“This Fine City” Lisa Redford and Friends – Fundraising Single for Future Radio Out Now!

This Fine City artwork by Gwenda Killick

So excited that fundraising single “This Fine City” was released on Friday ~ a heartfelt, anthemic celebration of #Norwich that I have written especially for Future Radio featuring a whole host of talented friends and musicians: Ecky Limon from the Blue Joanna (name checked in the song!), Scott Mathieson, Andrew Todd (amazing production!), Owen Sennitt, Yve Mary B, Callum Morgan from Morganway, Chad Mason, Hannah White, Russell McNamara and Teresa Gibbon.
Thanks so much to all the talented friends and artists – including many Future volunteers – who were a part of this very special project. Huge thanks of course to all the hard working team at Future Radio.
Please listen, donate and share the Bandcamp link below – all funds raised from the single will help Future to relocate to a new home – let’s help them find a new studio!

https://futureradio.bandcamp.com/releases

Article in the EDP newspaper. View online
“This Fine City” official music video

Already been receiving lots of great press for the single. Was lovely to be Story of the Day at Folk Features – Uplifting stories for Norfolk and Suffolk, brought to you by Emma Outten:

Article at Folk Features

I’ve also written a column for my friends at All Things Norfolk about the making of “This Fine City” read the article here

So lovely that the song has already touched people and really resonated. Here’s a beautiful review from Richard Shashamane for his Norwich: Music City, UK Blog:

Immediately upon my first listening to this rousing celebration of Norwich and hope for the future I felt renewed optimism as well as being quite moved by the heartfelt love of the city so sincerely expressed in song. Joyous and triumphant in its hope.

This Fine City video still

There has also been some lovely BBC airplay for ‘This Fine City’ over the weekend! Thanks to BBC Music Introducing in Norfolk and BBC Music Introducing in Suffolk plus the single was played on Stephen Foster’s BBC Radio Norfolk and BBC Radio Suffolk show on the week from 6pm. Listen via BBC Sounds. I have been recording a few interviews including one with Good Health Radio in Australia. This will available on Monday October 19. I have also been doing some interviews for local television including That’s TV East – video here Also this Tuesday October 20 Ecky Limon and I talked about the single on ITN News Anglia and played a snippet of the song outside the Blue Joanna.

Interview on ITV News Anglia
Playing “This Fine City” outside The Blue Joanna, Norwich

The interview is available to watch again here at 18 minutes 38.

Been doing lots of radio interviews to promote the single and it was lovely to chat to David Eastaugh for arts and culture show Platform, all about the inspiration for the song. You can hear the interview at: http://futureradio.co.uk/futureplayer/mixcloudplayer/3632

Fundraising Single for Future Radio, Collaboration Projects

I’ve been busy with a few creative projects and excited that I have written an original song for Future Radio in Norwich. The photo above is from a video shoot for the #fundraising single release. “This Fine City” will be released to coincide with #LocalRadioDay & features a host of talented friends and artists from Norfolk. More news soon!

I love to collaborate on music projects and also to perform other artists’s material – it really inspires me and my own writing – so I’ve really enjoyed interpreting this lovely, heartfelt song written by Kate Raison, a talented songwriter who I met during Chris Difford’s Songwriting Retreat last year. Here is also an acoustic demo of the song that I’ve recorded: https://soundcloud.com/user-466575967/dont-tell-me-that-you-love-me-tonight-demo-sung-by-lisa-redford

Thrilled to be in the beautiful new video by artist Megan O’Neill for her single Fire with Fire — a powerful and amazing celebration of women and women in music – alongside incredible female artists, please watch: Thank you Megan for this incredible message

“heartfelt lyrics, beautiful vocal harmonies & a gentle melody. Lisa brings out first class lyrics alongside haunting stringd instruments & scenic visuals.” Huge thanks to worldwide platform Music Crowns for a brilliant review of Edge of Love:

Really enjoyed the recent Sheryl Crow BBC Radio 2 #livefromhome #festival performance ❤️🎵 always loved this fantastic song of hers “Sad Sad World” from a special edition of her self-titled album released in 1996.

Not long before #lockdown my #cds were made available to buy at HMV Norwich – check them out now and support #liveandlocal brilliant how they’re supporting local independent artists.

New Videos, BBC Airplay, New Remix, Podcast Interview, Radio Sessions

“Summer on the L” Music Video

I hope that you’re keeping safe and well. As many of you know from my social media posts, I’ve been continuing to keep creative with various projects and live streams and I really enjoyed putting this special clips video together for my song “Summer on the L” – all about my time living in New York City – making friends and memories, the highs and lows, and performing and recording there as an artist.

Footage includes clips from inside and outside the Dakota Building, Times Square, Brooklyn, Central Park, 4th of July fireworks, Governors Island, the short film ‘Q to the 6 Train’ (for which I wrote the original score) as well as recording in the studio and live performances from The New York Songwriters Circle and Alive with Clive TV show. Thanks so much for watching this very personal video and all the love for this particular song during my recent live streams.

The song has also earned airplay on BBC Introducing the past two week from BBC Radio Suffolk and BBC Radio Norfolk

‘Edge of Love’ Phillip Coady Mix

I always love collaborating with other artists and also hearing my songs remixed. Thanks to Phillip Coady – who has remixed tracks of mine in the past, on SoundCloud – for this gorgeous, dreamy electronic mix of ‘Edge of Love’ ❤️  the title track of my latest EP. Thanks for giving it a listen and huge thanks to Park Radio BBC Suffolk BBC Music Introducing in Suffolk for the airplay.

Country in the Kitchen podcast

It was lovely to be interviewed for Country In The Kitchen Podcast last week; a great podcast that features guests from the UK independent country music scene. I talked to host Tessa-Leanne Snart about being creative during lockdown with the release of ‘From Afar’, being an independent artist and arts/music columnist, the UK country music scene and more. The episode, Volume 15, is now available to listen to and download at Podbean iTunes and Spotify

I’ve also recorded a live acoustic session for Russell Hill’s Country Music Show. This will be broadcast on Sunday August 9th between 11am and 2pm.

Live acoustic session for Reepham Festival
Live stream gig at Facebook

Talking of live music, I’ve been doing some acoustic live streams from my own Facebook and also for festivals including Buckle and Boots and SW20 spring festival. I’m planning more and always love to hear your requests. This weekend on Saturday August 8th I’m doing a special acoustic live session for Reepham Festival between 6pm and 9pm
I’ve also been continuing to play acoustic requests at my YouTube channel including this beautiful and timeless Sandy Denny song.

Cover of Sandy Denny “Who Knows Where the Time Goes”

I’ve still been getting lots of love for lockdown single ‘From Afar’ and recently posted a ukulele version – thanks so much to those of you who have purchased the song from my Bandcamp page

“From Afar” ukulele version

Almost There! PledgeMusic Campaign at 95%! More from the Studio

Recording for the new EP has continued and it’s been really productive and exciting. As mentioned, I am working with the super talented musician and producer José McGill – band-leader of the award-winning Vagaband – who has created some beautiful arrangements and contributed his huge music talent on an array of instruments.

I can’t wait for you to hear the new material. As well as the musicians already mentioned, there is some wonderful pedal steel from Alan Cook – who I recorded my latest Bob Harris “Under the Apple Tree” session with – and also beautiful cello from award-winning cellist Ivan McCready.

I also love to write about music and here is my latest article for All Things Norfolk – a local arts and music website. Here I talk more about the process of recording and the amazing talented musicians involved as well as previewing upcoming gigs and reviewing short films at Norwich Film Festival:

My lastest column for All Things Norfolk 

 

PledgeMusic – New EP Launched! London Show. Meeting Ethan Johns

Hey guys, I’m really, really excited to have launched my first ever PledgeMusic crowdfunding project for my brand new release! I have some special rewards and exclusives on offer including two beloved guitars and some rare memorabilia from my back catalogue! You will also be helping Dogs Trust as I spend a lot of time walking rescue dogs and their companionship is truly special. Please watch the video and check out the rewards on offer – so appreciate any shares on social media!

Here is the PledgeMusic link: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/lisaredford

Enjoyed an amazing gig recently at Norwich Arts CentreEthan Johns and The Black Eyed Dogs. It was so lovely – and a real treat – to also interview Ethan for Songwriting Magazine. He has been a real music hero having produced some of my favourite records including “Heartbreaker” and “Gold” by Ryan Adams. It was also great to catch up with the band’s fabulous Georgina Leach who played on my album “Lost Again” back in the day – her first album session recording! Look out for my interview with Ethan appearing in Songwriting Magazine soon.

So excited to announce a London gig! Playing the lovely award-winning Green Note for my dear friends Black Cat Music Promotions Limited on 4 December as special guest for the brilliant No Coward Soul. Hope to see some London buddies! x
http://www.greennote.co.uk/production/nocowardsoul/

Always lovely being on Park Radio – a great radio station supporting local artists. Huge thanks to Andrew Cooper at Sunday Introducing. Check out my Facebook page to see a live video of “Never Was a Yesterday” the third of the live songs I played.

 

Courtney Marie Andrews Interview, Maverick, Reepham Festival, Radio Playlist

Lovely to interview and chat all things music and songwriting with the brilliant Courtney Marie Andrews for Songwriting Magazine ahead of her fantastic show at Norwich Arts Centre. Look out for the piece coming up here

My full review of Saturday’s Maverick Festival is also at Songwriting Magazine. A wonderful day of Americana. Feature now includes Danny & the Champions of the World, James Hodder, Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin. Thanks to Michael Kingston for some great photos.


Had a lovely weekend playing the always welcoming Reepham Festival. Thanks to Tim Moll for filming:

Huge thanks to the brilliant Future Radio for selecting me for their September playlist.

So looking forward to my next festival – returning to stunning Burnham Deepdale for Deepdale Festival. Many amazing artists performing including Alden Patterson and Dashwood, The Vagaband and Shackleton Trio. I’ll be performing on the Orchard Stage on Saturday 29th September at 6pm.

A Performance in the South of France, Festivals, Reviews

It’s been a very busy Summer already! I had so much fun performing a special acoustic concert in beautiful Pézenas, South of France with superb guitarist Luigi Notarangelo.

I have posted some more live videos on YouTube and also on Instagram. Here is “Call Me”

A cover of “Lovesong” by The Cure:

Following that I performed a lovely headline concert for my friends in Burnham Deepdale. Here is a cover of “Rocket Man” thanks to the audience for singing along!

Just this past weekend I enjoyed a beautiful sultry night playing Stradisphere Music Festival and it was lovely to meet the brilliant Mercury Music Prize winning Badly Drawn Boy ahead of his excellent headline set.

It was also a joy to perform “Courage” with my amazing student Breeze Redwine:

The day after I had a great time at Maverick Festival seeing some memorable performances and soaking up the always warm, friendly atmosphere. I also had a lot of fun performing on the Jimmy Rodgers stage. Huge thanks to Tin Can Review for a lovely afternoon of live music.

One of my favourite acts of the weekend were Australia’s Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes – who I also saw perform last year – and I recently interviewed Lachlan for Songwriting Magazine ahead of their UK tour. It was great to catch up with them and also wonderful singer songwriter Imogen Clark. Here is us after their wonderful set in The Barn:

“This is a beautiful performance from Lisa as she accompanies herself on acoustic guitar with Alan Cook playing pedal steel guitar.” Huge thanks to Stephpar’s Song A Day for this lovely review of my brand new song “I Just Can’t Forget” performed in session for Whisperingbobtv

Lisa Redford – I Just Can’t Forget

“Heartfelt lyrics, great singing and playing. Hope this Apple Tree will bear more of these in the future” Thanks also to Radio Campagne in The Netherlands for their kind words and all the airplay of my music.

Under the Apple Tree Session for Whispering Bob TV

So excited to share this – my Under The Apple Tree session for Whispering Bob TV. Performing original song “I Just Can’t Forget” with the brilliant Alan Cook on pedal steel. Huge thanks to Miles Myerscough-Harris and Bob Harris – always lovely seeing them.

The track is also being featured on this week’s #UTAT radio on Chris Country amongst some great artists and live performances including The Magic Numbers and CC Smugglers.

Huge thanks also to Belles and Gals – huge supporters of female artists – for the kind words and making the track their Song of the Day.

Huge congratulations to my amazing student Breeze Redwine– winner of Best Original Artist at this year’s Youngstars The South East Entertainment Awards So well deserved! Also a brilliant acoustic performance by Breeze for Sonic Youths at Norwich Arts Centre So great that they give young artists a platform.

Next show is Sunday 17 June – looking forward to headlining a Sunday Session at beautiful Burnham Deepdale. Details here:First festival of the year is Stradisphere on Friday July 6. A great line up and headlined by the brilliant Badly Drawn Boy:

Radio Sessions and Co-Hosting on Park Radio

So much fun co-hosting Sunday Introducing radio show at Park Radio. Played many favourite artists and songs including Neil Young, Phoenix, Hem, Boo Hewerdine, Tom McRae, Ryan Adams, Sufjan Stevens and more. Thanks so much to Andrew Cooper for having me join him on the show.

Brand new video! Recording a live session and interview with The Medicine Show at Ramblin’ Roots Revue. Alan Cook on dobro. Thanks to Rob Ellen for having us perform in the moose mobile!

My latest arts column for All Things Norfolk is now online ~ all my latest music news includes Ramblin’ Roots Revue, Whispering Bob TV and Sarah Darling. Plus previews of WOW Norwich and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

Next show is this weekend at Blue Joanna from 9pm and on Sunday 17 June am headlining a Sunday Session at Burnham Deepdale. Details here:

Ramblin’ Roots Revue

Had a great weekend at Ramblin’ Roots Revue, an excellent Americana roots music festival at Bucks Student Union. Saw so much amazing live music including storming sets by Danny and the Champions, Robert Vincent, The Magic Numbers and a fun Tom Petty tribute. It was also lovely to meet Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers before their headline set.

Had fun performing on the Earbelly Music acoustic stage and it was lovely to be joined again by Alan Cook on pedal steel and dobro – Alan recently joined me for my Whispering Bob TV Under the Apple Tree session – and we also recorded a live session for Medicine Music, video on their YouTube channel soon.

Performing new song “Anything But Easy”