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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Airplay on Radio 2, Bob Harris Sunday, Amazing Radio and New Features


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I’ve been so happy with the response to ‘Another Place and Time’ ahead of its release on April 8th. It really makes all the hard work feel worth it! It’s available for pre-order at iTunes and I’m excited that the CD copies have arrived! beautiful photography and artwork by my talented friend Claudia Taveira and Nigel Harris at Audiotree:

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Keep an eye on this site as I’ll soon be selling some limited edition signed copies at the store page!

The EP has already received lots of airplay which I’m so happy about. As well as being played on many excellent country, Americana, singer/songwriter folk shows, I was played on this week’s Bob Harris Sunday show on BBC Radio 2, listen again at Bob Harris Sunday

Bob said some lovely words about my career and music and I’m so grateful for all his support over the years. Another supporter has been Baylen Leonard and ‘Music and the Mountains’ was also played on this weekend’s The Front Porch at Amazing Radio among a great Americana playlist.

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I’ve also been doing lots of promo for the EP. Thanks to Belles and Gals, a great website that supports female artist, for this interview

Huge thanks to my dear friend and supporter Claude for this French review

April will be an exciting release month as April 1st sees ‘Courage’ – the single I’ve written for the amazingly talented Breeze Redwine, is also out with its music video premiering also on the 1st, here’s a still and us playing an acoustic version:emotion

Songwriting Masterclass at Radio 1’s Academy, New Video Stills

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Photos from a fun and inspiring time at Radio 1′s Academy. Had a great afternoon at a songwriting masterclass with Ella Eyre and also met Greg James. Here’s a little blog post about it.

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The latest issue of Songwriting Magazine is out now. Includes my regular column, this time advice for musicians on face-to-face networking:

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A couple of stills from this week’s music video shoot. Wandering through golden fields in Norfolk. Thanks to Claudia Taveira Photography

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I was also recently interviewed at C2C Festival by Just Zoe who writes an excellent country music blog, take a look here: Best British Country Music

And huge thanks to other big supporters of UK country music W21 Music who recently made me their Artist of the Week!

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I love sharing the experience and skills I’ve gained as a performer and if anyone in the area is interested in singing lessons or beginner guitar lessons, please contact me for more information via Facebook at www.facebook.com/lisaredfordmusic or via my e-mail

Latest Column, R1 Academy, Airplay on Amazing Radio

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My latest music column has been printed in the Evening News. In it I’m previewing some great gigs and festivals in the Norfolk area including Folk on the Pier and Norfolk and Norwich Festival. I’m also looking ahead to Radio 1′s Big Weekend as well as the music industry masterclasses for R1 Academy which include some great gigs for BBC Introducing by bands such as Port Isla. There are also lots of other excellent gigs coming up in Norwich which I previewed; Belle and Sebastian at OPEN Norwich, Paper Aeroplanes at Norwich Arts Centre, Cove Hithe at OST, Django Django at The Waterfront & more.

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Today I had a fun time going along to the R1 Academy at OPEN Norwich. There was a great atmosphere and lots of invaluable advice for those wanting to get into the creative industries. I especially found the Q&A on digital journalism really informative. It featured Anna Doble, Online Editor at BBC Newsbeat, Martin Bryant, Editor in chief of The Next Web and Greg Cochrane, Editor of NME.com. Martin talked about how he started out by blogging with no expectations of it becoming his career, Anna began with local radio while Greg did 5 stints at NME doing work experience, all illustrating the importance of gaining experience and working hard. As well as a broad skill set, a specialist knowledge can also really help in getting you further in your chosen area of journalism. With regards to the fast ever changing world of digital journalism, Anna felt that being open to new ways of executing things is crucial while also reflecting your audience. Ultimately, they felt it’s all about having that great idea, building a community, asking people what they think and getting them to share, and providing varied content while constantly experimenting. All excellent advice!

Also excited that Kathryn Tickell will be playing me on her lovely show on Amazing Radio tonight. Tune in from 9pm this evening.

 

New Live Videos, Interviews and Music Columnist!

 

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Hey everyone! hope you had a lovely Easter. Been busy doing lots of writing recently. My new music column was in Wednesday’s Evening News. As well as writing about life as a musician, I’m also previewing some great upcoming gigs at Norwich Arts Centre, Waterfront plus there’s info about Record Store Day.

I’ve also had my latest article for All Things Norfolk  posted.

Hope you enjoyed the live videos from C2C. I’ve also added some more videos to my YouTube channel from a recent fun gig at supporting The Dreaming Spires at The Bicycle Shop The band have had some well deserved excellent reviews for their great new album ‘Searching for the Supertruth’ and huge thanks to Joe from the band for joining me on 2 of my songs. It was also so much fun singing on their lovely song ‘We Used to Have Parties’:

‘Carolina Rain’ with Joe from The Dreaming Spires

‘Lost Again’ with Joe from The Dreaming Spires

‘Be Around’ a cappella version live in Greenwich Tunnel!

New Interviews!

Another great part of playing C2C festival was getting to meet some of my fans and do some interviews with them for their blogs and channels. Here’s a fun interview video with French YouTube Channel L Teste:

Plus an interview with country music blog Six Shooter Country, chatting about playing the festival and my music inspirations:

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Hitting the Headlines! New Article, C2C Pop Up Stages

 

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In the headlines! thanks to EDP and the Evening News for featuring me and my appearance at C2C in the papers. Also, thanks to EDP24 for featuring me here

My latest article for All Things Norfolk is also now online! All my latest news including performing at C2C Country to Country and a show at the The Bicycle Shop March 4th supporting the super talented The Dreaming Spires

Performing at C2C Festival Pop Up Stages! More Shows, Passenger Cover

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Playing C2C Festival at the O2!

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

Ticket info for the show is here

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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!

 

 

 

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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

TV Interview Available To Watch! Headline Show Photos

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.

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Thanks also to Sylvie Varnier for these really cool shots from my Bicycle Shop headline:

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Happy Christmas! New Festive Videos, Interview Special, TV Appearance

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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!’

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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!

I’ve added lots of festive performances on my YouTube Channel

Here’s an unplugged acoustic cover of a stunning Joni Mitchell song. I enjoyed performing it at the Christmas gig and a live version appears on my Christmas EP.

You can also download the live version here.

Another unplugged performance. Original seasonal song ‘New Year’s Day’ which features on the Christmas EP.

Here’s also two performances from the Reverb Christmas TV Special. Thanks to my friends at UEA TV

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Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and all the best for a happy and healthy 2015!! xx