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Festivals - Lisa Redford Unplugged

Written by  Lisa Redford
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Festivals - Lisa Redford Unplugged

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.  

 

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On Saturday I performed in St Mary’s Church which showcased various acoustic performers including the Georgia Shackleton Trio who combine vocals, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo to create a blend of old time bluegrass, and Arcelia, an acoustic soulful folk trio who possess stunning rich harmonies. 

Since it began, the non-profit event has given the town a wonderful weekend of varied live music as well as raised thousands for local charities. 

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Photo courtesy of Tim Moll

Here are a couple of live videos from my performance in the church:

‘Never Was a Yesterday’ live https://youtu.be/wsKWUgPlnQM

‘Dragonfly’ live. Jonathan Threadwell on electric guitar: https://youtu.be/Uo-yp3Ql1AE

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Photo courtesy of Tim Moll

On Sunday I performed at the historic Whitwell and Reepham Station. There were great sets in the Sidings by local songwriter Kolin Durier who displayed his amazing guitar skills, and Rews, a London/Belfast based alt-rock duo who hugely impressed with their energy and passion.

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Thanks to Tim Moll for some great live photos and for filming:

‘I Won’t Back Down’ Tom Petty cover: https://youtu.be/NwUUstFdXeo

‘Wildfire’ https://youtu.be/nbgmivjTfaM

From an established local festival to one in its first year, I’m delighted to be added to the line up of the inaugural Deepdale Festival which takes place on Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September at Deepdale Backpackers & Camping.  Chris Haycock and Jason Borthwick, who now run the tourism accommodation, are welcoming bands from Norfolk and the East of England for a weekend of live music.

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There will be live music on Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday lunchtime across various stages - the main Brick Barn Stage, the Orchard Acoustic Stage, a Buskers Stage in the backpackers courtyard, and a secret venue which will be announced on Sundaymorning.  There will also be great street food, street entertainment, festival stalls, spoken word and dance.

Other bands and solo artists confirmed so far include: Jess Morgan, Little Red Kings, Marina Florance, Georgia Shackleton Trio, Falling From Trees, Kolin Durier, The Tin Heart Troubadours, Matt Watson, Homefires and Ardeth Bey. 

My incredibly talented student Breeze Redwine continues to write and record memorable original songs and has recently released her debut EP ‘Trust’. I’m proud to have written the title track with her and it recently received its first airplay on BBC Introducing.  DJ Jay Lawrence said what a song it is and described Breeze as ‘absolutely talented beyond her years’.

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Next week I’m excited to be joining her at a very special gig to celebrate the release at The Garage, Norwich on Thursday, 31st August.  Breeze will be interviewed on BBC Introducing this Saturday to chat about the EP and all her recent festivals and gigs.

‘Trust’ on BBC Introducing: https://youtu.be/OtdcYQN7U8s

Also performing sets will be popular local songwriters Kolin Durier and Grant Ley who like myself have been involved in Breeze's already burgeoning music career.  Tickets are £8 and you can get them by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 07920021720. 

As a musician and songwriter I always find it essential to continue to learn about latest developments within the music industry and current funding opportunities.  On Saturday September 2nd PRS Foundation’s Momentum Music Fund presents a day of panel discussions and advice on how to have a long lasting career at Norwich Arts Centre. The event will be followed by a celebration of Momentum’s successes with live performances from three grantees Mary Epworth, Hannah Peel and Love Ssega.

Starting at 1pm, industry experts including BBC DJ Sophie Little and Sarah Jamieson, Managing Editor of DIY Magazine, will be providing insights on how to get to a sustainable level in your music career, as well as offering advice to songwriters and composers on understanding and protecting your rights.

For more information on the event and how to book, here is the link:

https://norwichartscentre.co.uk/events/momentum-day-norwich/

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                Photo courtesy of Tim Moll 

 

 

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