Video: As Norwich shopping street features in new Christmas single, we speak to singer-songwriter

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Music pix 4/12/14 - Credit: Archant

It's possibly the first Christmas song featuring a Norwich shopping area - and tonight music fans get the chance to hear it live as a city singer-song writer makes a long-awaited return.

It's possibly the first Christmas song featuring a Norwich shopping area - and tomorrow music fans get the chance to hear it live as a city singer-song writer makes a long-awaited return.

Former City of Norwich School pupil Lisa Redford will play at The Bicycle Shop on St Benedict's Street, in a gig which coincides with her new Christmas single titled — St Benedict's Christmas Fair, the video for which was filmed on the self same Norwich street.

The singer-songwriter has had a busy year promoting her latest release The Sweetest Dream, a compilation of acoustic Americana tinged love songs. Earlier this year, she was also selected to perform at one of highly sought after showcases at the Country to Country Festival at London's O2 Arena.

In recent years she has been splitting her time between Norwich and New York after enjoying particular success in America and following a publishing deal she has been road testing new material.

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Ahead of the gig she answered a quick Q&A.

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Q- Tell us about what you are up to at the minute?

A- I'm really busy promoting my new Christmas single 'St Benedict's Christmas Fair' which is now available on iTunes. I've been doing some radio and press interviews and it's lovely that the song is being featured on a lot of festive playlists. It's been great to have such interest in it, I've just done interviews for BBC Radio Norfolk, Future and I really appreciate all the local support. I've also been promoting and getting ready for my special gig in Norwich tomorrow. I love playing at the Bicycle Shop.

Q– The new Christmas single 'St Benedict's Christmas Fair', must be the first time Norwich shopping has featured in a festive song? Tell us more about how that came about?

A- Yes, I think it must be! I had the song written a while and it's quite a bittersweet song, about leaving a place behind and saying goodbye. I think this time of year does lend itself to contemplation and reflection as we approach the end of another year. I mixed and recorded it myself and love the challenge of recording and working on a track.

Q- You are gigging in Norwich tomorrow. What can we expect from your live shows?

A- I'll be playing songs old and new, as well as adding in some festive tunes. I'll be playing my acoustic guitar but will also have the ukulele out. Mustard TV are coming down to film a bit of the show which will be fun.

Q– What's in store for 2015?

A- I'll be continuing to work hard promoting my music and playing shows and festivals. I'd also love to record my new songs which have already been getting a great response including from Radio 2's Bob Harris, who I did a live session for earlier this year.

Q– Any more homecoming gigs on the horizon?

A- If you keep an eye on the website and my social media I'll be announcing any upcoming gigs and dates.

Q- If we could grant you one wish for the new year, what would it be?

A- To record new songs in Nashville!

Lisa plays The Bicycle Shop, on St Benedict's Street, in Norwich, tomorrow (10) at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 and available on the door.

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