Ye banks and Braes", "Aye Waukin O" and "Leezie Lindsay") the unreleased "Dainty Davie", also from that session, and a brand new recording, "Comin' Thro The Rye/Dram Behind the Curtain". The new album was promoted, like the original release, with two sold out shows at the annual Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.

Her ninth studio album Love is the Way, produced by Reader herself, was released on 13 April 2009. In a special arrangement with record label Rough Trade she sold an exclusive, pre-released and minimally-packaged version of the disc on her autumn 2008 UK tour in October and November. Support for the 19 date tour was provided by Lucy Wainwright Roche/a>, daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche of The Roches.