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.

An Update on my Pledge Campaign

As you may have read, PledgeMusic has been dealing with financial issues that have resulted in late payment to artists whose fans have pledged money via the direct-to-fan and crowdfunding platform. I am very disappointed to report I have had no direct response regarding my project. It now means that the release of my upcoming EP “Edge of Love” is being disrupted and delayed. An initial statement from the company was issued last month as an increasing number of artists went public about the late payment issues and the impact they are having on them. Up until now my first experience using PledgeMusic has been very positive. Thanks to my fans, I have had huge amounts of interest in the EP and was thrilled to have exceeded my target. As part of the campaign I offered special rewards such as signed guitars, CDs, handwritten lyrics and gig posters, as well as unique experiences such as voice and guitar lessons and VIP tickets to the EP launch. Unfortunately I haven’t yet received any payment or concrete information from Pledge and I am not alone. Many artists and managers with current Pledge campaigns are eager for news as soon as possible, so that they can decide whether or not to call off those campaigns and find an alternative way to take pre-orders and allow fan-funding. As an independent artist I am relying on these payments so I can fulfil all fan purchases – this has been out of my hands. 

Here is the most recent statement from them: https://www.pledgemusic.com/blog/a-statement-from-pledgemusic?referrer=carousel_article_

There has been uproar from musicians who have been united in finding it unacceptable that PledgeMusic has failed to pass on the funds raised by fans to the artist. Lots of major artists have also been affected, including Jesus Jones and Fastball. The Cardigans, The Dandy Warhols, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Ladytron have also been running campaigns. The company is now looking for a strategic partner or buyer which could safeguard the future of the Pledge business, while also assuring that all artists currently owed money would get paid in full. I truly hope Pledge will meet its obligations. I will keep you updated as much as I can. Thank you so much for all your support and patience. It really does mean a lot.

February 6 – Following on from this, today I received a general message from Pledge reiterating what they have stated on their website:

Thank you getting in touch, and please accept my sincere apologies for the continued inconvenience.

As I’m sure you can appreciate we are experiencing a high volume of enquiries at the moment. We appreciate the frustration you must feel and sincerely apologise for any delay in responding to you.

Our team is working round the clock to get this situation resolved and we hope to have some positive news for you in the near future.

To update you on some of the progress being made:
● We are in discussions with several interested parties about a potential partnership with or acquisition of PledgeMusic. These conversations, if successful, would lead to a transaction which would allow us to meet all of our outstanding obligations.
● We are also in the process of appointing a third-party company to manage all artist payments going forward.

We do ask you for your continued patience even though we appreciate that this must be running extremely thin.

Once again, we do hope to have some positive news for you shortly and as soon as we do we will share it.

For the moment though, please accept our assurances that we are fully focused on resolving these issues and that your enquiry has been logged.

Almost There! PledgeMusic Campaign at 95%! More from the Studio

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Recording for the new EP has continued and it’s been really productive and exciting. As mentioned, I am working with the super talented musician and producer José McGill – band-leader of the award-winning Vagaband – who has created some beautiful arrangements and contributed his huge music talent on an array of instruments.

I can’t wait for you to hear the new material. As well as the musicians already mentioned, there is some wonderful pedal steel from Alan Cook – who I recorded my latest Bob Harris “Under the Apple Tree” session with – and also beautiful cello from award-winning cellist Ivan McCready.

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Some wonderful #cello being recorded in the #studio can’t wait to share the new songs! #cellist #music #musician #strings #arts #recordingstudio #musicmonday #video #songwriter #classy #session #original #originalsong #composer #score #musicalscore #sheetmusic

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I also love to write about music and here is my latest article for All Things Norfolk – a local arts and music website. Here I talk more about the process of recording and the amazing talented musicians involved as well as previewing upcoming gigs and reviewing short films at Norwich Film Festival:

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Now at 80% for my @pledgemusic #crowdfunding #campaign yippee! A little thank you from Wesley and I @piano_tearoom #norfolk #pledgemusic #project #dog #springer #spaniel #springerspaniel #music #musician #newmusic #lake #bestfriends #charity @dogstrust_norfolk #dog #countryside

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Radio Sessions and Co-Hosting on Park Radio

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So much fun co-hosting Sunday Introducing radio show at Park Radio. Played many favourite artists and songs including Neil Young, Phoenix, Hem, Boo Hewerdine, Tom McRae, Ryan Adams, Sufjan Stevens and more. Thanks so much to Andrew Cooper for having me join him on the show.

Brand new video! Recording a live session and interview with The Medicine Show at Ramblin’ Roots Revue. Alan Cook on dobro. Thanks to Rob Ellen for having us perform in the moose mobile!

My latest arts column for All Things Norfolk is now online ~ all my latest music news includes Ramblin’ Roots Revue, Whispering Bob TV and Sarah Darling. Plus previews of WOW Norwich and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

Next show is this weekend at Blue Joanna from 9pm and on Sunday 17 June am headlining a Sunday Session at Burnham Deepdale. Details here:

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Semi-Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition!

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“the songwriting competition to take note of..” New York Times.

Exciting news! Just been informed I’m a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition 2017 for “Trust” performed by Breeze Redwine! They received more than 16,000 entries. Such a thrill as a songwriter to have material recognised. I was also a semi-finalist last year. https://songwritingcompetition.com/winners 

After my support to Sarah Darling, I will be performing at the Deepdale Hygge Festival – a lovely celebration of the North Norfolk coast on March 25th. Here are the full details and a link to the festival

First Show of 2018! Track on New Americana Compilation “Looking for America”

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First show of 2018! Really looking forward to making my debut headline at the Burston Crown this Thursday.  Will be playing two acoustic sets – a mixture of originals and favourite songs.

Out this week! Lovely to have my song “Remember Me” on “Looking for America” a great release celebrating music from the The House Concert European Hub community. Funds raised go to Merican Moose Mobile, a project from Rob Ellen at Medicine Music helping artists from Europe tour stateside. Listen and support the album at Bandcamp

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New ‘Reminders’ EP Out Now!

Hey everyone! Exciting week ahead! Out now through Proper Distribution, the brand new EP ‘Reminders’. Available at iTunes and Amazon plus if you go to my Bandcamp you can read the lyrics, credits and pay through Paypal 🙂 https://lisaredford.bandcamp.com/album/reminders

Also there’s a radio interview here

More to come plus here’s a live performance of title track ‘Reminders’ from the recent UK April tour dates. From Tingewick:

Mastering my New Release

Me in front of my gold discs! ha, not really (maybe someday!). Great day at the studio this week in NJ mastering my new songs. They sound fab!!! Thanks so much to G and J Audio! Was wonderful to work with Gene Paul, son of legendary guitarist Les Paul. Next step ~ artwork!

US TV Appearance ‘Music and the Mountains’

Had a great time enjoying my first Thanksgiving here and had a productive day in the studio last week. Final mixes sound GREAT! so excited. Can’t wait to release my new songs and play them on my UK tour 2012!

Ahead of my latest (third) performance and interview on US TV show Alive with Clive’ being posted online, here’s a clip of me singing “Music and The Mountains” from a previous appearance. ‘Music and the Mountains’ features on ‘Lisa Redford Live’. There were some technical issues but love seeing my lovely Martin guitar (which is back in England, sob, but we’ll be reunited soon for my UK tour!).