It’s been really cool to start the year enjoying some exceptional music. I was lucky to be among an intimate crowd getting to see Ryan Adams preview brand new material from his upcoming album ‘Prisoner’ at Rough Trade East. His new songs are amazing and I love single ‘To Be Without You’ so much I’ve recorded an acoustic cover of it:
Also in my music columnist role I’ve had a fun couple of days enjoying the AMA UK Conference and Awards. Met so many wonderful people all celebrating Americana music. The conference had some great panels and a fascinating conversation between Bob Harris and wonderful songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Some shots from a great time Breeze and I had filming for BBC Look East. Cool to see some close ups of my Baby Taylor! Thanks so much to the BBC for putting together such a lovely festive video for our performance.
The performance is now on iPlayer and YouTube:
Thanks so much to Art of the Song for making ‘When Christmas Comes Around’ ‘Song of the Day’. I was also just interviewed for their excellent podcast following on from One Republic’s Ryan Tedder. Talking music, songwriting & more in detail here. Thanks for listening xx
My article on ways to do a cover song creatively is in the new winter edition of Songwriting Magazine. Tons of features and interviews including the excellent Billy Bragg and the art of the protest song. Plus The Lumineers, Katie Melua, Tom Chaplin, Wild Beasts, punk and more. Something to cool to read over the festive period, you can order it here
Thanks so much to all the radio shows for supporting the festive single and to everyone for getting it, really means such a lot xx
Merry Christmas to you all and a music filled 2017!!
Really excited to share the brand new music video to my new single ‘When Christmas Comes Around’ which is out now. Thank you so much to French fan David Sk for creating this lovely festive video, which features my two homes Norwich and New York City, and thanks so much for watching and sharing.
“expertly performed..is a fine addition to the canon of Christmas songs” Thanks so much to Stephpar for featuring and reviewing my Christmas single at Song A Day. Such kind words. The song has just received airplay on BBC Suffolk and many other shows.
Just had a great time filming at the BBC, playing guitar for Breeze on a special acoustic festive cover. You’ll be able to see the performance on the 22nd December just before The One Show on BBC Look East and West at around 6.50pm. It was lovely being in the very festive BBC Introducing studio and thanks so much to Look East for having us.
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.
A video posted by Lisa Redford (@lisaredfordmusic) on
“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 SeegerBoo HewerdineHothouse 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
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. Thanks also to Belles and Gals for this lovely feature about my digital sale
And to Stephpar for featuring my recent single ‘Remember Me’ on his Song a Day blog here
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 Hewerdine, Linda Thompson and Kris Drever. More info and how to help here.
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.
“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’
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.
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.
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
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.
Thanks also to Penny Black Music for an amazing review of the EP. Read it in full here
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!