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Lisa Redford : Sound and Vision

Written by  Lisa Redford
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Lisa Redford : Sound and Vision

I spent September enjoying some great live music in the city.  Last week I saw singer/songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich perform solo to a packed Norwich Arts Centre as part of his UK autumn tour.  Ben’s been earning wide renown as a songwriter, he co-wrote ‘Grow’ with British artist Frances which featured in the Amazon UK TV advert, and recently released his second album ‘After the Rain’. 

I also really enjoyed the support artist, Siv Jakobson from Norway, also solo.  Her haunting acoustic songs have been compared to the likes of Laura Marling and Ane Brun and she has supported SOAK and Damien Jurado.  She performed a very unique cover of Britney Spears’ 'Toxic', giving the pop classic a very yearning and fragile quality and my favourite was her final song ‘How We Used to Love’ which also has a great Martin Hviid remix with a lovely string arrangement on her Bandcamp page.  Her most recent songs were created in Brooklyn and since its release has been well received in the press with praise from several national and international publications and renowned music-blogs, BBC 6 Music and XFM. 

Uke East

I was at Norwich Arts Centre a few days later to enjoy Uke East.  Now in its fourth year, the festival celebrates all things ukulele and is growing each year.  On Saturday there were workshops at Cookes and an array of ukuleles and other other uke goodies for sale.  During the afternoon artists performed to a packed Arts Centre bar.  Samantha Muir impressed with her incredibly skillful classical ukulele and I really enjoyed Bex and Freda, who I’ve seen on the festival circuit when we both performed at Folk East and Dubs at the Hall.  Bex has some lovely hooky songs and performed tracks from her new six track EP ‘From Where I Stand’ which is available at Bandcamp: http://bexandfreda.bandcamp.com/ I particularly like the melodic title track.  Later on in the day the entertainment moved to the main room where the Norwich Ukulele Society led a big strum along in the main stage and the exciting five-piece Bijoux Toots and headliners Mother Ukers wowed the festival goers.  Sunday finished with a giant busk raising money for charity Musical Keys who I’ve featured before. 

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Uke East Bijous Toots (photo by  Emma Smith)

Norwich Sound and Vision

This month sees the seventh Norwich Sound and Vision.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have attended and performed at the festival in the past and it continues to provide an opportunity to see exciting new and established bands and artists all over the city as well as get an insight into the music industry with the inspiring panel speakers at the conference.  Saturday sees Award winning journalist John Robb in-conversation with Viv Albertine from the Slits and Adam Buxton with Brix Smith-Start from The Fall.

The beautiful setting of the Octagon Chapel brings a couple of real highlights of the festival for roots music fans.  On Thursday 13th October Dreams Music are promoting a very lovely concert of exciting local talent and quality songwriting when Jess Morgan with the The Light Band headlines.  This autumn sees the launch of Jess’ brand new album 'Edison Gloriette' which is released on 21st October.  Recorded in Norway and in the UK, this fourth album has already been gaining the attention of national press and radio with the lovely single ‘Skate while you’re skinny’ earning airplay on such shows as the Folk show on Radio 2.  Jess includes this special Norwich 'homecoming' gig among her autumn tour dates and for vinyl lovers there is a limited edition oxblood coloured LP available at her Bandcamp: https://jessmorgan.bandcamp.com/

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Support comes from trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood.  Also taking their inspiration from both British and North American folk andAmericana, the trio weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around wonderfully crafted original songs and melodies.  They have been warmly received at this year’s summer festivals and I saw their lovely set at Folk East when I had earlier performed with dobro player Noel Dashwood.  They release their debut album ‘Call Me Home’ this October and the title track has already been earning airplay on shows such as BBC Introducing. 

Also not to miss at the Octagon Chapel is Wooden Arms on Friday 14th of October as part of Cinema City’s Sound of Silence, vintage film taken in and around Norwich on a big screen soundtracked live.  Alex Carson is a composer, musician and member of the band Wooden Arms, a contemporary quintet who draw from alternative, classical, and trip-hop music and he will be creating an original score and performing it live with members of Wooden Arms as part of this year’s festival.  Their recent single ‘Burial’ and new album ‘Trick of the Light’ marks a change in sonic texture bringing something of a departure from the classical chamber music stylings of their first album.  It’s going to be a very special evening.  For more details on all the artists performing over the three days, check out the Sound and Vision website at:www.norwichsoundandvision.co.uk

Thanks so much to music blog Belles and Gals for this lovely feature. 
 
For a limited time you can order my entire digital back catalogue, including three albums & new EP 'Another Place and Time'  at a reduced price, 35% off! more info at my Bandcamp page, really appreciate the support:
 
 
 
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New Videos
 
Here's a new little highlights video I've put together. Playing some lovely local summer music festivals including Folk East, Dubs at the Hall and VW White Noise:
 
 
'Live Your Life' live at Folk East festival with Noel Dashwood on dobro and harmonies:
 
 
There are many more new videos at my YouTube Channel:
 
 
 
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Myself and Noel Dashwood from Alden, Patterson and Dashwood (photo Ian Edwards)
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