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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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.

 

 

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:

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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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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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Interview from BBC Radio Norfolk

 

 

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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

Christmas Single Now Available on iTunes! Headline Christmas Show, New Column and New Covers

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Hey everyone, I’m really excited that my original Christmas single ‘St Benedict’s Christmas Fair’ is now available on iTunes!

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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!

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Tickets and info here.

Thanks to Iceni Magazine for this feature about the upcoming show and also to Vanilla Magazine for this article:

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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.

New Video

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’

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Interview with this cool French music site all about my songwriting, favourite artists and more. Huge thanks to Claude.

 

Brand New Music Video ‘Be Around’

Very excited to share my brand new music video! for my song ‘Be Around’. Huge thanks to Claudia Taveira Photography

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I’ve also just recorded a live acoustic cover of this beautiful Kate Bush song. One of my favourite songs of hers. Can’t wait for her Before The Dawn Tour!

Thanks so much to Ramsey Sounds for 2 cool electro remixes of my summer song ‘Summer on the L’ and acoustic track ‘So Many Words’

Amazing Radio Live Session and Interview Now Available!

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My live session and interview for Amazing Radio and Baylen Leonard’s excellent show ‘The Front Porch’ was aired this weekend and if you missed it, you can listen again here. Baylen’s show showcases the finest Americana, country, roots and folk and he has been very supportive, playing ‘Carolina Rain’ and ‘Dreaming in Crowds’

Check out the interview here:

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AMA UK Conference, Amazing Radio Session, ‘Clouds with Silver’ Reissued with Proper Distribution

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Had an excellent day at the second The Americana Music Association UK conference and Maverick Festival It was inspiring to hear Mary Gauthier’s keynote speech about the art of song writing, very inspirational to an artist like myself.  It’s also always lovely catching up with Bob Harris!

After my debut album ‘Slipstream’ was reissued recently, I’m now excited that ‘Clouds with Silver’ has also been reissued with Proper Distribution. Described by Maverick Magazine as “a fantastic insight into a world of love, loss and changes” and Bob Harris as “a beautiful album” Check it out on iTunes

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This week I had a a great time recording a live session and interview for Amazing Radio and Baylen Leonard’s excellent show ‘The Front Porch’ which showcases the finest Americana, country, roots and folk. Baylen has been very supportive, playing ‘Carolina Rain’ and ‘Dreaming in Crowds’ and the session should be aired Saturday July 26th between 6 and 8pm.  Check out the show here

Happy Valentines Day! New Compilation of Love Songs Available!

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Wishing you all a very Happy Valentines Day! Now available ‘The Sweetest Dream’ a new compilation of acoustic love songs at my Bandcamp page. The tracks are a mixture of songs from my 3 studio albums plus some live studio versions. Enjoy! xx