Lisa Red­ford:

De­scribed by BBC Ra­dio 2’s Bob Har­ris as ‘one of our finest singer/ songwriter­s’, Nor­wich’s Lisa Red­ford re­leases her lat­est EP this month

EDP Norfolk - - INSIDE - For tick­ets we­gottick­ or lis­ared­ WORDS: Rachel Buller

This Nor­wich singer­song­writer is one to note for the fu­ture

Grow­ing up in a house in Nor­wich’s Golden Tri­an­gle, where an eclec­tic mix of mu­sic filled the air, Lisa Red­ford’s song writ­ing and melodies draw in­flu­ence from a broad spectrum of styles and artists.

Her brand of folk mu­sic, in­ter­twined with coun­try and Americana, and a hint of pop, is win­ning her ac­co­lades and au­di­ences across the globe.

“I grew up lov­ing mu­sic; my par­ents are big mu­sic fans with re­ally eclec­tic taste so I was al­ways ex­posed to dif­fer­ent artists and sounds from a young age,” says Lisa, who went to City of Nor­wich School.

“I started song writ­ing in my teenage years and be­gan play­ing guitar at univer­sity. I didn’t take it too se­ri­ously, but when I left univer­sity, I started gig­ging around and felt I had enough orig­i­nal ma­te­rial to record an al­bum, which I did my­self here in Nor­wich.”

That first al­bum, Slip­stream, was cham­pi­oned by Bob Har­ris, play­ing tracks on his leg­endary Ra­dio 2 coun­try show, and the

record re­ceived great ac­claim.

She says that while she is of­ten la­belled a folk or coun­try artist, her in­flu­ences are far more var­ied.

“I have al­ways fo­cused on writ­ing strong melodies and cre­at­ing that hook; I love those clas­sic pop songs. As a teenager I would al­ways lis­ten to the charts; I was fas­ci­nated by why cer­tain songs grabbed my at­ten­tion and the struc­ture of the cho­ruses and the melody.

“I also loved the free CDs you would al­ways get on the front of mu­sic mag­a­zines like Un­cut, Mojo and Q fea­tur­ing so many dif­fer­ent artists and gen­res. It was a great way of dis­cov­er­ing new mu­sic, things you wouldn’t usu­ally lis­ten to. I guess it is a sim­i­lar way to how stream­ing works now; if your song is on a Spo­tify playlist, for ex­am­ple, you hope it will in­spire some­one to give the rest of your mu­sic a lis­ten,” she says.

“But I re­ally started off with a pop sound and I still love great pop now. I don’t want to be known as a coun­try or folk singer, but as a song­writer; I just want my mu­sic to connect with peo­ple, after all it is about those com­mon themes which peo­ple share.”

Lisa has re­leased three al­bums and two EPs recorded in Nor­wich and the US, which have all re­ceived wide air­play around the world, and she has per­formed with some of the big­gest names in mu­sic at ma­jor shows and fes­ti­vals. She also teaches guitar and singing in Nor­wich, and pre­sents a reg­u­lar show on Fu­ture Ra­dio.

Her new EP Edge of Love launches at a spe­cial gig at the Louis March­esi pub on May 9, and she says Nor­wich’s mu­sic scene is in a bril­liant place.

“There is some great mu­sic be­ing made and pretty much a gig or some­thing hap­pen­ing ev­ery night at the mo­ment.”

‘I don’t want to be known as a coun­try or folk singer, but as a song­writer’

Im­age: Clau­dia Taveira

ABOVE: Edge of Love, the new EP from Lisa Red­ford

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