Had a lovely time returning to BBC Radio Norfolk at The Forum to be the studio guest of Keith Greentree on The Big Country Show. We had a great chat talking all things country and favourite artists such as Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss. Two of my tracks were also played.
The show is also broadcast on BBC Suffolk, BBC Essex, BBC Radio Northampton, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Three Counties Radio and is available to Listen Again from 21 minutes in, after Garth Brooks:
Delighted to have written my first article for iSing Magazine. The ultimate resource for singers. I’ve written about country music, some of the great artists and its history and how to sing in a country style. Issue 21 out now and available here
Special fun Christmas show announced! Looking forward to singing my festive originals and also some covers at the cool Blue Joanna in the Golden Triangle. Out now! my 5 track acoustic Christmas EP with 3 originals and 2 covers. Available on SoundCloud
Original festive singles “When Christmas Comes Around” and “St Benedict’s Christmas Fair” available on BandCampAlso my entire digital discography for sale at a special price on BandCamp
Some exciting news ~ my incredibly talented student Breeze has just returned from LA where she won many awards at the World Championships of Performing Arts, an international performing arts talent competition in Hollywood!
Among her many awards, Breeze won 4 Gold, 2 Silver and Overall Champion twice. She also won an Industry Award, meaning she is most likely to make it in the music industry.
I’m also really proud that ‘Courage’ her recent debut single that I wrote, won Best Original Song. As a songwriter, to gain recognition for your songs is the biggest thrill. Courage was also recently played on BBC Introducing so it’s all really exciting that the song is continuing to receive recognition.
I’ve also been continuing to promote ‘Another Place and Time’ which has earned more lovely reviews including from Songwriting Magazine, Outline Magazine and the respected roots singer/songwriter magazine R2 who have described it as ‘classy songwriting and a heartfelt vocal delivery.’
I recently released the second single from it called ‘Remember Me’ which has had airplay on various folk, Americana and country shows including Baylen Leonard’s The Front Porch on Amazing Radio. Here’s an acoustic unplugged version in a very cool music room:
Festival season is in full swing and I started my festival appearances by playing again at Dubs in the Hall festival in the beautiful surroundings of Holt Hall. There’s always a lovely family atmosphere there.
Another festival with a wonderful atmosphere is Latitude which was excellent as always and so much fun on a particularly sultry day and evening. Among the many exciting and eclectic bands I saw, the highlight was seeing one of my favourite bands New Order headline on the Sunday night, my legs were very tired afterwards from dancing!
In tribute I’ve done an acoustic cover of ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’
Upcoming festival appearances include another VW festival, White Noise near Thetford where I’ll be closing the Woodland stage on Sunday 7th August. White Noise is the first VM and music festival established in Norfolk over 13 years ago and is a truly independent festival that celebrates diverse live music and provides many free creative activities for children.
On August 21st I’ll then be playing on the Soapbox Stage at Folk East which is held at the picturesque Suffolk estate of Glemhall Hall. Described by The Guardian as “one of the best world music, roots and folk festivals in the UK, for 2016” Folk East is in its fifth year and among its usual exceptional headliners in the world of folk and roots is Eliza Carthy who I supported at OPEN last year. I’m really excited to be performing on The SoapBox Stage for the first time as the stage, run by creative producer Amy Wragg, an independent Music & Spoken Word promoter, is renowned for showcasing a mix of new and established artists.
I’ve been so pleased with all the airplay for ‘Another Place and Time’ before and since its release and also the lovely reviews coming in. Thanks to Songwriting Magazine who have described it as “Elegant and tender folk, country and Americana” and to Outline Magazine for an amazing 8 out of 10! “what a powerfully emotive voice she possesses…this realises what Lisa does best – heartfelt English country infused with the unmistakable air of Americana.”
I’ve just done an interview with Mark Watkins where I discuss the EP and also talk about lots of other passions, writing about music, my favourite Americana and The Smiths releases also my involvement in the People’s History of Pop which is now on BBC4. Read the full interview here
Had a lovely time chatting about Breeze’s single ‘Courage’ on Mustard TV. We’ve been so happy with how the song and its video have really resonated with people and thanks to the guys there for having us on the show!
Very excited to announce that my brand new EP ‘Another Place and Time’ will be released through Proper Distribution on April 8th! There are details about it in my new music column published in today’s Evening News. Can’t wait to share it with you all!
It’s been a very busy week as I’ve also been preparing the release of my student Breeze’s debut single which is called ‘Courage’ written by me. That is also going to be released through Proper Distribution, so impressed were they by the track, on April 1st.
Earlier this week I was asked to step in as special guest for rising folk star Kelly Oliver who was performing at the Bicycle Shop. Sadly her support Marina Florance had to pull out due to illness. It was nice to perform to an appreciative audience and lovely to meet the very talented Kelly:
I also managed to find a little bit of time to record a live cover of one of my favourite songs, ‘All the Luck in the World’ by Neal Casal who has been a huge inspiration to my songwriting. I really love the lyrics and melody and hope you enjoy!
It’s only February but already there has been lots going on! Here’s some words from my latest music column for the Evening News. Last week I was interviewed for a great upcoming music project. BBC4 will soon be broadcasting the People’s History of Pop, a four-part interactive series where music fans share their special memories of favourite artists and venues and in particular their treasured pop and rock memorabilia. All BBC Local Radio stations are also broadcasting their own tie-in programmes and I chatted to BBC Radio Norfolk about my own collection of memorabilia and the memories associated with them.
The programme will be broadcast on BBC Radio Norfolk on Sunday 7th of February at 12 midday. After that it will be available on the iPlayer for 30 days after transmission.
There’s also a BBC website about the project here:
As many of you know I’ve been a big fan of Americana music for a long time, artists such as Ryan Adams, Wilco, Lucinda Williams and many more have inspired my own sound and albums and I’ve shared the stage with many respected artists in the genre. My upcoming acoustic release also very much embraces it with a rootsy sound and lots of dobro, ukulele and harmonies. New live video:
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Americana music incorporates elements of various American styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass and blues and its been flourishing in recent years here in the UK. Now, excitingly it is to have its own official chart. BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, who is also hosting his very own festival this May, the Under the Apple Tree Roots festival which will showcase and celebrate a number of Americana artists, said of the new chart: “I am so pleased to see the founding of a new Americana chart. It is important and appropriate that the popularity of this wonderful, vibrant and creative genre is acknowledged in this way.” The Official Americana Albums Chart will feature the top 40 best selling Americana albums of the previous week. It will be published weekly on OfficialCharts.com, Fridays, 5.45pm, and will appear on the AMA UK site at 6pm each Friday. The AMA UK also hosted their own conference, showcases and awards show this week in London.
I’ve previously mentioned my incredibly talented award winning vocal student Breeze and she has just recorded one of my original songs ‘Courage’. I’m really enjoying writing songs for others and it’s really heartfelt and anthemic with a universal theme. It was recorded at The Mill Studio near Diss who are responsible for producing releases by many local bands as well as international signed recording artists. Jonny Cole, who runs the studio, has done a great job working on the song and it will be available online soon. Breeze is also preparing to represent Great Britain at an international singing contest, travelling to Long Beach, California to take part in the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCPA) which attracts contestants from 60 countries. If you want to support her on this amazing journey and opportunity, please read more here
Still buzzing from playing 3 Pop Up Stages at C2C at the O2. Thanks again so much to Country to Country for having me play and to everyone who came along to the shows. The festival had a great atmosphere with so much amazing live music. Thanks to Jeff G Photography for these great colour shots and to Jon Higham for the cool sepia pic. More photos at my Facebook page and they’ll be more pics to come. To make it an even more exciting weekend I was also played on Bob Harris’s Radio 2 show. Bob played ‘The Boy Who..’ from my latest compilation ‘The Sweetest Dream’ describing it as a song that ‘really tugs at the heart’. It’s also a song I performed over the weekend and available on Bandcamp
Wishing you all a very Happy Valentines Day! Now available ‘The Sweetest Dream’ a new compilation of acoustic love songs at my Bandcamp page. The tracks are a mixture of songs from my 3 studio albums plus some live studio versions. Enjoy! xx
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas! Here’s an Xmas treat for you if you’re still feeling festive, performing my Christmas single & a cover of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ on the Reverb Christmas Special at UEA TV. Am on from 1:14 here!
Looking ahead to new year’s and here’s a free download of my song ‘New Year’s Day’
Had a great time performing my Christmas single (plus a fun Christmas cover!) at UEA TV’s Reverb Christmas Special. Photos above and video to come soon!
A real Christmas treat hearing ‘St Benedict’s Christmas Fair’ played on Bob Harris’s show last night! Bob played a lovely selection of festive songs and described my tune as ‘so sweet and really lovely!.’ Thanks so much to Bob for all the support and also the other radio stations and shows that have supported the single (Future Radio, Norwich 99.9, BBC Radio Suffolk, Acoustic Routes, Wrecking Ball Radio and many more) Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas!
Listen again to the show here my song is on at 1:52!
Lots of fun filming the video for my Christmas single. Here a sneaky peek and a little video teaser
As well as SoundCloud, the song is also available at my Bandcamp page Thanks to all the radio stations who have played the track so far. It’s also being played on BBC Radio Suffolk tonight around 6.45pm on the Stephen Foster show.