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