Happy New Year! Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and productive 2024.
“A fine voice from a fine city!” Such an exciting start to the year – I have a lovely in-depth interview/feature in the new January issue of Suffolk Norfolk Life magazine. Available in WH Smith, local shops, from their website or call 01728 622030 to buy a copy for £3.50 (plus postage).
It was really nice to speak to John Kerrison about my music career, songwriting, private teaching, music courses & well-being sessions for Adult Learning, as well as my work as a supporting artist in some Norfolk and Suffolk films and TV shows.
Do you know anyone who would like to learn to play guitar or ukulele in 2024? Or have you always wanted to learn how to sing? I am running one-to-one and small group lessons in Norwich NR2 at the beautiful Christ Church. Fun sessions tailored just for you with flexible times. A safe and welcoming space, no previous experience needed! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve been wanting to do something positive and inspiring for awhile that reflects my passion for music and singing and could really make a difference to those who are struggling with their mental health or loneliness at the moment. I’m really excited to be running some free, fun and informal community singing sessions at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library starting Tuesday 22nd February 2.30pm – 3.30pm – also at Earlham Library at 11.00am – 12pm on the same day – and then every Tuesday for 6 weeks.
Try these new singing sessions to boost your wellbeing where we’ll be singing a selection of classic, well known songs to uplift, connect and make you smile. No previous experience is required and there is no need to read music. All are welcome – feel to come along and drop in on the day. Here’s a piece I’ve written about the sessions for my friends at All Things Norfolk on why singing and music is so important to me.
Come and join me to have fun, connect with others and improve our wellbeing through a shared singing experience!
Teaching Guitar for Beginners starting in April
I’m also really excited to be running two 10 week beginner courses in guitar and ukulele at Wensum Lodge in Norwich starting in the summer term for Norfolk County Council. I can’t wait to share my passion for teaching both instruments and to help you learn the basic skills to get you started with playing chords and strumming. More information about the guitar course is here
Teaching a Ukulele for Beginners Course – Starting in April
It has been really fun, and a new creative challenge, to try some acting and work as a supporting artist recently on a variety of drama and documentary programmes. It’s really exciting finally seeing some of the TV projects that I’ve worked on finally hitting the screen. Now on britbox, “Magpie Murders” which was filmed in beautiful Suffolk and where I played a nurse:
Also on Netflix is “Catching Killers” – being a cop!
Now showing on American subscription streaming service Acorn TV is the brand new series of Emmy Award-nominated mystery drama “Queens of Mystery”. It was a lot of fun to appear in episode “The Modern Art of Murder” Pictured here on set in London with brilliant actresses Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond and Florence Hall.
“Let Go” Live at the Canopy Theatre, Suffolk. Jason French on fiddle
I’ve been going through some live performances from the past few months when it was great to play again to audiences. Thanks to Rodney Kidd for filming original song “Let Go” live from The Canopy Theatre, Hungate Church, Beccles, Suffolk for Martello Promotions~ a lovely headline show in September 2021. Jason French on fiddle.
Performing original song “Carolina Rain” from a lovely Women in Music Day at The Brickmakers Norwich. Jason French on fiddle. Thanks to Liz for filming.
A live solo performance this time. Always really nice to perform at Deepdale Festival in beautiful Burnham Deepdale, North Norfolk. Thanks to Karl for getting some footage of the show on iPhone.
Lisa Redford “Here Alone” Live at Canopy Theatre, Suffolk
Another performance from Canopy Theatre, Suffolk: “Here Alone” with Jason French on fiddle. More live performances on my YouTube channel.
I am really excited to share the official music video for my new single “Anything But Easy” released this Friday! From upcoming EP “Edge of Love” produced by Jose McGill. Filmed in beautiful Dunwich and Walberswick, Suffolk on a glorious February day! Huge thanks to David McKenna at Light to Love Productions for filming and directing and capturing such a magic light. ❤️ Thank you so much for watching – really appreciate any shares or comments on YouTube.
I have been so happy with the response so far and all the airplay the single has already received. Thanks to all the radio shows that have playlisted the track including many BBC shows and Simply Country, who made the song Track of the Month. It will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other digital platforms. It is also available at my Bandcamp store – https://lisaredford.bandcamp.com
SINGLE REVIEW – LISA REDFORD – ANYTHING BUT EASY “there is something so special and unique about Lisa’s vocals and song-writing abilities from the off. The chorus of Anything But Easy allows you to paint your own picture in your head based on your own past relationships. It bought me to tears quite a few times. The beautiful instrumental throughout make the song connect perfectly especially with the second verse allowing the lyrics to shine through. The final verse of Anything But Easy is very strong and the lyrics are relatable when it comes to being in a relationship and with the thought of letting go of a relationship being so difficult even though you know it’s the best thing to do. Anything But Easy is a very special and unique song that showcases Lisa’s incredible vocals wonderfully.” Huge thanks to Bring Country to the UK for this lovely review.
Josh Ritter, Brandi Carlile, Jenny Lewis, Patty Griffin..the new single is already in some great company! “Anything But Easy” is 14th in the charts of Wrecking Ball radio, the best Americana online radio station in USA
I’m excited to share the cover artwork for “Edge of Love” huge thanks to Claudia Taveira Photography for the lovely photography and Nigel Harris at Audiotree for the design.
Interviewed on BBC Radio Tonight
I have been doing many radio interviews and tonight I had a lovely chat with Stephen Foster at BBC Radio Suffolk. As well as talking about the new single, video and EP, he also played exclusive tracks from the EP. Interview is in two parts. You can listen from 22:29 and 2 hours 15 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06zy60x
Very excited to share this! Here is the brand new beautiful video from my incredible student Breeze Redwine. Especially filmed for #NorfolkDay and showcasing the glorious countryside of the county, it has already had a wonderful response and also been selected as the official song for the occasion! The track is “Trust” – an original song written by myself and Breeze. Norfolk Day is Friday, 27th July 2018 and everyone involved in the video is from Norfolk:
Lovely to see some great press for the song and video. Thanks to EDP 24 for the feature.
Thank you Latitude Festival for another amazing weekend of outstanding music, performances, theatre, comedy and more. Also got to be involved in filming for the new Danny Boyle movie! More pics and video are at my Instagram: lisaredfordmusic
So looking forward to my next festival. Will be returning to the lovely Reepham Festival for two performances on 11th and 12th August. Super line up, can’t wait to see Honey & The Bear, Smith & Brewer and Mammal Not Fish.
It’s been a very busy Summer already! I had so much fun performing a special acoustic concert in beautiful Pézenas, South of France with superb guitarist Luigi Notarangelo.
I have posted some more live videos on YouTube and also on Instagram. Here is “Call Me”
A cover of “Lovesong” by The Cure:
Following that I performed a lovely headline concert for my friends in Burnham Deepdale. Here is a cover of “Rocket Man” thanks to the audience for singing along!
Just this past weekend I enjoyed a beautiful sultry night playing Stradisphere Music Festival and it was lovely to meet the brilliant Mercury Music Prize winning Badly Drawn Boy ahead of his excellent headline set.
It was also a joy to perform “Courage” with my amazing student Breeze Redwine:
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The day after, I had a great time at Maverick Festival seeing some memorable performances and soaking up the always warm, friendly atmosphere. I also had a lot of fun performing on the Jimmy Rodgers stage. Huge thanks to James Hodder and Tin Can Review for a lovely afternoon of live music.
One of my favourite acts of the weekend were Australia’s Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes – who I also saw perform last year – and I recently interviewed Lachlan for Songwriting Magazine ahead of their UK tour. It was great to catch up with them and also wonderful singer songwriter Imogen Clark. Here is us after their wonderful set in The Barn:
“This is a beautiful performance from Lisa as she accompanies herself on acoustic guitar with Alan Cook playing pedal steel guitar.” Huge thanks to Stephpar’s Song A Day for this lovely review of my brand new song “I Just Can’t Forget” performed in session for Whisperingbobtv
“Heartfelt lyrics, great singing and playing. Hope this Apple Tree will bear more of these in the future” Thanks also to Radio Campagne in The Netherlands for their kind words and all the airplay of my music.
So excited to share this – my Under The Apple Tree session for Whispering Bob TV. Performing original song “I Just Can’t Forget” with the brilliant Alan Cook on pedal steel. Huge thanks to Miles Myerscough-Harris and Bob Harris – always lovely seeing them.
The track is also being featured on this week’s #UTAT radio on Chris Country amongst some great artists and live performances including The Magic Numbers and CC Smugglers.
Huge thanks also to Belles and Gals – huge supporters of female artists – for the kind words and making the track their Song of the Day.
Next show is Sunday 17 June – looking forward to headlining a Sunday Session at beautiful Burnham Deepdale. Details here:First festival of the year is Stradisphere on Friday July 6. A great line up and headlined by the brilliant Badly Drawn Boy:
Following my recent acoustic session for Whispering Bob TV, it was lovely to have one of my live tracks “I Just Can’t Forget” included on a great playlist on UTAT Radio, Chris Country.
I also recorded a live session and interview for Park Radio, a lovely community radio station with an eclectic playlist. There’s been such a great response when I performed for the live feed that there have been orders for my releases! Thanks so much to all of those of you who have listened and ordered my material.
More live videos have been added to my YouTube channel including “Carolina Rain” live from Norwich Waterfront:
Had a lovely time performing at Hygge Festival in Burnham Deepdale. Playing a cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”
Looking ahead, am really looking forward to performing on the EarBelly acoustic stage at Ramblin’ Roots Revue. Included on a lovely Americana playlist on Spotify:
Now on Mixcloud! My People’s Playlist radio show on Future Radio, talking about songs that have been a soundtrack to my life. Listen here to tracks by The Smiths, Ryan Adams, Sufjan Stevens, Kate Bush, Nick Drake, Kings of Convenience and more. I also played live on the Drivetime show this week previewing all my upcoming local gigs.
Women in music and country music feature in my new column for Songwriting Magazine, a review of the recent Amplify Introducing event by the BBC. Includes an interview with the one and only Bob Harris here after he hosted a panel on UK country with advice for aspiring country artists.
Another new article is my music column for All Things Norfolk.which includes another music conference, Norwich Sound and Vision, features an In Conversation with Dave Rowntree of blur.
Writing about a beautiful Ryan Adams song, “Oh My Sweet Carolina” with Emmylou Harris, in this cool regular feature for country music blog Belles and Gals.
Thanks to Oxjam Norwich for having me play last weekend. Really nice audience. Live video of “Time to Grow”
This weekend had a lovely gig supporting outstanding songwriter Tom McRae on the last date of his tour at The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket. Thanks so much to Tom for having me play and all the kind words from the audience.
Thanks also to Stephen Foster for having me as this weeks live session guest on BBC Radio Suffolk. There was a live acoustic track every evening and also an interview.
Have two gigs in a week, next one is at the lovely Guildhall in Norwich for Grapevine for Music:
And playing the night after at OPEN Norwich for a lovely night of Americana.
Enjoyed a couple of days at the inaugural Amplify Introducing at London’s Excel. Caught lots of insightful panels including ones on women in music and the current country music scene in the UK. It was lovely to catch up with the wonderful Bob Harris and get to interview him for my feature in Songwriting Magazine.
With Radio 1’s Adele Roberts after she hosted a Women in Music panel.
Had fun in another role at Future Radio where I hosted my own radio show for the People’s Playlist. I played and talked about twelve of my favourite songs. The show will be broadcast on Future Radio on Monday, 23rd October at 2pm.
On 27th October I’m very excited to be supporting outstanding songwriter Tom McRae on the last date of his tour at The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket. Tickets here.
Following that I will also be supporting highly acclaimed Americana duo The Worry Dolls at OPEN Norwich, more information here
New video, performing ‘Call Me’ in the home studio:
My incredibly talented student Breeze Redwine continues to record really great original songs and has just released her debut EP ‘Trust’. I’m proud to have written the title track with her and it’s just received it’s first airplay on BBC Introducing. DJ Jay Lawrence said what a song it is and described Breeze as ‘absolutely talented beyond her years’.
Another upcoming live appearance is at Reepham Festival;