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Lisa Redford - Sound and Vision to Musical Keys

Written by  Lisa Redford
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Lisa Redford - Sound and Vision to Musical Keys

I enjoyed another great Sound and Vision festival last month and found the conference on Friday as usual really informative and full of the latest advice for musicians releasing their own music and wanting to get heard by the industry.  Representatives from organisations such as Tunecore, Music Glue, CMU and Sophie Little at BBC Introducing in Norfolk looked at ways you could promote your music using the various platforms available, the latest developments with streaming services, and how you could make the most of your social media accounts to engage with, and grow your fan base.  As the music industry is constantly changing it can sometimes feel overwhelming for an independent artist, so it really helps to be aware of the new advances in technology and to use all the great online tools out there available to promote your releases.

On Saturday there was an afternoon of in-conversation events and I caught a fascinating conversation between Adam Buxton and Brix Smith-Start. Brix, who is promoting her book ‘The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise’, described as a ‘rock ‘n’ roll must-read’ by the NME, has had an extraordinary life as a guitarist in The Fall, marriage to their frontman Mark E. Smith, a relationship with violinist Nigel Kennedy and now life as a fashion commentator.  She was in great form and full of amusing anecdotes. 

Saturday night at Norwich Arts Centre provided some excellent live music in the bar including wonderful local talent. Matt Watson, who has been endorsed by Tom Robinson at 6 Music and Miles Hunt of The Wonder Stuff, pours real energy and passion into his honest, observational and often political songs.  His songs vary from full on protest songs to heartfelt ballads and I particularly enjoyed ‘A Brighter Day’, ‘And We Dance’ and the lovely Billy Bragg cover he performed.  Matt was followed by Milly Hurst, another renowned artist in Norwich’s thriving folk scene.  Milly’s music has been enchanting many with her haunting songs and beautiful finger picking and you can hear influences of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and, more latterly, Alela Diane and Dawn Landes.  

Earlier in the afternoon there was also some great live music at the Forum and I was particularly impressed and inspired by Abigail Blake’s set and creativity.  I’d seen her perform last year with acoustic guitar and harp but this time saw the introduction of an electronic sound to her music which she describes as “'Twinklestep' – twinkly, harpy electronica with dubsteppy bits."  This new sound combines her love of playing the harp and acoustic music with electronic production.  In order to transfer this combination into live performance, Abigail cues the electronic tracks and samples that she has created from her laptop, while playing the harp and singing live, making for a unique and intriguing performance.  Her EP ‘Birdcage’ features this new dreamy sound and latest single ‘Party Tricks’ was recently played on BBC Introducing.  I see a great future for her. 

Abigail Blake is also performing on November 17th for charity Musical Keys, who I’ve featured before in my column.  They support people with disabilities and additional needs through music and the arts and this promises to be an exceptional evening of music with three great artists playing.  Bryde is the solo project of the very talented Sarah Howells, also part of duo Paper Aeroplanes who I’m a big fan of.  Bryde has been compared to the likes of Jeff Buckley, Ben Howard & London Grammar and her angular electric guitars and swirling melancholy broken chords have seen support from 6 Music and Huw Stephens on Radio 1.  Stephanie O is also performing and she came to the music scene in her teens as founding member of Universal signed pop-harmony band The Puppini Sisters; before leaving several years later with a drive to strike out on her own. Her sound is a captivating blend of pop, jazz and folk elements that are driven by her powerfully expressive voice. For more information, visit

I’m really proud that my vocal and guitar student Breeze Redwine is continuing to do so well.  Her new single ‘1000 Little Pieces’ has just been released and has already earned airplay on BBC Introducing.  


Here's the official music video:

She is also performing this Thursday at Norwich Arts Centre.  Promoted by Tilting Sky, the gig will be headlined by singer/songwriter Grant Ley who is releasing his new EP ‘Horizons’.   With heartfelt lyrics and catchy melodies Grant has being championed by BBC Introducing, as well as performed support slots for Gavin James and Jamie Lawson.  Also performing on the night will be Kolin Durier and Lewis Murphy & his band.  Lewis is currently on a UK tour promoting his EP ‘Lighthouse’.

Breeze has also got performances coming up for Sonic Youths, who showcase musicians aged between 14-19, at Norwich Arts Centre on 3rd December and we will both be part of an event for Mustard TV on the same day.

I hope you like my acoustic cover of one of my favourite songs, 'Lovesong' by The Cure:

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