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British singer-songwriter Tom McRae is one of the most respected songwriters in the world today, having released 6 critically acclaimed studio albums and three live recordings over the last 15 years, and he has just released his latest album. Tom was born in Chelmsford, and grew up in Suffolk, spending some of his early years just outside Stowmarket and attending school in Framlingham.
Tom’s eponymous debut album in 2000 was nominated for a The Mercury Prize, a Q Magazine Award, and a Brit, and the subsequent albums and years of touring have cemented his reputation as one of the most entertaining and powerful artists touring today.
Just Like Blood, his second album was released to wide acclaim, especially in America, where every track was licensed for TV and film use, his style of music fitting perfectly the more darker output of LA’s film studios.
For an artist working in a genre often considered by the music press to be “sensitive and self-indulgent”, he can take the roof off a venue with his passionate performances, as well as forging a strong humorous bond with his audience.
Tom tours regularly and is in much demand as a writer for other artists, recently reprising his work with Marianne Faithfull on her latest album. His smart, literate, heartfelt albums have won him a large and loyal audience, and whether solo, with his trio, or his spectacular Standing Band, Tom’s shows are never less than spellbinding.
Poet Simon Armitage has called him “one of our greatest living songwriters”.
Support from Lisa Redford
Award winning songwriter Lisa Redford has been heralded by legendary BBC Radio 2 Bob Harris as “one of our finest singer/songwriters”, and earned worldwide acclaim for her heartfelt Americana tinged music with memorable melodies and stunning vocals. Lisa has also performed with, and opened for many respected international artists within the worlds of country, folk and Americana, performed at prestigious festivals such as C2C Country to Country at London’s O2 twice, Sound & Vision, Greenbelt, Weyfest, Folk East, Latitude, and Ipswich Music Day. She has also recorded live sessions for Bob Harris on Radio 2, various local BBC sessions and Amazing Radio.
She has released three acclaimed albums ‘Slipstream’, ‘Lost Again’ and ‘Clouds with Silver’ as well as EP’s ‘Reminders’ and ‘Another Place and Time’ that have received airplay across the world including Bob Harris’s Radio 2 shows, Amazing Radio and Acoustic Cafe, radio’s best international showcase for new acoustic music. Her song ‘Dragonfly’ was played on a Bob Harris ‘Best of British’ show’ which featured the best songwriters in the UK. The song was also used in an independent film in LA.
“One of our finest singer songwriters” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“I agree with Bob Harris” – Dave Cash, BBC Radio
“Brilliant! Lisa has a great voice” – Glenn Tilbrook
“In a sea of smart female singer-songwriters, Lisa Redford is an admiral.” – Maverick Magazine****
“There is a warmth and welcoming vibe to Redford’s music that really is difficult to resist” – Americana UK