Guitar and Ukulele for Beginner Courses, Community Singing

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Adult learning courses at Wensum Lodge, Norwich

I’m really excited to be running beginner ukulele and guitar courses at Wensum Lodge for the first time starting April 25th. They are part of a programme of new and exciting creative, language and wellbeing courses which include Stained Glass; Botanical Art and Architectural Drawing; Latin; Philosophy; Textiles upcycling and alterations; Yoga; Polish language; Photography and Creative Writing. Here are some nice new flyers from Adult Learning for the courses and there are also taster sessions happening next week. To find out more details and to book, please visit here

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Introduction to Guitar and Ukulele Taster sessions
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Community Singing Sessions – Warming up

How joyous is this photo! The community singing sessions I have been running at Earlham Library and The Millennium Library in Norwich have been lots of fun to do and so rewarding too. To hear comments from people saying that I’ve made their day and really cheered them up means such a lot. I’ve also had some great song requests and it’s been lovely to see people coming back each week to sing classic songs together. There are video clips of some of the singalongs at The Millennium Library’s Facebook Page

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A community singing session at Earlham Library, Norwich
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Singing at the The Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
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A lovely piece at Folk Features on why singing and music means so much to me

I’m also looking for playing some gigs and festivals soon. Check out the shows page where I will be posting details of live shows.

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Live at the Canopy Theatre, Suffolk. Photo by Rodney Kidd

Fun Community Singing Sessions, Running Music Courses, TV Roles, New Live Videos

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Free Community Singing Sessions

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!

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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

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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:

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Also on Netflix is “Catching Killers” – being a cop!

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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.

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“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.

CD’s in HMV, Postponed Shows, BBC Radio/Podcast Interviews, Music Teaching Online

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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 parrotrecords@gmail.com
The show page will also be updated with any rescheduled dates. Please keep safe everyone. 💕

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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!

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Ah, gigging days 🎵❤️ From a recent show at Bowling House for Bare Feet Records trying out my new stomp box – thanks to Gordon Woolcock
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/
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Live at the Reindeer Norwich for Tilting Sky Presents Songwriter Sessions. Photo by Dickie Hartt.
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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

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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

Latest Columns, Teen Star, Ukulele Cover, Eliza Carthy Support

Really exciting news! Huge congrats to one of my vocal students Breeze for winning her category in national competition TeenStar! Pre Teen winner 2015! She performed my song ‘Here Alone’ at Birmingham’s NEC and earned the highest marks from the music industry judges – so proud!

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Here’s her stunning winning performance of my song ‘Here Alone’

My latest column for Songwriting Magazine now online. This time I’m discussing crowd funding for musicians, something I’ve not embarked upon but have been considering. I’d be really interested to hear from artists who have funded projects this way.

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I’ve also had my latest column for the Evening News published and as well as sharing my latest news I preview some creative workshops happening in Norwich this month:

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I’ve added new videos to my YouTube channel and new songs to SoundCloud including this ukulele cover of a lovely new Kacey Musgraves song. Really enjoying the sweet sounds and melodies on her Pageant Material album.

Looking ahead to Autumn and I’m really excited to be supporting Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band at OPEN Norwich on Wednesday October 14th. Details here

New Video ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’ Ukulele cover and Latest Column ‘Face-to-Face Networking’

Brand new video! Singing one of my favourite songs on ukulele. Thanks to the brilliant Claudia Taveira Photography for filming:

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Photo from on the way to film the video with my lovely Luna ukulele 

Plus here’s my latest column for Songwriting Magazine, tips on face-to-face networking for aspiring songwriters. My experience of going to the recent Americana Music UK conference made me think about how nerve wracking it can be for artists to network so here’s some tips which I hope help. Link here

Ukulele Video and Brand New Photo Shoot!

Making the most of a sunny day! Cool new photo shoot and video. Playing my Baby Taylor and Luna Ukulele in the sunshine! Thanks to Claudia Taveira Photography and also the wonderful Taylor Guitars and Luna Guitars for sharing the video.

 

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Norwich Sound and Vision Convention and Ukulele Video from Alphabet Bands

Great weekend playing a set at the busy PRS opening reception for Norwich Sound and Vision Convention. What an inspiring and brilliant festival with relevant panels and keynote interviews.

I met lots of great people during the weekend and also had fun singing my waltz “You Will Know” on ukulele at the lovely House Cafe. Trying not to get distracted by those yummy cakes! Big thanks to the excellent Alphabet Bands.

More stills at the Facebook page

 

 

Q to the 6 Train movie now on Youtube!

My first film score is now online! Check out the US short film ‘Q to the 6 Train’ with original music and title song by me!

Brand new live photos from NYC show

Brand new live photos above and below from Googies Lounge at The Living Room Show June 2011

More photos from the show at the facebook page

Many thanks to Adam Jason Photography for the great shots!