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

 

Latest Music Column, ‘Time to Grow’ Video on YouTube

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Happy September! My latest column is in the Evening News and as well as talking about my new video ‘Time to Grow’, there’s lots of cool gigs coming up including one of my favourite songwriters Boo Hewerdine coming to the Octagon Chapel in Norwich and Uke East, a ukulele festival at Norwich Arts Centre. Being a ukulele lover I’m looking forward to that.

I also talked about some great music workshops and masterclasses that I recently attended for Musical Keys at Create Norwich and also Take Note Summer School at The Garage. Really inspiring stuff!

Thanks so much for the kind words about my new video. ‘Time to Grow’ is now also on YouTube so really appreciate any watches and shares.

 

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:

New Music Column – At Radio 1’s Academy, Music Video

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In my regular music column for Norwich Evening News in print today I’m remembering my fun week at BBC Radio 1’s Academy including the songwriting masterclass and BBC Introducing gigs which included sets by Port Isla and Montagues and Capulets. I’m discussing the rewards of teaching music and Access to Music and also previewing some great upcoming gigs including Good Lovelies at Southwold Arts Festival and Danny And The Champions Of The World at Norwich Waterfront.

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Under dramatic Norfolk skies, here are some more stills from the upcoming music video that Claudia Taveira Photography is working on. Check out her impressive photography blog on WordPress 

Free Downloads on SoundCloud

Original acoustic song ‘Here Alone’ which features Nashville producer David Henry:

New cover, trying a live acoustic version of ‘Believe’ Mumford and Sons. Like the emotion and dynamics of this tune:

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!

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

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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C2C Next Week! Signing and Performance at The Saloon Sunday March 8th

Road to ‪#‎c2c2015‬ can’t wait to play C2C Country to Country pop up stages next weekend. Playing brand new stage The Saloon on Sunday March 8th at 2.10pm amongst a great line up.

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Hope to see you there. Thanks so much toW21Music for this lovely banner!

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I’m also excited to be doing a signing after my performance. Goodies past and present will be available! Signing will be in the Town Square between 3.45 and 4.15pm. Here’s the full information.

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Also had fun doing a video and photo shoot this week with Claudia Taveira Photography. Some photos below:

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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

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’

French Interview 

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