Wednesday, 02 November 2016 00:00

Lisa Redford - Sound and Vision to Musical Keys

Written by  Lisa Redford
Rate this item
(1 Vote)
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:

For all my music news and teaching information, please visit 


Last modified on Wednesday, 02 January 2019 19:25

Visit the following businesses

Cleaners R Us East Anglia Ltd
Cleaners R Us East Anglia Ltd is run by Leigh and Russy Cole along with Karen Mann who is the Office Manager. We have been providing a trusted cleaning services in Norfolk and North Suffolk since 2003.  We provide reliable, police checked, ...
Lisa Redford - Vocal Coach and Guitar Teacher
Warm, encouraging and supportive, I’m a professional vocal coach and guitar teacher. With years of recording, touring and performing experience, I love sharing my skills and passion for music, offering singing and guitar lessons in Norwich, Norfolk, ...
Nar Valley Holiday Cottages
Our beautiful converted farm cottages set in the heart of the Nar Valley, are perfectly situated to make the most of your time in Norfolk! The Gig House Converted into a two bed cottage, the Gig House is a spacious cottage with views of the ...
Nettl of Norwich Central - Website Design from Wensum Print
In 2019, Wensum Print become a Nettl partner, meaning that we can now offer website design, hosting and SEO packages all from our studio in Norwich, Norfolk. Our web design team specialises in building creative, beautiful, functional – but most ...
Gold Leaf Catering
Gold Leaf Catering provides exceptional food in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We can cater for weddings, private functions and coroprate dinners to give you a few examples. Our team strongly believes in sourcing and buying local produce whenever ...
Paul Dickson Books
Paul Dickson is an independent publisher, working with Norfolk writers. He is the publisher of the following books (all titles available from Miracle in Kigali, the story of Illuminee Nganemariya and her son Roger's ...
benefits banner

Related items

  • Lisa Redford - I Just Can't Forget

    It has been a little while since my last All Things Norfolk column. I had a really busy summer playing lots of festivals in the area and further afield. Here in Norfolk I really enjoyed performing at the first F-19 festival, a major new music festival in Feltwell at the stunning St Mary’s Church; all profits from the festival went towards the upkeep of this stunning medieval building.

    I was also part of a brilliant line-up for The Waterfront Sessions. It was an all day promoted by The Tilting Sky celebrating some of the regions finest country and Americana artists by the riverside at Norwich Waterfront and it really showcased the wealth of talent here.

    In July I also released a single Let Go - the second from my latest EP Edge of Love. It has been receiving some lovely airplay on many stations and shows including BBC Introducing Norfolk. Edge of Love has continued to get great reviews, so much so that I’m excited to be releasing a new single I Just Can’t Forget next month. The ballad, like all of my songs, comes from the heart and has a more soulful country sound with harmonies, piano, pedal steel acoustic and electric guitar

    It features terrific local musicians: The Vagaband’s Jose McGill - who also produced the EP - plus Mark Howes from local blues duo Dove and Boweevil and Mikey Shaw on drums. The single has already been performed live in session for Whispering Bob TV’s Under the Apple Tree - intimate live acoustic sessions recorded in the home studio of legendary BBC broadcaster Bob Harris - certainly one of the highlights of my career so far!

  • Lisa Redford- Festivals

    It has been a very busy and exciting time as my new EP Edge of Love - recorded and mastered in Norwich and featuring a whole host of local talent - is now released worldwide!

    I have been blown away by the wonderful airplay and reviews I have received including 4 stars in national music magazines Maverick and RnR. The title track also features on the excellent Un-Herd cover mount CD which comes with the May/June issue of RnR, in shops now.

    I have been interviewed for a few local glossy publications - including Norwich Resident Magazine, KL Magazine and Norfolk Magazine - as well as had airplay on BBC Radio Norfolk and Suffolk, most recently a live acoustic session for Drive Time on BBC Radio Suffolk with Stephen Foster. 

  • Lisa Redford Unplugged - Anything But Easy

    It’s been a little while since my last All Things Norfolk article as it has been a very busy time. Anything But Easy - the first single from my brand new EP “Edge of Love” - was released on 22nd February and I’ve been working really hard to promote it, doing radio and magazine interviews.  It has been wonderful to receive such a lovely response and so much airplay including many BBC Shows and various stations across the world.  I was also recently interviewed by Sam Day on BBC Radio Norfolk and chose my Norfolk Anthems (favourite songs!) as well as talked about the single. 

    It is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and also at my Bandcamp page:

    Huge thanks to All Things Norfolk who has already shared the official music video for Anything But Easy.  Filmed in beautiful Dunwich and Walberswick, Suffolk on one of those glorious February days we enjoyed recently! Thanks to talented local videographer David McKenna at Light to Love Productions for filming and directing and capturing such a magic light. 


    Here is a link to the video - really appreciate any watches and shares via social media:


  • Lisa Redford - Autumn

    I am really excited that the PledgeMusic crowdfunding campaign for my next release is already at 86%! A huge thank you to all those of you who have pledged or shared the project. As an independent artist it really means a lot. 

    Recording for the new EP has just finished here in Norwich and it has been a really productive and exciting process. As mentioned, I am working with the super talented musician and producer José McGill – band-leader of the award-winning local band Vagaband – who has created some beautiful arrangements and played an array of instruments.

    There is also a host of other local musicians who have been involved. Noel Dashwood – from Norwich based folk trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood - has contributed his wonderful dobro and harmonies. We have performed live together in the area playing festivals such as Folk East in Suffolk and supporting Sarah Darling and Eliza Carthy at Norwich Waterfront and OPEN. He will be performing with his trio at Epic Studios on 22nd November opening for renowned folk artists Show of Hands. 


  • Lisa Redford launches her first PledgeMusic Crowdfunding Project

    I am really excited to have launched my first ever PledgeMusic crowdfunding project for a brand new release. I have already started recording material with local band The Vagaband - recent recipients of The Music Award at the 2018 Norfolk Arts Awards - who I also recorded my last EP with.

    There are some very special rewards and exclusives on offer including two beloved guitars and some rare signed memorabilia from my back catalogue. You will also be helping Dogs Trust as I spend a lot of time walking rescue dogs in the area and their companionship is truly special. Please watch the video and check out the rewards on offer - I would so appreciate any shares on social media.

     Here is the PledgeMusic project link and video: