Nashville In the Round Show, Buckle and Boots Festival

Honoured to be asked to support three wonderful #Nashville based singer songwriters, Sarah DarlingJenn Bostic and Michael Logen at Norwich Arts Centre on Tuesday, 23rd May. Will be performing with the amazing dobro player Noel Dashwood who played on the latest EP.

I preview the concert and also the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in my latest music column for  All Things Norfolk 

The Show page has also been updated to include my upcoming festival appearances at Buckle and Boots Festival in Manchester and Reepham Festival. Sarah Darling and Jenn Bostic will also be performing at Buckle and Boots, a festival celebrating country music, as well as many other other renowned country artists.

My column on #Crowdfunding a creative project features in the new Spring issue of Songwriting Magazine. Cover star is Sheryl Crow. You can order the magazine here

Huge thanks to Basement Tapes for creating this beautiful pendant for me! Including my used Taylor guitar strings, it follows on from my personalised necklace. They’re both available to order via their website.

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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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.

 

Latest Column, R1 Academy, Airplay on Amazing Radio

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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.

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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.

 

Playing at Norwich Sound and Vision Festival and New Live Photos!

Live shot from my Bicycle Shop Norwich gig. Photo by Sylvie Varnier. More photos in the Bicycle Shop Concert album on my facebook page.

Very excited to be playing at the PRS for Music opening reception tomorrow for Norwich Sound and Vision Festival! On at 5pm at Norwich Arts Centre. My page on the site here.

Special Homecoming Headline Gig at The Bicycle Shop, Norwich

 

Excited to announce a very special intimate homecoming headline gig at the cool Bicycle Shop, Norwich! This will be the first home city gig since headlining Norwich Arts Centre for the Clouds with Silver tour (and where Lisa Redford Live album was recorded).

Date: Thursday October 4th.

Tickets here:

I’ll also be doing some other gigs in the autumn. For the latest updates, go to the Tour page. Those confirmed so far include WeyfestPlaying the Rustic Stage at this lovely family friendly music festival in Farnham, Surrey. Sunday Sep 2nd. On stage 4.15pm

Plus I’ll be supporting acclaimed US folk/country blues songwriter Sam Baker at  St John’s Church, Farncombe on Friday October 19th. 7.45pm. Tickets £15 link here:

Photo: Mui Tsun