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.
The latest issue of Songwriting Magazine is out now. Includes my regular column, this time advice for musicians on face-to-face networking:
A couple of stills from this week’s music video shoot. Wandering through golden fields in Norfolk. Thanks to Claudia Taveira Photography
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!
Vocal Coach, Guitar Lessons
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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
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!
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
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.
Thanks also to Sylvie Varnier for these really cool shots from my Bicycle Shop headline:
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!’
Interview from BBC Radio Norfolk
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!
Hey everyone, I’m really excited that my original Christmas single ‘St Benedict’s Christmas Fair’ is now available on iTunes!
Here’s the music video for the single, some of it filmed around, where else, St Benedict’s Street!
I’ll also be sharing some live performances of the song so do keep an eye on my YouTube channel
To celebrate the release, I will be playing a special headline gig at The Bicycle Shop on Wednesday December 10th. Those attending the gig will also have the chance to get a special Christmas EP featuring two Christmas covers!
Thanks to Iceni Magazine for this feature about the upcoming show and also to Vanilla Magazine for this article:
Latest Columns – Covers
My latest column for Songwriting Magazine is now online and this time I’m discussing the popularity of artists doing cover versions as well as sharing some tips on how to cover a song more creatively as well as looking at some of the most enduring covers. I’ve also started writing a regular column for All Things Norfolk where I share my musical adventures in the area. Here’s the latest one
Free Downloads at SoundCloud
Talking of cover songs, there are some new ones I’ve recorded that are free to download at my SoundCloud page. Recent songs include those by Ryan Adams, The Supremes, Lucinda Williams and many more.
Performing a live acoustic cover of this beautiful Kris Kristofferson song that I love to sing: ‘Help Me Make It Make It Through The Night’
Interview with this cool French music site all about my songwriting, favourite artists and more. Huge thanks to Claude.
Had an amazing week last week getting to see two of my all-time favourite songwriters. Saw Ryan Adams at the iTunes Festival and even managed to get a set list from the amazing gig! Been enjoying his latest record and just tried an acoustic cover of Gimme Something Good
Also, it was a dream come true getting to see Kate Bush live. Incredible to see ‘The Ninth Wave’ in its entirely and to hear Kate sounding so beautiful!
Plus, here’s a free download for you! live acoustic cover of ‘Start Again’ by another favourite Teenage Fanclub.
Thanks so much to everyone for the kind words on the latest video! really means a lot.
Had a great festival weekend last weekend playing The Saloon Stage at Brownstock Festival and then returning to the Rustic Stage for Weyfest. The fun weekend was topped off by an excellent set by closing headliners Squeeze, bringing back fond memories from one of my first major gigs, supporting Glenn Tilbrook!