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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:00

Lisa Redford unplugged - I Just can't forget

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I’m really excited to share my new original song “I Just Can’t Forget” the first track from my second Whispering Bob TV Under The Apple Tree session. Curated by Bob Harris himself, Under the Apple Tree sessions are intimate performances recorded live in the studio of Whispering Bob Harris, which just happens to be situated under an apple tree. It is always special catching up with Bob Harris and his son Miles Hyerscough-Harris - who beautifully records and films the sessions - and it was also a treat to be reunited with brilliant pedal steel player Alan Cook who played on my second album “Lost Again”
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 00:00

Lisa Redford Unplugged : Gigs, TV and Festivals

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Over the last couple of months I’ve played some lovely gigs and radio sessions. I had a wonderful night performing at Norwich Waterfront Studio opening for country singer songwriter Sarah Darling. It was exciting to perform two brand new songs and nice to have the brilliant Noel Dashwood - from renowned local folk trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood - joining me with his exceptional dobro and harmony vocals. We also earned some great reviews from local publications: “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 mention.
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

Lisa Redford Unplugged : Americana

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It’s already been a busy and creative year. In my music writer role I had an amazing and inspiring time at the AmericanaFestUK in London which I was covering for iSing Magazine, a digital magazine for vocalists and excellent resource for singers, singing teachers and those in the music industry. Organised by the AMA-UK, AmericanaFestUK celebrates the flourishing Americana music scene with a daytime conference, an evening of artist showcases and an illustrious Awards ceremony. As an Americana artist and member of The AMA-UK myself, it is so great that the association represents and supports American roots music and artists in the UK. The conference drew major artists including Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mary Gauthier and Squeeze’s Chris Difford. The Stellar awards show at the historic Hackney…
Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

Lisa Redford Unplugged : My Favourite Songs

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I had a great time playing two successive Americana nights in Norwich last week. I performed at the historic Guildhall in the city centre for Grapevine for Music, who host regular gigs showcasing quality folk, Americana and country artists. Also performing were superb Norfolk singer-songwriter Jake Morrell, now based in London and fresh from recording in Nashville, and also SJ and the flying Pigs from Cambridge, who create a lovely dreamy sound with acoustic guitar, banjo and fiddle. 
Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:00

Lisa Redford Unplugged : Sound and Vision

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I had a lovely time performing at the inaugural Deepdale Festival last month. In a beautiful North Norfolk setting, and with glorious weather, the weekend showcased all the wonderful local talent the area has to offer. There was a friendly, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and it was a lot of fun having drummer Terry Anderson from The Mojo Preachers join me impromptu during my set. Congratulations to Jason Borthwick and Chris Haycock for a successful festival, here’s to next year! 
Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

Lisa Redford Unplugged : Deepdale to Oxjam

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I have had a busy time recently playing some great local gigs and enjoyed a fun evening of live music last month at The Garage, Norwich celebrating the release of my student Breeze Redwine’s debut EP ‘Trust’ which has received lots of airplay on BBC Introducing as well as many other radio stations across the world. There was a really supportive and enthusiastic audience for Breeze who shone on stage and demonstrated her amazing versatility as an artist. She performed original tracks, as well as favourite songs and duets with myself and local songwriters Kolin Durier and Grant Ley who also performed sets on the night.
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:00

Festivals - Lisa Redford Unplugged

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I had a lovely time performing two acoustic sets at Reepham Festival this month. It was my first time playing the festival and there was such a warm, friendly, laid back atmosphere. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, and expanding to two days, the line up this year had its usual eclectic mix of established names and independent artists. There were great energetic sets by headliners, legendary 2-Toners The Beat, who I have seen before at Reload festival, and powerful rock band Walkway, who have supported The Darkness and Status Quo, and the excellent Jeramiah Ferrair from Leigh near Manchester, who blend rock, ska, funk, reggae and calypso in a refreshingly original way.
Sunday, 11 June 2017 00:00

Nashville to Norwich - Lisa Redford Unplugged

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Three wonderful singer songwriters, Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic and Michael Logen, played a sold out concert last month at Norwich Arts Centre. I was fortunate enough to be asked to support them on the night and performed with brilliant local musician Noel Dashwood, who plays dobro and ukulele on my latest EP ‘Another Place and Time.’ The special concert was part of their ‘A Night In Nashville’ European tour and saw them bringing the Nashville style of playing ‘In the Round’ to a captivated audience. Each songwriter performed their own song in turn and gave an insight into the inspiration behind the material. As a songwriter myself, it was fascinating to hear what inspires their writing. 
Saturday, 06 May 2017 00:00

Opening concert held at new music school

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Gresham’s School’s Senior and Prep School children, together with its quartet-in-residence, the Albion Quartet, delighted the first audience to attend a concert at the Britten Building, the school’s new music school and sixth form centre. Benefactors, acousticians, surveyors, engineers and architects came together to celebrate their creation where they enjoyed a full programme of music featuring the school’s choir ‘Schola Cantorum’, musicians from the Prep and Senior School and the Albion Quartet in the new Fishmongers Recital Hall. The Fishmongers Recital Hall features a splendid Steinway piano, hand selected from the home of Steinway & Sons in Hamburg.
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It’s been a little while since I wrote my previous All Things Norfolk column but it’s been a very creative period of writing and rehearsing with some talented local musicians with a view to performing around the area very soon. Last week I performed for Record Store Day at Vinyl Hunter in Bury St Edmunds which is always a great day celebrating independent record shops. I’ve also been writing articles and reviews for quarterly digital magazine Songwriting Magazine. My feature on crowdfunding a creative project is in the new spring issue, cover star is Sheryl Crow.
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