Show with Sarah Darling, Under the Apple Tree Session, Press and Reviews

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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.

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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”.

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Bob Harris and I between two pedal steel greats! Chris Hillman and Alan Cook.

Sarah Darling Show, Americana UK Conference and Awards

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Very excited that I’ll be supporting the wonderful Nashville singer songwriter Sarah Darling at The Waterfront Studio on March 15th as part of her first UK headline tour. Having supported her last year on the A Night in Nashville tour I know it’s going to be an amazing show.

Photos below are from another great time at this year’s AmericanaFest conference and awards which I was covering for iSing Magazine. The Awards, hosted by Bob Harris, were full of wonderful performances including Lifetime Achievement winner Robert Plant and Trailblazer recipients Mumford and Sons.

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Recent Shows, New Live Videos, Upcoming BBC Radio Interview

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Had a great time playing two successive lovely Americana nights. I performed at Grapevine for Music at The Guildhall, who host regular showcases of great folk and country artists, and then on the following night supported I support the excellent duo, The Worry Dolls at OPEN, fresh from their recent AMA UK Award nomination. Also playing were the fabulous Morganway doing a special stripped down set.

“An easy and engaging manner between songs and wonderfully evocative, melancholic, wistful stories within them.” Thanks so much Richard Shashamané for this great review in his excellent Norwich music blog here. Superb photos too as always.

Full video of Lucinda Williams cover “Still I Long For Your Kiss” performed at OPEN. Love singing this great song:

Thanks to Connor Bannon for this cool photo from The Guildhall show:

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Following on from my recent Future Radio People’s Playlist show, where I played and talked about my favourite songs, I’m really looking forward to being the Tuesday Guest on BBC Radio Norfolk next Tuesday, 21st November between 6-7pm. I’ll be chatting to Matthew Gudgin about my career journey and all-time favourite music. Just going to be hard to whittle down my choices to only 6 favourite songs! The show link is here

Two new live videos from my recent show supporting Tom McRae. “Live Your Life” from this year’s beautiful charity compilation “Postcards for Peace”:

“Time to Grow”

Deepdale Music Festival and Upcoming Gigs

Lovely time playing Deepdale Festival at the weekend. Such a friendly relaxed atmosphere and thanks to drummer Terry for joining my set impromptu!

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Huge thanks also to Jon Clifton Photography for these great live shots:

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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.

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Gigs, Festivals The Garage, Live Videos

Fun evening performing at Breeze’s special EP launch at The Garage, Norwich. Thanks to Ian Edwards Photography for some great live shots:

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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. 

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Chillin’ after the show with all the night’s performers, Breeze, Kolin Durier and Grant Ley.

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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.

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Reepham Festival Videos

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Had a lovely time performing two acoustic sets at Reepham Festival. Such a lovely friendly festival. On Saturday I performed in the Church and was accompanied by Jonathan Threadwell on electric guitar. I wrote about my first time playing at this lovely festival and all my other recent music news in my latest column for All Things Norfolk.

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On Sunday I performed at the historic Whitwell station.

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Next gig is this special celebration of Breeze Redwine’s debut EP ‘Trust’ which has been earning airplay on BBC Introducing:

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A Night In Nashville

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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.  

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Live videos, ‘Carolina Rain’

‘Music and the Mountains’

‘Another Place and Time’ ~ More videos at the YouTube channel 

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:

‘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

 

New Live Videos with Dobro and Photos

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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:

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New Music Video ‘Time to Grow’

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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.