Please take a moment to watch this touching video that charity Safe Rescue for Dogs have put together, giving an insight into the amazing work they do rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming dogs from the UK and abroad.
I have written and recorded the music in the video to the words by one of the team Kelly Hare. On reading her touching and heartfelt poem I was moved to help them raise funds and awareness for all the hard work this very small team do to save dogs in dreadful conditions in the shelters.
If you would like to find out more and donate, take a look at their Facebook page. As a small charity they rely solely on the kindness and generosity of people to enable them to carry on rescuing and caring for the dogs. So lovely to see that there has been some money raised already.
Happy New Year! wishing you all a very happy and safe new year. Thanks so much for supporting me. Here’s a little version of original song New Year’s Day all about getting through a difficult time and looking to the future with hope. Full live studio version available on Spotify and Bandcamp Thank you for watching and here’s hoping for a brighter 2021
Huge thanks to Vanilla Magazine for this lovely new interview about my passion for teaching music and online music sessions 🎸🎤
Fancy having some vocal lessons or learning guitar or ukulele? I can also provide songwriting classes and help you develop any ideas. I would love to hear from you and am also offering special block booking deals.
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas. Thanks so much to all of you who have supported my music and teaching during what has been such a challenging year for so many of us. In the words of this lovely Greg Lake song which I have covered acoustically:
‘I wish you a hopeful Christmas. I wish you a brave New Year. All anguish, pain and sadness. Leave your heart and let your road be clear.’
Keep safe and here’s hoping for a brighter 2021.
‘This Fine City’ Live Acoustic Version
Thanks so much to everyone who has supported fundraising single for Future Radio #ThisFineCity a song of hope and community during this difficult time.
I wrote the song on my acoustic guitar so thought I would share with you a live acoustic version of the song not long after I had finished it ~ thank you so much for watching and singing along!
I know we’ve been low, living the unknownI believe within these city walls
We’ll rise above – it all ❤️
Huge thanks to all the radio shows that have played the song and interviewed me about it including Foz at BBC Radio Suffolk, The Acoustic Cafe Radio Show, Readit Radio Show, Acoustic Routes, Blues and Roots radio (online from Canada), Radio Nowhere (online from USA), Online radio Box.Reach On Air, CHBN, Forest Folk, Radio Stradbroke and many more mentioned in the previous post. I also chatted to Rob Butler for Norwich City show The Scrimmage on BBC Radio Norfolk and introduced the single on the BBC Upload show with Sophie Little: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08zgktw
I also did a nice interview for Vanilla magazine here
Songwriting Magazine Winter 2020 issue.
As many of you know I love to write about music and songwriting and am excited to see my article On Location featuring in the new Winter issue of Songwriting Magazine
Inspired by the recent fundraising single for Future Radio which was written about #Norwich I have looked into how location has provided inspiration for various acclaimed songwriters.
The Winter 2020 issue #23 features Gary Barlow, Wayne Coyne, Bróna McVittie, KT Tunstall, Tom Walker, Elles Bailey, Blair Dunlop, Passenger, Mike Batt and more. Purchase through Pocketmags here
A little Christmas treat for you all! Just filmed some live acoustic session songs for my YouTube channel including original festive song ‘When Christmas Comes Around’ which was recently played on BBC Suffolk Introducing and BBC Radio Norfolk. I also played two older songs as special requests – ‘Turn Away’ and ‘When You Come Home’ – it’s been really nice to revisit some of my older material. Thank you so much for watching and all the support this year.
Lisa Redford ‘When Christmas Comes Around’ This Fine City artwork by Gwenda Killick
So excited that fundraising single “This Fine City” was released on Friday ~ a heartfelt, anthemic celebration of #Norwich that I have written especially for Future Radio featuring a whole host of talented friends and musicians: Ecky Limon from the Blue Joanna (name checked in the song!), Scott Mathieson, Andrew Todd (amazing production!), Owen Sennitt, Yve Mary B, Callum Morgan from Morganway, Chad Mason, Hannah White, Russell McNamara and Teresa Gibbon.Thanks so much to all the talented friends and artists – including many Future volunteers – who were a part of this very special project. Huge thanks of course to all the hard working team at Future Radio.
Please listen, donate and share the Bandcamp link below – all funds raised from the single will help Future to relocate to a new home – let’s help them find a new studio!
Article in the EDP newspaper. View online “This Fine City” official music video
Already been receiving lots of great press for the single. Was lovely to be Story of the Day at Folk Features – Uplifting stories for Norfolk and Suffolk, brought to you by Emma Outten:
Article at Folk Features
I’ve also written a column for my friends at All Things Norfolk about the making of “This Fine City” read the article here
So lovely that the song has already touched people and really resonated. Here’s a beautiful review from Richard Shashamane for his Norwich: Music City, UK Blog:
Immediately upon my first listening to this rousing celebration of Norwich and hope for the future I felt renewed optimism as well as being quite moved by the heartfelt love of the city so sincerely expressed in song. Joyous and triumphant in its hope.
This Fine City video still
There has also been some lovely BBC airplay for ‘This Fine City’ over the weekend! Thanks to BBC Music Introducing in Norfolk and BBC Music Introducing in Suffolk plus the single was played on Stephen Foster’s BBC Radio Norfolk and BBC Radio Suffolk show on the week from 6pm. Listen via BBC Sounds. I have been recording a few interviews including one with Good Health Radio in Australia. This will available on Monday October 19. I have also been doing some interviews for local television including That’s TV East – video here Also this Tuesday October 20 Ecky Limon and I talked about the single on ITN News Anglia and played a snippet of the song outside the Blue Joanna.
Interview on ITV News Anglia Playing “This Fine City” outside The Blue Joanna, Norwich with Ecky Limon on guitar
Been doing lots of radio interviews to promote the single and it was lovely to chat to David Eastaugh for arts and culture show Platform, all about the inspiration for the song. You can hear the interview at: http://futureradio.co.uk/futureplayer/mixcloudplayer/3632
Huge thanks to Jamie at Grapevine Live Magazine – remember performing for the Grapevine Live stage at Ipswich Music Day – for a lovely interview all about the single here
As you know, I love to have my songs remixed and it’s been wonderful to work again with Neil Timbers who has done a brilliant electronic remix of ‘The Edge of Love’
Listen to the audio here on SoundCloud
I’ve been busy with a few creative projects and excited that I have written an original song for Future Radio in Norwich. The photo above is from a video shoot for the #fundraising single release. “This Fine City” will be released to coincide with #LocalRadioDay & features a host of talented friends and artists from Norfolk. More news soon!
I love to collaborate on music projects and also to perform other artists’s material – it really inspires me and my own writing – so I’ve really enjoyed interpreting this lovely, heartfelt song written by Kate Raison, a talented songwriter who I met during Chris Difford’s Songwriting Retreat last year. Here is also an acoustic demo of the song that I’ve recorded: https://soundcloud.com/user-466575967/dont-tell-me-that-you-love-me-tonight-demo-sung-by-lisa-redford
Thrilled to be in the beautiful new video by artist Megan O’Neill for her single Fire with Fire — a powerful and amazing celebration of women and women in music – alongside incredible female artists, please watch: Thank you Megan for this incredible message
“heartfelt lyrics, beautiful vocal harmonies & a gentle melody. Lisa brings out first class lyrics alongside haunting stringd instruments & scenic visuals.” Huge thanks to worldwide platform Music Crowns for a brilliant review of Edge of Love:
‘The Edge of Love’ delivers heartfelt lyrics and beautiful vocal harmonies
Really enjoyed the recent Sheryl Crow BBC Radio 2 #livefromhome #festival performance ❤️🎵 always loved this fantastic song of hers “Sad Sad World” from a special edition of her self-titled album released in 1996.
Not long before #lockdown my #cds were made available to buy at HMV Norwich – check them out now and support #liveandlocal brilliant how they’re supporting local independent artists.
“Summer on the L” Music Video
I hope that you’re keeping safe and well. As many of you know from my social media posts, I’ve been continuing to keep creative with various projects and live streams and I really enjoyed putting this special clips video together for my song “Summer on the L” – all about my time living in New York City – making friends and memories, the highs and lows, and performing and recording there as an artist.
Footage includes clips from inside and outside the Dakota Building, Times Square, Brooklyn, Central Park, 4th of July fireworks, Governors Island, the short film ‘Q to the 6 Train’ (for which I wrote the original score) as well as recording in the studio and live performances from The New York Songwriters Circle and Alive with Clive TV show. Thanks so much for watching this very personal video and all the love for this particular song during my recent live streams.
The song has also earned airplay on BBC Introducing the past two week from BBC Radio Suffolk and BBC Radio Norfolk
‘Edge of Love’ Phillip Coady Mix
I always love collaborating with other artists and also hearing my songs remixed. Thanks to Phillip Coady – who has remixed tracks of mine in the past, on SoundCloud – for this gorgeous, dreamy electronic mix of ‘Edge of Love’ ❤️ the title track of my latest EP. Thanks for giving it a listen and huge thanks to Park Radio BBC Suffolk BBC Music Introducing in Suffolk for the airplay.
Country in the Kitchen podcast
It was lovely to be interviewed for Country In The Kitchen Podcast last week; a great podcast that features guests from the UK independent country music scene. I talked to host Tessa-Leanne Snart about being creative during lockdown with the release of ‘From Afar’, being an independent artist and arts/music columnist, the UK country music scene and more. The episode, Volume 15, is now available to listen to and download at Podbean iTunes and Spotify
I’ve also recorded a live acoustic session for Russell Hill’s Country Music Show. This will be broadcast on Sunday August 9th between 11am and 2pm.
Live acoustic session for Reepham Festival Live stream gig at Facebook
Talking of live music, I’ve been doing some acoustic live streams from my own Facebook and also for festivals including Buckle and Boots and SW20 spring festival. I’m planning more and always love to hear your requests. This weekend on Saturday August 8th I’m doing a special acoustic live session for Reepham Festival between 6pm and 9pm
I’ve also been continuing to play acoustic requests at my YouTube channel including this beautiful and timeless Sandy Denny song.
Cover of Sandy Denny “Who Knows Where the Time Goes”
I’ve still been getting lots of love for lockdown single ‘From Afar’ and recently posted a ukulele version – thanks so much to those of you who have purchased the song from my Bandcamp page
“From Afar” ukulele version
I really hope that you’re all keeping safe and well during this unprecedented and difficult time. I’ve been using this time to be creative and written and recorded ‘From Afar’ at home. The heartfelt song is all about missing our loved ones during this difficult time. The song is only available to purchase at my Bandcamp store ~ thanks so much for listening and any support 💖
I’ve also filmed a little music video at home in Norwich and at a beautiful village nearby during a quiet walk. Wesley is the gorgeous springer spaniel – my very able and well behaved co-star! Thank you so much for watching. Huge thanks to All Things Norfolk for this lovely feature
Huge thanks to Sound and Country Vision for making me Artist of the Day and featuring ‘From Afar’ Thanks to BBC Radio Suffolk and BBC Suffolk Introducing for playing the song this week and all the other radio stations that have already supported ‘From Afar’
Behind the Song: Lisa Redford ‘Anything but Easy’ ~ I love to share my songwriting process and in this new video I’m talking about the inspiration, writing and recording of my first single from ‘Edge of Love’
Huge thanks to SW20 Country – Sounds of Nashville for all their support, it really means a lot. I also recently did a fun live-stream show for them ~ the video and other live-streams are at the Shows page.
Also for SW20 Country I recorded this lovely interview with the show:
I’ve also been enjoying learning and playing acoustic cover requests that I’ve received from fans and friends. Here’s the brilliant song ‘Crowded Table’ from The Highwomen.
Also playing this beautiful Neal Casal song ‘Moving on Without You’
This is such a difficult time for us all. 💔 I do hope you are keeping safe and healthy. Dealing with cancelled & postponed gigs and heartbroken that my upcoming trip to Nashville for meetings, radio sessions and shows has been cancelled. However, I am continuing to share my passion for music. 🎶 Teaching guitar, vocals and ukulele via Skype, WhatsApp, Zoom and FaceTime. Please go to the teaching page to find out more and to read testimonials. You can also email email@example.com
The show page will also be updated with any rescheduled dates. Please keep safe everyone. 💕
My CD’s are looking pretty in HMV Norwich! Instagram post from HMV Norwich Chapelfield – On sale now in our store, are 5 releases from the amazing Lisa Redford in our live and local section!
Thanks to Simon Moore, Breadknife Music for filming ‘Why’ live at BFR Presents at the Bowling House. Jason French on banjo. More live clips at https://www.instagram.com/lisaredfordmusic/ Live at the Reindeer Norwich for Tilting Sky Presents Songwriter Sessions. Photo by Dickie Hartt.
It was really nice to be the studio guest on BBC Radio Norfolk recently. Talking CD’s for sale at HMV Norwich Chapelfield and all my other news. Huge thanks to Keith Greentree and Rodeo Norfolk Listen again via BBC Sounds here #countrymusic #bbc
On #internationalwomensday it was also lovely to sit down and chat with Danielle Booden Media for her Enjoy Music More #podcast EDP 24 talking all things #music my #songwriting hosting a show on Future Radio and being a #womaninmusic
‘The Edge of Love’ Music Video
“I literally fall for the nostalgic and melancholy of The Edge of Love. The chords and arpeggios marry beautifully with Lisa’s fragile and emotional voice.” Claude Scébat Rock’n’Reviews
“creating a melancholic melody that is captivatingly beautiful.” Build Our Own Nashville
It’s been a busy and creative start to the year – made a little video for the title track of the latest EP ‘Edge of Love’ – huge thanks Keith Greentree and The Big Country Show for playing it 🎵Listen again via BBC Sounds here
Thrilled that latest single “I Just Can’t Forget” has been chosen for Ditty Dozen at Ditty TV – a US Spotify playlist dedicated to sharing twelve of the most exciting emerging artists in Americana & Roots music! 🎵🎸Here’s the link to the playlist
Been booking some great headline shows and festivals for this spring and summer. Among the gigs is a lovely headline intimate totally acoustic concert on May 2nd in Beccles. Tickets are now available online here
Upcoming gigs and festivals are at the show page
Also going to be playing some lovely festivals – excited to be back at the brilliant Reepham Festival in August and heading to Stockport, Manchester in May for Buckle & Boots 2020
Really enjoy getting fan requests – playing an incredible Maria McKee song ‘Panic Beach’ especially for Michael Park at The International Americana Music Show
“Your new single is a beautiful song. I really like the traditional country sound, the musical arrangement is hair raising! Your voice has a real Jennifer Nettles feel too.” Tessa-Leanne Snart. Huge thanks to Sound & Country Vision for recently making new single ‘I Just Can’t Forget’ Track of the Week and to all the other radio stations that have played it and anyone who has streamed, download and purchased it – so so appreciated.
“Vocally and lyrically the song is so blissfully authentic and smooth to listen to which is a recurring theme from the EP that has a real strong feel of warmth and honesty..‘I Just Can’t Forget’ incorporates this exquisite use of musical talent with glorious harmonies to accompany Redford’s vocal prowess and beautiful songwriting.” Thanks also to Think Country for this beautiful review.
I’ve made a little video for the single featuring clips from a lovely trip to the South of France and my Under the Apple Tree Session for Whispering Bob TV, where I performed the song live.
“I Just Can’t Forget is the prize track on the EP Edge of Love by British country singer Lisa Redford. That EP was released last May, and I reviewed it on these pages at the time. And I still stand behind what I said back then: it takes real talent to make a tearjerker like this sound moving but not overly sentimental, and Redford pulls it off with ease.”
’I Just Can’t Forget’ a Favourite Song of the Month! Thank you to Slim Chance in The Netherlands
More European reviews. Huge thanks to French music blog Alongside Nashville for this lovely feature about ‘Edge of Love’ – hope to perform there again soon ~ European tour for 2020?
Check out the brand new November/December issue of Maverick Magazine – out now!Tons of wonderful artists are featured including Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, Ashley McBryde plus ‘I Just Can’t Forget’ is included on the brilliant free CD.
Available via their website www.maverick-country.com & select WH Smiths.
New Interview and Feature“Edge of Love has 5 self-written songs that are a blend of styles that I’m inspired by: Americana, country, folk, soul and pop…”
Huge thanks to Merryn Music for this cool interview
“Lisa Redford has been a long time favourite of ours here at Belles and Gals – she was one of the first UK artists we ever featured and one of the first we ever interviewed too!” Huge thanks to my friends at Belles and Gals for also featuring new single “I Just Can’t Forget”
Enjoy Music More Interview and Live Acoustic Session – Five minutes with Lisa Redford
Here’s a brand new interview and live acoustic session with the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper. Playing an unplugged version of Edge of Love the title track of the new EP. Link and video here
Leaving Traces – Celebrating Neal Casal
I was very honoured to recently perform at Leaving Traces – a beautiful and moving celebration of the music, life and photography of the incredible Neal Casal alongside some wonderful musicians at The Betsey Trotwood in London. All proceeds from the sold out concert went to Music Minds Matter – more information regarding their work here.
Below are a couple of Neal’s amazing songs that I performed on this truly emotional evening – one of my absolute favourites ‘All the Luck in the World’ from his stunning album ‘Rain, Wind and Speed’ and the incredible ‘Fell on Hard Times.’
Thanks to the brilliant Alan Cook for joining me on pedal steel and to Pierangela Manzetti for filming this truly special night. It was also lovely to perform a duet with the brilliant Danny George Wilson (Bennett, Wilson, Poole/Danny and The Champions of the World)
‘All the Luck in the World’ Live at The Betsey Trotwood ‘Fell on Hard Times’ Live at The Betsey Trotwood