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Singer and musician Eddi Reader has been handed an honorary degree by Edinburgh University.

The Glasgow-born musician received the degree of Doctor of Music at the ­McEwan Hall in recognition of her contribution to Scottish musical 

Having started her career busking and performing at local folk clubs, Reader sang with the Eurythmics, The Waterboys and Gang of Four in the early 1980s, before becoming a founder member of the group Fairground ­Attraction.

In 2001, she recorded the classic Songs Of Robert Burns album which was released to international acclaim in 2003.

Reader also performed at the official opening of the 
£414 million Scottish Parliament building by the Queen in October 2004, singing Auld Lang Syne and then encouraging everyone to join in.

The musician was awarded an MBE in the 2006 New Year Honours list for services to singing.