BBC Music Feature, Songwriting Magazine Article, IWD Broadcast, New Videos

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BBC Radio Norfolk music feature for Rob Butler’s show

It’s been really fun to be part of a new regular music feature for Rob Butler’s show on BBC Radio Norfolk where I’ve recorded live acoustic covers from the 80’s and beyond, as well as Britpop tracks and Pride anthems. Rob previously featured the Future Radio fundraising single ‘This Fine City’ and interviewed me about it for Norwich City fanzine show The Scrimmage. So far I have performed six brilliant songs: the classic pop of Erasure’s ‘A Little Respect’, Tom Petty’s anthemic ‘I Won’t Back Down’, ‘Slide Away” by Oasis, ‘Inbetween Days’ The Cure and most recently ‘So in Love’ by OMD. I’ve also covered ‘Jolene’ by the one and Dolly Parton and you can see a live performance on YouTube as well as hear the version on my Soundcloud page Keep listening to Rob’s show (Monday – Wednesday evenings) for my next covers challenge!

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Broadcast for International Women’s Day

It was lovely to be part of a very exciting and creative broadcast being played across the U.K. for this year’s International Women’s Day. I was among 30 female artists from across the country invited to write & recorded a brand new piece in under a day to be broadcast on community radio stations around the country, including Future Radio. The full #internationalwomensday broadcast is now available to listen to online at SoundCloud – my original piece written ‘Wings to Fly’ is at 11:30 https://soundcloud.com/soundart-radio

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Safe Rescue for Dogs feature for All Things Norfolk

I wrote about the IWD broadcast in one of my recent columns for All Things Norfolk. I also shared details of ‘One in the Crowd’ – acoustic charity single for Safe Rescue for Dogs – and it was lovely to receive airplay on various radio stations for the song as well as getting to talk about it and introduce it on a BBC Upload show – a show that showcases local creative talent of all kinds. Thanks also to Belles and Gals for this lovely article about the song and for having me perform recently for one of their #UKCMSA live-streams.

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BBC Upload
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After writing a feature for the winter issue, it’s lovely to have contributed another new article ‘Lessons Learned in Lockdown’ to the brilliant spring issue of Songwriting Magazine. The new issue is packed with tips, news, reviews, gear and interviews featuring Diane Warren, Teenage Fanclub, Hailey Whitters, Tom Grennan, Newton Faulkner, Peggy Seegar and more. Available at Pocketmags here

Merry Christmas! New Videos, Songwriting Magazine Article

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 unknown
I 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

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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’

Fundraising Single for Future Radio, Collaboration Projects

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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

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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

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“heartfelt lyrics, beautiful vocal harmonies & a gentle melody. Lisa brings out first class lyrics alongside haunting string instruments & scenic visuals.” Huge thanks to worldwide platform Music Crowns for a brilliant review of Edge of Love:

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.

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Not long before #lockdown my CD’s were made available to buy at HMV Norwich – check them out now and support #liveandlocal brilliant how they’re supporting local independent artists.

New Videos, BBC Airplay, New Remix, Podcast Interview, Radio Sessions

“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.

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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.

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Live acoustic session for Reepham Festival
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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

Headline Shows and Festivals, Dixie TV Playlist, BBC Airplay, New Videos

‘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

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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

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Really enjoy getting fan requests – playing an incredible Maria McKee song ‘Panic Beach’ especially for Michael Park at The International Americana Music Show

New Single ‘I Just Can’t Forget’ More Reviews, Leaving Traces – Neal Casal Celebration

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I’m very excited to announce a new single release. I Just Can’t Forget – a song which has been recorded in session for Whispering Bob TV’s Under the Apple Tree and already received some lovely reviews – will be released on 15 November.

“It’s fair to say I’ve been really impressed by everything here; not just Lisa’s gorgeously expressive and honeyed voice but her clever and intricate songwriting too; with both combining best of all on my favourite track I Just Can’t Forget, which is a real class act in itself and made me stare at the speakers in wonderment the first time I heard it.” Rocking Magpie

“The beautiful, slow-burning impact of the pedal-steel coloured I Just Can’t Forget further displays Redford’s skills. Her ability to pen songs of genuine quality suggests her moment is due very soon.”RnR Magazine ****

I Just Can’t Forget and the beautifully intimate closing track Alone Tonight are simply gorgeous tearjerkers. It takes real talent to make such songs not sound overly sentimental and sappy, and Redford pulls it off with class. Like I said: that’s how I prefer my country.” Slim Chance, NL 

I Just Can’t Forget is a soul-tinged song featuring Lisa’s silky voice crooning heart aching lyrics. Lush and honeyed but with an edge lurking underneath…natural and effortless, a moody slow burner that is quite irresistible.” Alan Cackett

I Just Can’t Forget is perhaps the most musically intriguing track of five here. Its sultry intro, featuring the combination of pedal steel and electric guitars, is allowed to thread beautifully through the rest of the song. Acoustic guitar and drums are gradually added, with a dual vocal harmony towards the end completing an impressive musical build.” Building Our Own Nashville 

“I Just Can’t Forget is one of those songs where country meets soul, another memorable melody and what must rate as some of Lisa’s most heartfelt vocals make this a highlight on the EP. “All the times you won’t remember/I just can’t forget,” sings Lisa and anyone who has loved and lost will relate to this song. It’s another remarkable performance and is in the running as the best song so far we’ve heard from this remarkable talent.”
Penny Black Music 

“The more I hear I Just Can’t Forget continue the more I fell in love with the song and Lisa’s vocal range.” Bring Country to the UK

“reflective, lonely and melancholic piece that can easily be imagined forming part of a soundtrack.” Outline Magazine

“a future classic” The Country Rock Show 

“Fine artist..I recommend you check this out” Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster 

“That really is three minutes of musical genius.” 
Wow! huge thanks to BBC Radio Merseyside for the kind words and playing “I Just Can’t Forget” alongside many major country artists. The song has also been played on this week’s BBC Introducing in Suffolk and many other radio shows.

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I am very honoured to be playing this beautiful celebration of the life and music of the incredible Neal Casal alongside some wonderful musicians at The Betsey Trotwood London on 2 November. I’m sure many of you know how much his music has inspired me and meant so much. Organised by Danny Champ, all proceeds will go to #MusicMindsMatter
The event is already close to selling out and is going to be a really special evening. 

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“fits seamlessly into a contemporary Americana/Folk sound that is commercial & radio friendly..beautifully arranged and played by an ensemble of studio players that include the multi-instrumental talents of Jose McGill..No questioning the talent of this artist..the time for Lisa Redford to reach a wider audience is well-nigh… Do check out this excellent music.” Huge thanks to LonesomeHighway.com in Dublin for this lovely review of “Edge of Love” and also for the airplay on this week’s Lonesome Highway show

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Another lovely review for ‘Edge of Love’ – huge thanks The British Steelies Society Newsletter for this lovely feature. “Norwich singer and songwriter Lisa Redford has written all the songs on this EP..her styling is a mix of country/folk, pop and soul and her deliverance of these songs are really first class.” Mentions for all the amazing musicians including Alan Cook with his “tasty pedal steel and 12 string Rickenbacker”

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Artist of the Week, New Live Videos, New Interviews, More Lovely Reviews for ‘Edge of Love’

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Huge thanks to British Country Airplay for making me Artist of the Week. This will mean lots of airplay for my songs across various country music shows.

Had a great time in August performing more summer festival and events. Thanks to Trevor Allen for some lovely photos from my set at The Waterfront Sessions. He also filmed the black and white live video below for latest single “Let Go.”

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Many more new live videos added to my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/lisaredfordmusic and Instagram lisaredfordmusic

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Thanks to 140 Promotions for filming “The Edge of Love.”

Such a special moment! performing to a full room and hearing the lovely audience singing along to this Cat Stevens classic. Thanks for the warm reception Weyfest Music Festival 

“Lisa has an easy, beautifully textured voice and an achingly candid way with a lyric..sharp, sweet insight and heart-tugging hooks, the sounds of her different worlds collide to soothe your soul..”
Beautiful review for ‘Edge of Love’ ❤️ huge thanks to respected music journalist, publicist and broadcaster Alan Cackett for featuring on his brilliant website. Full review here

“For those looking for a folk-laden country record, you need look no further.”
The second lovely review for new EP ‘Edge of Love’ in 24 hours! An honour to also be compared to the amazing Nanci Griffith. Huge thanks to Building Our Own Nashville for this wonderful review 

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New Interviews! Lovely to chat to Samantha Melrose for her brilliant ‘The Inside Track podcast. Talkingcountry music, being a woman in music and independent artist, plus new EP Edge of Love❤️ thanks for listening.

I also chatted to Laura Klonowski about the writing of new single “Let Go”
Huge thanks Laura and Belles and Gals Full interview here

Neal Casal

Beautiful tributes coming in for Neal Casal. Been feeling heartbroken at the loss of someone who was a huge musical inspiration to me. World class musician, singer/songwriter, photographer and such a warm, kind soul.
He provided huge encouragement when I was starting my career. I loved his music so much I would perform and cover his beautiful songs. He said it meant a lot to him that I covered his amazing track ‘Fell on Hard Times’ and put it on one of my albums.
A true artist – I can’t believe he’s gone. 
https://jambands.com/…/jay-blakesberg-shares-memories-of-…/…

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A message I’ll treasure from Neal who wrote these lovely words to me about my album ‘Clouds with Silver.’ It meant the world to me.
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Sweet memories of seeing Neal and his amazing band  performing in Europe. Good times.
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Such an honour to be photographed by Neal in London.
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Just some of Neal’s amazing releases.
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Cool feature in French magazine Crossroads
Live one-off performance I did of his wonderful and emotional song “Fell on Hard Times” at Norwich Arts Centre – such great and powerful lyrics – during a UK headline tour.

New single ‘Let Go’, summer festivals, more lovely reviews

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I’m excited that ‘Let Go’ from the new EP ‘Edge of Love’ will be released as a single on 26 July. It has already had some lovely reviews and airplay. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported the release. Little teaser video filmed in France:


“pretty much perfect pop-rock country” RnR Magazine**** 

“For our money though, the late-night draw of ‘Let Go’ wins hands down with its impression of attempting to win over a hardened crowd at the local honky-tonk via an abundance of harmonies and hooks (with special mention going to the pedal steel and 12-string Rickenbacker).” Famous Last Words Norway

“bright, confident, uptempo..has a “stronger on my own” attitude of liberation..cracking.” Outline Magazine – 9.5 out of 10

“can’t get ‘Let Go’ out of my head.” Zetland FM Country

“a little bit Country, a little bit Folk, a little bit Pop and a whole lot of heartfelt soul!”
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The single coincides with a few lovely summer festivals and events that I am performing including Ipswich Music Day – the biggest one day music event in the country – new festival F-19 on 27 July and a special Americana day at Norwich Waterfront featuring a host of great bands and artists. More information at the show page.

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It was great to perform recently at the brilliant Red Rooster Festival and I was privileged to be selected for a special Americana Music Association UK (AMA-UK) stage featuring an amazing line-up of international female artists – part of a pioneering EU Keychange PRS Foundation pledge to ensure a 50-50 gender balance on festival lineups by 2020.

“Our advice would be to catch her in a small venue now before you can only see her headlining the main stage at C2C Country to Country C2C Country to Country .”
Another lovely review for “Edge of Love” ❤️ also compared to Sarah Darling The Shires and Ward Thomas – Huge thanks Shire Folk Magazine July/August edition.

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“Edge of Love” Worldwide Release, Launch Show, Amazing Magazine Reviews, BBC Session

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“Edge of Love” is now released worldwide! Been blown away by the wonderful reviews and feedback. You can can get a digital download or signed limited edition CD at my Bandcamp store

#Download iTunes https://apple.co/2JunUSF  Amazon https://amzn.to/2VW8tcD #Stream Spotify https://spoti.fi/2VqkV4S 

“The EP offers a wonderful collection of songs about love – touching on every aspect, whether it’s excitement and nerves leading up to a relationship, the time within, or the aftermath. ‘Edge of Love’ is emotional throughout and once again, Lisa has firmly cemented herself as one of the leading singer songwriters of our genre. Brilliant.” Belles and Gals 

“classic heartbreak and sparkling pop..the pretty much perfect pop-rock of “Let Go,” it’s Redford’s expressively versatile and engaging voice that adds the gilt edge. Her ability to pen songs of genuine quality..suggests that her moment is due very soon.” RnR Magazine ****

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The title track also features on the Un-Herd cover mount CD in the May/June issue of RnR Magazine.

“It’s fair to say I’ve been really impressed by everything here; not just Lisa’s gorgeously expressive and honeyed voice but her clever and intricate songwriting too; with both combining best of all on my Favourite Track I Just Can’t Forget, which is a real class act in itself and made me stare at the speakers in wonderment the first time I heard it.” Rocking Magpie Read full review here

“I Just Can’t Forget and the beautifully intimate closing track Alone Tonight are simply gorgeous tearjerkers. It takes real talent to make such songs not sound overly sentimental and sappy, and Redford pulls it off with class. Like I said: that’s how I prefer my country.” Slim Chance, NL Read full review here

“quality, classy pop music with substance that will no doubt sound as fresh and relevant in a decade as they sound today…a timely reminder that she is one of our most talented songwriters..” Penny Black Music. Full review here

“who knew that five tracks could vary so much in style and still feel so connected. This EP has the impact of an album because of it’s versatility and charm. When it comes to the Edge of Love EP, It’s a little bit Country, a little bit Folk, a little bit Pop and a whole lot of heartfelt soul! The Edge of Love EP kept me interested from start to finished with it’s charm. The Music Below Full review here

“A quite superior EP, that has had to fight against the odds to even be heard, and is well worthy of your attention.” W21 Music  Read full review here

“Edge of Love” is catchy and harmoniously rich. Combining all that is so adored about Americana, country and melodic pop, Lisa Redford is a gifted artist and shows off her talents through her emotional depictions of love and loss in each track. Her expressions sound heartfelt and pure..Redford gives her all into this EP and that remains very clear throughout.” Maverick Magazine ****

Thanks also to everyone who came along to the EP launch show and for making it such a special night. Thanks to Richard Dales Coupland at Zetland Country for filming “I Just Can’t Forget” more live videos at YouTube and Instagram

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Huge thanks to Ted Briggs-Comstock for joining me on dobro and banjo. Photos by Rodney Kidd.
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Huge thanks to all the radio shows that have played tracks from “Edge of Love.” I’m in session all this week on BBC Radio Suffolk. Hear 5 live acoustic tracks every evening from 18.30 on Stephen Foster’s Drive Time Show.

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