Awards in Hollywood, Courage Best Original Song, Festivals and Radio Play!

Breeze and Lisa Awards

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:

One of my columns, writing to a brief, is also included in the excellent summer issue of Songwriting Magazine which also includes features on The Lumineers, Nerina Pallot, Scott Matthew and tons of tips for musicians.


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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.

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EP Release! Amazing Response to ‘Courage’ Music Video, New Column, Great Reviews

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It’s EP release week! ‘Another Place and Time’ is out this Friday on iTunes and I’ve been so happy with all the airplay and lovely reviews coming in.

You can order a digital version and also some limited edition signed copies at the store page here and also at my BandCamp page

And the excellent folk and acoustic Fish Records are also selling a few signed copies.

“Devilishly subtle melodies, allied to lyrics that will pull gently at those heartstrings…Guaranteed to be a winner” thanks to Fatea Magazine for this wonderful review.

“Lisa Redford has an amazing ability to portray a certain vulnerability, yet a complete confidence in her vocals.” Thanks so much Belles and Gals for this amazing review.

“a showcase of Lisa’s wonderful voice combined with simple yet beautiful Americana melodies.” Another lovely review of the EP. Huge thanks to Your Life in a Song

As well as all the promotion for the EP, the official music video for ‘Courage’, the single I’ve written by Breeze Redwine, has only been posted a short time and it’s had an amazing response! It’s available on iTunes and here’s the powerful video with a strong message. Reading all the comments, I’m so happy it has resonated with so many people.

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Also, my latest music column for the Evening News was in shops this week. As well as details about my EP and Breeze’ single, I’m previewing some great gigs and Record Store Day.

 

 

New EP ‘Another Place and Time’ Released With Proper Distribution April 8th!

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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!

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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:

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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!

Interviewed for BBC Project, New Music Column and Video

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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:

‘Music and the Mountains’ Live at OPEN

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

 

Recording! Clips from the studio. Latest Columns, New Christmas Song Video

It’s been a really productive time this past month as I’ve been in the studio recording some songs which I can’t wait to share with you! I’ve recorded a few songs with Jose McGill who is the singer and guitarist of renowned band The Vagaband and he has been adding some lovely subtle instrumentation. Noel Dashwood, who recently performed with me at OPEN when we supported Eliza Carthy, has also contributed his wonderful dobro as well as ukulele, harmonies and harmonica. The mixes are already sounded great and I’ve posted some little video clips from the studio on my Instagram 

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NovemberAlso I’ve been writing my music column for the Evening News.  All my music activities plus previewing great gigs and live music.

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It’s that time again! My Christmas single ‘St Benedict’s Christmas Fair’ is available on iTunes and Bandcamp ~ here’s a new live video, performing the song unplugged.

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Latest Music Column, ‘Time to Grow’ Video on YouTube

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Happy September! My latest column is in the Evening News and as well as talking about my new video ‘Time to Grow’, there’s lots of cool gigs coming up including one of my favourite songwriters Boo Hewerdine coming to the Octagon Chapel in Norwich and Uke East, a ukulele festival at Norwich Arts Centre. Being a ukulele lover I’m looking forward to that.

I also talked about some great music workshops and masterclasses that I recently attended for Musical Keys at Create Norwich and also Take Note Summer School at The Garage. Really inspiring stuff!

Thanks so much for the kind words about my new video. ‘Time to Grow’ is now also on YouTube so really appreciate any watches and shares.

 

New Music Video ‘Time to Grow’

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As previewed in my recent columns for Norwich Evening News and All Things Norfolk, I’m really excited to share my brand new music video on Vimeo ‘Time to Grow’ filmed by Claudia Taveira Photography. Claudia has filmed a few lovely videos for me and also some wonderful photos. Check out her amazing photography on her blog here

LISA REDFORD “Time to Grow” from Claudia Taveira on Vimeo.

 

Latest Columns, Teen Star, Ukulele Cover, Eliza Carthy Support

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!

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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.

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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:

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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 – Playing DATH Festival

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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.

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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

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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.

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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:

New Music Column – At Radio 1’s Academy, Music Video

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In my regular music column for Norwich Evening News in print today I’m remembering my fun week at BBC Radio 1’s Academy including the songwriting masterclass and BBC Introducing gigs which included sets by Port Isla and Montagues and Capulets. I’m discussing the rewards of teaching music and Access to Music and also previewing some great upcoming gigs including Good Lovelies at Southwold Arts Festival and Danny And The Champions Of The World at Norwich Waterfront.

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Under dramatic Norfolk skies, here are some more stills from the upcoming music video that Claudia Taveira Photography is working on. Check out her impressive photography blog on WordPress 

Free Downloads on SoundCloud

Original acoustic song ‘Here Alone’ which features Nashville producer David Henry:

New cover, trying a live acoustic version of ‘Believe’ Mumford and Sons. Like the emotion and dynamics of this tune: