New Christmas Single Out Today! Reviews, Columns, Videos

I’ve been working hard lately recording my new acoustic Christmas single myself and it’s out today! ‘When Christmas Comes Around’ is all about spending time with loved ones over the festive period and is available at my Bandcamp.

And here’s a little video:

“If this song isn’t perfect for a cold night in, then nothing is.” Thanks so much to Belles and Gals for featuring the song and also Foz at BBC Radio Suffolk for already giving it some airplay.

Talking of Belles and Gals, who have given me so much support this year. I’m thrilled and surprised to be nominated for Best UK EP at the Belles and Gals Awards. Really lovely for my hard work to be recognised and supported:

“Lisa’s music is a beautiful blend of the sweetest style of country and the purest sound of folk music”. Thanks so much to Building Our Own Nashville for this amazing review of the EP.

I’ve also been continuing to write my music columns and here’s my latest column for All Things Norfolk

As mentioned last time, I’m honoured to have a track on beautiful charity compilation Postcards For Peace among many wonderful artists including Linda Thompson, Kris DreverPeggy Seeger Boo Hewerdine Hothouse Flowers. Also features ‘Courage’ (piano version) the debut single I wrote for Breeze Redwine. It is officially released next February but you can buy it now from the PFP website and all money will go directly back into the charity. Would make a great Christmas present! So wonderful it managed to raise the funds needed.
26 songs of war and peace, of hope and of love, of living life to the full, of not giving up and of having the courage to face adversity..

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and thanks so much for all the support, it really means a lot and keeps me creating music! xxx

Postcards for Peace Compilation, More Videos, Radio Interview, Columns

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For a limited time you can order my entire digital back catalogue, including three albums & new EP ‘Another Place and Time’ at a reduced price, 35% off! more info is at my Bandcamp page, thanks so much for all the support and orders.
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And to Stephpar for featuring my recent single ‘Remember Me’ on his Song a Day blog here

Compilation

I am honoured to be included on a wonderful compilation put together by Postcards for Peace, an amazing charity aiming to help eliminate discrimination.  It will feature my song ‘Live Your Life’ (live video below) and the single I wrote for Breeze Redwine ‘Courage’ (exclusive piano version) plus a whole host of amazing artists including Lau, Boo HewerdineLinda Thompson and Kris Drever. More info and how to help here. 

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Radio Airplay and Country Belles Interview

Thanks so much to Country Belles for a lovely interview recently. I talked about the new EP, love of songwriting, country music and more. Here it is to listen again in full.

“Wow, that’s beautiful, gentility at its best” thanks to The American Connection Country Music Radio Show for playing me in the #MadeInBritain feature and to Countryroutesblog for sharing.

Thanks also so much to Leader’s American Pie for playing ‘Music and the
Mountains’ on a recent excellent #BritishAmericana playlist with some amazing artists.

Videos

“Stylistically drawing upon Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris and Neil Young, her song ‘Dragonfly’ was without doubt the star of the show.” Thanks so much to Grapevine Live for this lovely live review of my set at FolkEast

I’ve uploaded more live videos from my lovely time playing Folk East and here’s a little highlights video from playing some lovely summer festivals.

‘Live Your Life’

Clip of a favourite Neil Young song ‘Comes a Time’

And a great Tom Petty song of defiance, ‘ I Won’t Back Down’

A little Folk East highlights video:

Playing ‘Wildfire’

‘Lost Again’

Music Columns

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I’ve also been busy writing my music columns, previewing and reviewing lots of great gigs and festivals. My September and October columns featured Folk East, Boo Hewerdine, Beth Orton, Hatful of Rain, Uke East festival and Sound and Vision. october-column

Also my article on great duets is in the Autumn issue of Songwriting Magazine. Tons of cool interviews and features including Dolly Parton, John Newman, The Divine Comedy, Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ and more.

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BBC Introducing, Folk East

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August has been a busy month. Was at BBC Introducing with Breeze as she was interviewed about all her exciting achievements in LA and . We had a great time on the show and the guys made Breeze feel very welcome. Listen again to the interview here

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I also had a lovely time playing VW Whitenoise festival and Folk East where I was joined by Noel Dashwood. It’s such a lovely festival with so much creativity going on and some much to do. Thanks to the SoapBox stage for having me and I’ve uploaded many videos to my YouTube channel.

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Thanks also to Penny Black Music for an amazing review of the EP. Read it in full here

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

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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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Lovely Reviews for New EP, New Interview, TV Appearance

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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

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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!

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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!

New Live Videos with Dobro and Photos

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Here are some more photos from my recent concert supporting Eliza Carthy at OPEN Norwich. Thanks to Ian Edwards Photography for these cool shots.

I’ve also posted some more videos from the show. Here’s ‘Dragonfly’ featuring Noel Dashwood on harmony vocals and dobro:

Playing ‘Live Your Life’ backstage before being called to soundcheck!

The lights of the big stage:

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New Videos From Eliza Carthy Show

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Had a great gig supporting Eliza Carthy at OPEN Norwich. It was lovely to be joined for the first time on stage by amazing musician Noel Dashwood. The lovely sound of the dobro is something that really adds to the songs.

Here’s us warming up backstage playing ‘Music and the Mountains’:

And on stage performing ‘Carolina Rain’. More videos will be added to the YouTube Channel

 

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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: