Tuesday, 01 October 2019 00:00

Lisa Redford - I Just Can't Forget

Written by  Lisa Redford
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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!

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Here is the live acoustic session of I Just Can’t Forget on YouTube with Alan Cook on pedal steel guitar

https://youtu.be/59LIObHESxE

Edge of Love is available on all digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. If you would like a personally signed CD, there are a few limited edition ones for sale at my Bandcamp store: 

https://lisaredford.bandcamp.com

Music Lessons in Norwich

As well as my performing career, I am a vocal coach and guitar teacher and really love sharing my skills and passion for music. With lots of recording, touring and performing experience, I offer singing, guitar and beginner ukulele lessons in the Golden Triangle area  of Norwich for all ages. I can also help you with your songwriting and create an encouraging, fun and relaxed environment. 

I am also able to provide lessons via Skype or FaceTime. You can find out more and read testimonials here:

http://lisaredford.com/?page_id=1496

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Wild Paths Festival 18-20 October 

As a huge fan of music festivals, I am really looking forward to Wild Paths - a brand new multi-venue, city-wide music festival coming to Norwich this month. I previewed the festival in my previous column and from the 18th October a whole weekend of events will be taking over all of the city’s best-loved music venues. The full line-up was recently announced and among the impressive eclectic mix of emergent and established artists there will be sets from the likes of Jose Gonzalez, Simian Mobile Disco (DJ), SuperGlu, The Magic Gang, Franc Moody, Crazy P (DJ), Yazmin Lacey, Ruby Rushton, Black Honey, Demob Happy, Anna Meredith and many more. 

Alongside the music there will also be Wild Paths themed after-parties, drinks and networking events, open bowling parties and live art installations. Festival goers will also be able treat their tastebuds at local food pop-ups scattered across the festival site and also enjoy an exclusive Wild Paths beer, Wild Paths cocktail or even a signature festival roast coffee. This will all be brought to you by the best local independent retailers. A number of local food pop-ups will be located at The Shoe Factory Social Club, in the garden of Norwich Arts Centre, outside The Waterfront and at other select sites as part of the festival. 

As an independent musician who likes to keep up with the ever changing music industry and discover new ways to promote my music, I am particularly looking forward to the Wild Paths Conference. There will be panel discussion featuring artists in conversation and key figures from the music industry including Radio 1’s Phil Taggart. The panelists will be speaking on current issues within the music and entertainment industry and providing invaluable insights into areas such as publishing, licensing, the world of sync, pitching to agencies and how to get funding. On Saturday 19th October from 10am - 4pm there will be a series of panel discussions held at Norwich Arts Centre which will be followed by a Horus Music and networking and drinks party event at Space Studios. On Friday 18th October, Access Creative College will also be hosting a full conference program from 10am to 6pm. 

The Wild Paths Conference pass is now available and the festival will begin with a pre-festival warm up party at Norwich Arts Centre on the evening of Thursday 17th October. 

To find out more, take a look at the festival’s website and social media:

https://www.wildpaths.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wildpathsfestival

Insta: @wildpathsfestival

Twitter: @wildpathsfest

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Sound City Ipswich 

Not too far away in Suffolk, another music festival and conference, Sound City Ipswich, takes place this Friday, 4th October, and is set to be the very first music festival and industry conference of its kind in the town. Sound City is the brand responsible for organising a range of boutique music, media and technology festivals and conferences around the world including Liverpool Sound City festival and conference, Dubai Sound City and New York Sound City

The festival will be held across four walkable locations in Ipswich, including The Smokehouse, the Manor Ballroom and the Corn Exchange with an outdoor stage on the Cornhill. 

As part of the impressive line-up, Sound City Ipswich is also supporting local artists: with mainstays of the local gig circuit, the Manningtree-based band Dingus Khan playing alongside Bury St Edmunds’ garage-punk rockers Gaffa Tape Sandy, Ipswich’s Bessie Turner and John Peel favourites, The Stupids. Working with BBC Introducing in Suffolk, the Sound City Ipswich programme will include an outdoor stage on the Cornhill featuring emerging regional bands curated by BBC Radio Suffolk. This stage will be free to attend. 

Sound City Ipswich’s conference takes place from 11am-5pm at Ipswich Film Theatre and will feature panel discussions and conversations with artists and industry figures. There will be a number of invited industry guests with the remaining seats made available to festival wristband holders. 

Tickets are available at just £15. Visit the website https://soundcityipswich.co.uk for further information. 

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Norwich Film Festival 6 - 17 November

I’m really looking forward to seeing more exciting shorts at The Norwich Film Festival (NFF) in November. Founded in 2009 it has become an international film festival and a celebration of independent film, providing an outlet for supporting and championing filmmaking. Curated with original, diverse, bold and culturally rich content, films submitted to the festival have gone on to win awards at BAFTA and the Oscars as well as other festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW.

Through the open submissions process, the NFF supports local and national filmmakers as well as those from all across the globe, providing a platform for new and existing talents to showcase their amazing work in Norwich. It really has become a key annual event for emerging and established filmmakers to meet.

Highlights this year include a remembrance of the wonderful John Hurt at a special fundraising screening of Bong Joon Ho’s acclaimed dystopian sci-fi Snowpiercer on 10th November at Cinema City. Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Snowpiercer is set on a continually moving train carrying the last of the world’s population.  Following the screening, celebrated film critic Mark Kermode will be in conversation with Anwen, Lady Hurt. The event will mark the launch of the Sir John Hurt Film Trust, with the aim of ‘promoting great cinema in Norfolk’, delivering a diverse programme of film-related events, courses, film-making workshops and activities in the county.

Also at Cinema City the following evening there will be a celebration of the stage shows of comedy legends Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, hosted by ‘A. J.’ Marriot, author of Laurel & Hardy – The British Tours. The evening begins with a screening of the BAFTA-nominated Stan & Ollie, inspired by Marriot’s book, and starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly. After a short intermission, Marriot takes us behind the screen with Laurel and Hardy – The Last Stage – a 60-minute illustrated talk in which he narrates the real-life story of Stan and Ollie’s last British Tour.

Back for its 7th year, the short films that had been selected at this year’s BAFTA awards will be screening at the Forum on 17th November. It is a great opportunity to see all the nominated films in the Best Short Film and Best Short Animation categories plus be part of a Q&A with this year’s BAFTA winning filmmaker. 

To find out more about the exciting line-up and for updates, visit the NFF website:

www.norwichfilmfestival.co.uk

For news of my upcoming gigs and teaching information, please take a look at www.lisaredford.com

I also currently host the Afternoon Session on Future Radio, Wednesdays 2-3pm www.futureradio.co.uk

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 Image courtesy of Trevor Allen at The Waterfront

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