Readers’ Picks: Fred Eaglesmith “Your Sister Cried”

Mike Ritchie from Glasgow reminds us of the Canadian eccentric genius that is Fred Eaglesmith

This weeks Readers’ Pick comes courtesy of award-winning Celtic Music Radio DJ Mike Ritchie and what a choice it is. Anyone who has ever attended a Fred Eaglesmith show will testify to what brilliant entertainer he is but as Mike tells us there is much more to him than just his stagecraft.

“He must be one of the most under-rated singer/songwriters yet Fred Eaglesmith’s qualities should not be overlooked. And on this song, he excels.

It can be found on his 2002 album, ‘Falling Stars And Broken Hearts’, and for me it grabs from the opening seconds. The lyrics are delivered with poised grit, the pedal steel swoons and the percussion cracks – it is brilliant. First time I heard this song it was sung by Mary Gauthier at a gig here in Glasgow.

Fred’s gigs are marvellous, too: he is very funny and brings a commanding catalogue with him. Hope other readers enjoy my choice”.

How could they not Mike?


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From buying my first record aged 10 and attending my first gig at 14, music has been a lifelong obsession. A proud native of Suffolk, I have lived in and around Manchester for the best part of 30 years. My idea of a perfect day would be a new record arriving in the post in the morning, watching Ipswich Town win in the afternoon followed by a gig and a pint with my mates at night,
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Blimey there’s a hight standard being set here! Excellent choice of someone who doesn’t seem to get a lot of press

Stephen Goldsmith

Millys Cafe is a perfect country song and his tribute to farming and the John Deere tractor is also rather splendid. Great live act too.