Weekly BBC Radio Music Feature, International Women’s Day Broadcast

As mentioned in my last post I’m part of a brand new fun regular music feature on Rob Butler’s evening show on BBC Radio Norfolk where I’ll be performing live acoustic versions of classic songs from the 80’s and beyond as well as Britpop tracks and Pride anthems. It’s been really fun to have a weekly covers challenge and so far there are three brilliant songs that I’ve played which you can listen again to via BBC Sounds:

Erasure’s ‘A Little Respect’ at 3:04 https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0954y1c

A live Tom Petty cover from 3:14 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p095t6nt

Last week I covered ‘Jolene’ by the one and only Dolly Parton. Listen again via BBC Sounds at 2:41 here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p096dh55

Video of ‘Jolene’ acoustic cover

I’ve also uploaded my acoustic cover of Erasure’s ‘A Little Respect’ to my SoundCloud page:

https://soundcloud.com/lisaredford/a-little-respect-live-acoustic-erasure-cover

A special programme for International Women’s Day: 

Monday March 8th

I was recently part of another interesting creative project. Lightning Birds: A Game of Sonic Tag is a collaborative, fast-paced radio production, responding to the 2021 International Women’s Day theme of ‘Choose to Challenge’.

I was among 30 women artists & community radio practitioners asked to make a short, original piece from their own home, recorded within a day. Each woman responded to the previous work and passed their own original piece on to the next in the chain. Each will have only heard the audio that comes before hers – and won’t hear the others until the broadcast on March 8th. 

This is a new collaboration which brings together women’s voices from a partnership of 14 community radio stations. The final one-hour programme will be played across the network on Monday March 8th.

I really enjoyed the challenge of writing an original piece in such a short amount of time. Being creative is an essential outlet for me, particularly during this time, and the process of following another piece, and having an idea to follow, really focused my energies and made me feel very inspired. I’m really excited to hear the final broadcast; it was great to be part of such a unique project for International Women’s Day. Below are the community radio stations that will broadcast the final piece – this includes my friends at Future Radio in Norwich.

Huge thanks to BBC Upload – a show that showcases creative talent of all kinds – for playing the charity song One in the Crowd and having me on the show to talk about its inspiration. Thanks also to the many radio shows around the country that have played and featured the song. It really means a lot and all helps to raise awareness – and more importantly funds – for rescue charity Safe Rescue for Dogs.

Thanks to the brilliant Belles and Gals for this lovely article and I also wrote a piece about the song for my friends at All Things Norfolk pictured here with best buddy Wesley.

Festival Season – Playing DATH Festival

On bus

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.

dubs beetle

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

Lisa Outside

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.

studio mill

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:

BritFestNYC ~ New Video and photos!

Lots of fun playing at BritFestNYC at The Delancey and adding in some favourite covers too. Cool new live video from the show below ~ thanks to Dean Holtermann for posting!

Live photo from Saturday by LaNita Adams. Plus more great live shots from BritFestNYC at the Facebook Page. All photos by LaNita Adams plus a review of the show at this NY blog