Hey guys, I’m really, really excited to have launched my first ever PledgeMusic crowdfunding project for my brand new release! I have some special rewards and exclusives on offer including two beloved guitars and some rare memorabilia from my back catalogue! You will also be helping Dogs Trust as I spend a lot of time walking rescue dogs and their companionship is truly special. Please watch the video and check out the rewards on offer – so appreciate any shares on social media!
Here is the PledgeMusic link: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/lisaredford
Enjoyed an amazing gig recently at Norwich Arts Centre – Ethan Johns and The Black Eyed Dogs. It was so lovely – and a real treat – to also interview Ethan for Songwriting Magazine. He has been a real music hero having produced some of my favourite records including “Heartbreaker” and “Gold” by Ryan Adams. It was also great to catch up with the band’s fabulous Georgina Leach who played on my album “Lost Again” back in the day – her first album session recording! Look out for my interview with Ethan appearing in Songwriting Magazine soon.
So excited to announce a London gig! Playing the lovely award-winning Green Note for my dear friends Black Cat Music Promotions Limited on 4 December as special guest for the brilliant No Coward Soul. Hope to see some London buddies! x
Always lovely being on Park Radio – a great radio station supporting local artists. Huge thanks to Andrew Cooper at Sunday Introducing. Check out my Facebook page to see a live video of “Never Was a Yesterday” the third of the live songs I played.
It’s been a very busy Summer already! I had so much fun performing a special acoustic concert in beautiful Pézenas, South of France with superb guitarist Luigi Notarangelo.
I have posted some more live videos on YouTube and also on Instagram. Here is “Call Me”
A cover of “Lovesong” by The Cure:
Following that I performed a lovely headline concert for my friends in Burnham Deepdale. Here is a cover of “Rocket Man” thanks to the audience for singing along!
Just this past weekend I enjoyed a beautiful sultry night playing Stradisphere Music Festival and it was lovely to meet the brilliant Mercury Music Prize winning Badly Drawn Boy ahead of his excellent headline set.
It was also a joy to perform “Courage” with my amazing student Breeze Redwine:
The day after I had a great time at Maverick Festival seeing some memorable performances and soaking up the always warm, friendly atmosphere. I also had a lot of fun performing on the Jimmy Rodgers stage. Huge thanks to Tin Can Review for a lovely afternoon of live music.
One of my favourite acts of the weekend were Australia’s Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes – who I also saw perform last year – and I recently interviewed Lachlan for Songwriting Magazine ahead of their UK tour. It was great to catch up with them and also wonderful singer songwriter Imogen Clark. Here is us after their wonderful set in The Barn:
“This is a beautiful performance from Lisa as she accompanies herself on acoustic guitar with Alan Cook playing pedal steel guitar.” Huge thanks to Stephpar’s Song A Day for this lovely review of my brand new song “I Just Can’t Forget” performed in session for Whisperingbobtv
Lisa Redford – I Just Can’t Forget
“Heartfelt lyrics, great singing and playing. Hope this Apple Tree will bear more of these in the future” Thanks also to Radio Campagne in The Netherlands for their kind words and all the airplay of my music.
Had a great weekend at Ramblin’ Roots Revue, an excellent Americana roots music festival at Bucks Student Union. Saw so much amazing live music including storming sets by Danny and the Champions, Robert Vincent, The Magic Numbers and a fun Tom Petty tribute. It was also lovely to meet Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers before their headline set.
Had fun performing on the Earbelly Music acoustic stage and it was lovely to be joined again by Alan Cook on pedal steel and dobro – Alan recently joined me for my Whispering Bob TV Under the Apple Tree session – and we also recorded a live session for Medicine Music, video on their YouTube channel soon.
Performing new song “Anything But Easy”
It’s been a busy few days! Had a wonderful night performing at Norwich Waterfront Studio opening for Sarah Darling. It was exciting to perform two brand new songs and lovely to have the brilliant Noel Dashwood joining me on exceptional dobro and harmony vocals.
New song “I Just Can’t Forget”
Rehearsing new song “Anything But Easy” before the show:
Sarah sounded absolutely sublime and it was a joy to support her.
“With dobro player Noel by her side, she opened up the evening with a great array of original songs which she has written over her substantial career as a musician.
It was easy to be drawn in by her elegant and classy deliverance” Huge thanks to the EDP Newspaper for this great review.
“Lisa performs numbers from her recent Another Place and Time EP, several brand new songs, and also one of my favourites, Carolina Rain from the earlier Slipstream album. Lisa has always moved seamlessly between the worlds of country and folk, but tonight’s set understandably steers more towards the former, and provides a great opener to tonight’s show.” And thanks also to Outline Magazine for their kind words.
Prior to the show I was interviewed by Fatea Magazine about songwriting, favourite artists and my career. Huge thanks to Nic Rigby.
The following day I had a lovely afternoon recording my second Under the Apple Tree session for Whispering Bob TV. It’s always special catching up with Bob Harris and for this session it was so nice to be reunited with pedal steel player Alan Cook who played on my second album “Lost Again”.
Bob Harris and I between two pedal steel greats! Chris Hillman and Alan Cook.
Lovely time playing Deepdale Festival at the weekend. Such a friendly relaxed atmosphere and thanks to drummer Terry for joining my set impromptu!
Huge thanks also to Jon Clifton Photography for these great live shots:
Live video from the festival, performing a cover of the Cat Stevens classic ‘First Cut is the Deepest.’
My latest column for All Things Norfolk previews more of my upcoming gigs including Oxjam.
Fun evening performing at Breeze’s special EP launch at The Garage, Norwich. Thanks to Ian Edwards Photography for some great live shots:
It was lovely to perform a duet with Breeze, this sweet Ella Henderson song ‘Yours’. Breeze shone on the night. More videos at the YouTube Channel.
Chillin’ after the show with all the night’s performers, Breeze, Kolin Durier and Grant Lay.
Live video from Whitwell, Reepham Festival. Thanks to Tim Moll for filming:
More live gigs coming up including the first Deepdam Festival in the beautiful surroundings of Burnham Deepdale.
Had a wonderful gig this week as part of A Night In Nashville supporting three wonderful Nashville based songwriters Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic and Michael Logen. I was joined by the brilliant dobro player Noel Dashwood who features on the latest EP. The artists were so warm and inspiring and their version of ‘Jolene’ is a real goosebumps moment.
Thanks to Norwich Music Blog by Richard Shashamané for the lovely photos and great review:
Lisa played a lovely set of Americana flavoured songs with stories of “what might have been” gently and sensitively accompanied by Noel. The storytelling of the songs and Lisa’s pure and emotive voice was a real pleasure to listen to.
Live videos, ‘Carolina Rain’
‘Music and the Mountains’
‘Another Place and Time’ ~ More videos at the YouTube channel
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:
‘Music and the Mountains’ Live at OPEN
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
Here are some more photos from my recent concert supporting Eliza Carthy at OPEN Norwich. Thanks to Ian Edwards Photography for these cool shots.
I’ve also posted some more videos from the show. Here’s ‘Dragonfly’ featuring Noel Dashwood on harmony vocals and dobro:
Playing ‘Live Your Life’ backstage before being called to soundcheck!
The lights of the big stage:
As previewed in my recent columns for Norwich Evening News and All Things Norfolk, I’m really excited to share my brand new music video on Vimeo ‘Time to Grow’ filmed by Claudia Taveira Photography. Claudia has filmed a few lovely videos for me and also some wonderful photos. Check out her amazing photography on her blog here
LISA REDFORD “Time to Grow” from Claudia Taveira on Vimeo.