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Lisa Redford - Unplugged

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Lisa Redford - Unplugged

Had a great gig supporting Eliza Carthy at OPEN Norwich last week. It was lovely to be joined for the first time on stage by amazing local musician Noel Dashwood on dobro and harmonies. The lovely sound of the dobro is something that really adds to the songs.

It was also nice to meet Eliza after the show. There's such infectious energy and inspiring musicianship in her Wayward Band, try and catch them on this UK tour! 


The gig was promoted by Norfolk based promoter and booking agent Judi Daykin Promotions who has been bringing some great gigs and events to the area. She began promoting in 2009 when she became Director of The Happing Festival in the Norfolk Broads. before moving to organise the Folk'n'Beer Festival for The Maddermarket Theatre in 2011 and 2012. So far Judi’s gigs have included Fairport Convention, The Zombies, June Tabor & Oysterband, Focus, Spiers & Boden, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman. More information is at

Here’s us warming up backstage playing ‘Music and the Mountains':

And on stage performing 'Carolina Rain'. More videos will be added to my YouTube Channel

Recently I also enjoyed a lovely day in the autumn sunshine filming a little live video at the historic Wolferton station on the Royal Sandringham Estate. Thanks so much to John there for letting me film. Here’s the video, performing Neil Young’s beautiful song ‘Birds':


This past month I also met up with Colin Bain of The Black Dog Music Project. Set up to provide music sessions for people with disabilities who cannot access mainstream music organisations due to health or social barriers, I learnt how the sessions really enable people to gain confidence, meet new people and make friends through the enjoyment of playing music. Based at Earth Studios in Norwich, weekly sessions involve playing in a group (Tuesday afternoons) or one to one sessions (Wednesday afternoons). The musicians, from beginners to advanced are also encouraged to write their own songs and pupils have even gone on to become tutors. This wonderful project really helps people suffering from mental health problems and addictions, to participate in and rediscover their love and skills for music. Every 3 months the bands also get to play a gig at B2 and there was also a gig for Norwich Fringe Festival at new city venue The Undercroft. You can find out more information about The Black Dog Music Project at 

Norwich Sound and Vision returned to the city earlier this month bringing three days of live music. I've been fortunate to have been involved in the past, performing one of the showcase evenings at the Bicycle Shop and also previously playing at a PRS opening reception and believe it's a really exciting and vibrant festival that really puts Norwich on the UK music map. Not only is there the high quality of eclectic live music to see, during the day there’s also the conference itself. I've enjoyed the excellent and relevant panel discussions from trusted and respected members of the music industry, some coming from around the world. I've really felt inspired and motivated after hearing what they've advised and had to say about the industry.  This year I particularly enjoyed a couple of Women In Music panels and wrote a couple of blogs about the conference: 

Autumn has already been a busy time for great gigs. Rounding off a summer of music festivals, I was a VIP at Reload Festival at the Norfolk Showground. Featuring some big names from the 1980’s and 90s including Howard Jones, Jimmy Sommerville, Marc Almond, Billy Ocean, The Boomtown Rats and Level 42, there was such a happy party atmosphere with everyone there just wanting to have a good time. There’s a wave of nostalgia and affection for the music people grew up with, particularly the 1980’s, they can hold so many key memories, and the festival feels like one big celebration of that period. 


At the beautiful Octagon Chapel in Colegate I saw one of my favourite singer/songwriters Boo Hewerdine perform for Dreams Music Promotions who are putting on some lovely concerts in the folk and singer/songwriter world. The wonderful acoustics enhanced Boo’s sublime voice and guitar playing. As well as amusing the audience with stories of his near encounters with fame, he played many of my favourite songs including ‘Honey Be Good’ and ‘Graceland’ from his band The Bible days, the sublime ‘Patience of Angels’ and ‘Joke’ a song that’s featured in my live repertoire. 

I also enjoyed a very lively night seeing The Wombats at Nick Rayns LCR at the UEA. Their infectious brand of electronic indie pop got the whole venue dancing with their great hooks and energy. They played songs from all three of their albums including latest release ‘Glitterbug’ and ended with indie anthem ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’. I was also impressed with the support bands The Night Cafe and Sundara Karma who I chatted to afterwards. 

At the Waterfront it was a thrill to relive some quality 90's music seeing Ride. The band sounded great on this tour to celebrate 25 years since their seminal 'Nowhere' album on Creation Records. The dedicated crowd absolutely loved hearing their material live after such a long time and the band themselves seemed to revel in playing again. 


Lisa Redford 

"one of our finest singer/songwriters" Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

"In a sea of smart female singer/songwriters Lisa Redford is an admiral" Maverick magazine **** 


Bob Harris Session 


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