Really exciting news! Huge congrats to one of my vocal students Breeze for winning her category in national competition TeenStar! Pre Teen winner 2015! She performed my song ‘Here Alone’ at Birmingham’s NEC and earned the highest marks from the music industry judges – so proud!
Here’s her stunning winning performance of my song ‘Here Alone’
My latest column for Songwriting Magazine now online. This time I’m discussing crowd funding for musicians, something I’ve not embarked upon but have been considering. I’d be really interested to hear from artists who have funded projects this way.
I’ve also had my latest column for the Evening News published and as well as sharing my latest news I preview some creative workshops happening in Norwich this month:
I’ve added new videos to my YouTube channel and new songs to SoundCloud including this ukulele cover of a lovely new Kacey Musgraves song. Really enjoying the sweet sounds and melodies on her Pageant Material album.
Looking ahead to Autumn and I’m really excited to be supporting Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band at OPEN Norwich on Wednesday October 14th. Details here
Festival season is now in full swing and thankfully we’ve mostly had some beautiful summer weather to accompany it.
Last Saturday I played at Dubs in the Hall Festival. Aimed predominately at owners and lovers of Volkswagen Campers, it has a friendly, laid-back atmosphere and the sultry weather we had certainly contributed to a really relaxing feel. The festival is located in the beautiful setting of Holt Hall in North Norfolk and with an eclectic mix of live music, from reggae, rockabilly, rock, indie, folk and acoustic plus DJ sets, there was something for everyone.
Here’s a little video I’ve put together from my fun and very warm day there:
Sunday was another great event with a visit to the Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre. Now in its 11th year, the fayre is bigger than before and it’s easy to see why it’s become such a popular day in the city’s arts calendar. Huge crowds soaked up the buzzing atmosphere and there was an array of lovely vintage and craft stalls, street food, live music, art, DJ’s, performances and fairground attractions along the various areas of the historic busy streets.
The Summer Fayre really showcases the vibrant arts scene here in the city and my friend, local film maker and photographer Claudia Taveira has captured some lovely shots of the day as shown here. Check out her WordPress Photography blog Claudia Taveira Photography Blog
Also this past month I’ve been in the studio. I really love the process of recording and have recorded a lot of material in the area including my first album ‘Slipstream’. I’ve also recorded and collaborated with some amazing musicians in New York City and Nashville which is always inspiring and really broadened my musical horizons. This time I was recording the guitar part to create an instrumental to one of my acoustic songs ‘Here Alone’ as one of my incredibly talented vocal students Breeze Redwine wanted to record a version. The biggest thrill as a songwriter is when an artist covers one of your songs and Breeze has done a beautiful soulful version.
I recorded in The Mill Studio (photo above) which is based near Diss. Established for over 10 years, it’s responsible for producing releases by local bands and international signed recording artists. The setting is really lovely and peaceful, away from the city and owner Johnny Cole says the studio’s goal is to provide a relaxed and enjoyable approach to recording, whilst aiming to achieve the best results. Check out the studio here at The Mill Studio
Lately I’ve recorded and performed songs by Mumford and Sons, James Bay and Years and Years. Acoustic versions and free downloads are on my SoundCloud
Performing James Bay’s lovely song ‘Let It Go’ in the garden on a sunny day:
Hectic but really fun weekend performing at C2C Country to Country saw lots of great live music and as last year there was such a lovely warm atmosphere and it was amazing to see how busy it was. Thanks so much to everyone who came along to my set at the Saloon and signing to say hi! Hope you enjoyed the special EP. Thanks also to W21 Music and Jeff G Photography for taking some great shots.
I’ve posted quite a few videos from my performance. Following on from last year, here’s another fun little highlights video I’ve put together with a clip of ‘Carolina Rain’ what a weekend!
Here’s also some live videos from my performance, singing ‘Never Was a Yesterday’
Hi guys! Already it’s looking to be a busy year. Country music website W21 Music kindly made my song ‘Carolina Rain’ their single of the week and I’m really excited to announce that ‘ll be playing one of the Pop-Up stages at C2C Country to Country Festival at The O2 for the second year running! Lots of amazing artists from around the world are also playing as well as some new additions to the festival such as a special programme by my friends Bob Harris and WBBC as part of their Under the Apple Tree Sessions. Read all about it in the C2C blog
Here’s the info about me on the C2C site. I’ll be playing the Saloon on Sunday March 8th at 2.10, do come by and say hi, love to see you there!
Bicycle Shop show – supporting The Dreaming Spires March 4th
After my special headline show, I’m looking forward to returning to the Bicycle Shop on March 4th to support talented friends The Dreaming Spires. Here’s some info about them:
Robin and Joe have carved out some renown as accomplished musicians as well as co-founders of acclaimed festivals, a label and even a record store. Their musical pedigree includes stints in Goldrush and Danny & the Champs, touring and recording with Mark Gardener of Ride, and collaborations with everyone from Gary Louris of The Jayhawks to Garth Hudson of The Band, Mercury Rev to Saint Etienne
Here are a couple of photos from a new video that I’ve been working on with Claudia Taveira Photography. We already filmed some outside shots at the end of last year and we can’t wait to share it with you when it’s done!
Another free download for you and here’s a live acoustic cover of a beautiful Passenger song. The lyrics really resonated with me and I love his writing. It was exciting that the artist himself took the time to listen and described the version as ‘lovely’. Listen and download here
Hey everyone! Hope that 2015 has been treating you well so far. Just to let you know that my interview on Mustard TV from my Christmas show is available to watch on demand here for a few days, am on in part 3 from 05:56. Thanks again to those guys for coming down to the gig.
Thanks also to Sylvie Varnier for these really cool shots from my Bicycle Shop headline:
Hey everyone! thank you so much to all who have bought the Christmas single. It’s exciting that ‘St Benedict’s Christmas Fair’ has been featured on many festive playlists. This weekend it was included on Amazing Radio’s The Front Porch’s Christmas Special. Listen again here . It’s also included in the Folkcast Christmas Selection Box and International Americana Music Show Festive special. Thanks also to Wrecking Ball, W21, Chris Country, Folkspot, Keeping it Country, BBC Radio Norfolk, Future Radio, Clare Morris Fm and any I’ve forgotten! to all the radio shows and DJ’s that have interviewed me and played the single, the support means such a lot!
Huge thanks also to Mustard TV for coming down to my headline show at The Bicycle Shop. My recent performance is available to watch on demand for a few days (pics above). Singing a Christmas classic at the end of Part 3! Watch online here.
Something to listen to as you wrap your presents! Here’s a new interview now online from the lovely Journey of Discovery podcast. Chatting about my Christmas single, music and more. Huge thanks to Linda Conway for her support. The hour special also includes some lovely holiday music by Mindy Smith, Rosie Thomas and Neil Halstead. Here’s what Linda says:
‘My radio show Journey of Discovery has just put up it’s latest episode featuring the talents of the lovely Lisa Redford. Featured is an interview and some lovely, new christmas music! Well worth a listen you music lovers out there! Thanks Lisa!’
Interview from BBC Radio Norfolk
Thanks so much to everyone who came along to the Christmas show, bought the special Christmas EP, and for making it such a lovely evening (and also for the great singalong!). Here’s an interview I did before the gig about my Christmas single release. Huge thanks to David at EDP 24. The single even made the news headlines, see above!
Hey everyone, I’m really excited that my original Christmas single ‘St Benedict’s Christmas Fair’ is now available on iTunes!
Here’s the music video for the single, some of it filmed around, where else, St Benedict’s Street!
I’ll also be sharing some live performances of the song so do keep an eye on my YouTube channel
To celebrate the release, I will be playing a special headline gig at The Bicycle Shop on Wednesday December 10th. Those attending the gig will also have the chance to get a special Christmas EP featuring two Christmas covers!
Thanks to Iceni Magazine for this feature about the upcoming show and also to Vanilla Magazine for this article:
Latest Columns – Covers
My latest column for Songwriting Magazine is now online and this time I’m discussing the popularity of artists doing cover versions as well as sharing some tips on how to cover a song more creatively as well as looking at some of the most enduring covers. I’ve also started writing a regular column for All Things Norfolk where I share my musical adventures in the area. Here’s the latest one
Free Downloads at SoundCloud
Talking of cover songs, there are some new ones I’ve recorded that are free to download at my SoundCloud page. Recent songs include those by Ryan Adams, The Supremes, Lucinda Williams and many more.
Performing a live acoustic cover of this beautiful Kris Kristofferson song that I love to sing: ‘Help Me Make It Make It Through The Night’
Interview with this cool French music site all about my songwriting, favourite artists and more. Huge thanks to Claude.
Had an amazing week last week getting to see two of my all-time favourite songwriters. Saw Ryan Adams at the iTunes Festival and even managed to get a set list from the amazing gig! Been enjoying his latest record and just tried an acoustic cover of Gimme Something Good
Also, it was a dream come true getting to see Kate Bush live. Incredible to see ‘The Ninth Wave’ in its entirely and to hear Kate sounding so beautiful!
Plus, here’s a free download for you! live acoustic cover of ‘Start Again’ by another favourite Teenage Fanclub.