**** (4 stars) SOME voices pierce your heart..... a tour de force of unflinching and honest writing with arresting arrangements based on folk, blues and European chanson styles... it makes for a strikingly original and beautiful album. David Costello Brisbane Courier Mail
Songs of longing, loss, love and hope. In the tradition of classic songwriters, singers and street performers through the ages ...from Fado to Jazz to Bluegrass to Blues. An exquisite mash up of Edith Piaf, Billie Holliday, Bjork and Patty Griffin. She's toured solo in the USA, Europe and Australia and been praised by music industry tastemakers.
Lisa Richards’s voice is delightfully unusual. Her work is as diverse as it is personal. From stories about her teenage step kids to rediscovering her life in Australia, the only thing that stays consistent is the heartfelt emotion instilled in Richard’s fiercely unique voice. Shaped by her childhood in Townsville North Queensland, as well as long stints in New York City and Austin Texas she straddles the musical worlds of folk, jazz and blues.
Highlights of her time in The USA include touring with folk legend Michelle Shocked as well as performing at the following festivals in the USA: Kerrville Folk Festival. Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Merlefest.
An Independent artist, she has released and toured 6 albums internationally. Her critically acclaimed 6th CD, "A Light From The Other Side" was recorded and produced in Australia by Greg J Walker ( Paul Kelly, Tiny Ruins, CW Stoneking) She returned home to Australia after falling in love and now lives in our nation's capital.
With sharp observations, humor and a ferociously sweet voice, she explores the complexities of life through a mongrel mix of guitar-based folk, blues, roots and jazz.
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"Richards is a simple yet powerful songwriter who has beautifully encapsulated the intricacies of the human condition." The Australian
"Singer Songwriter for FNQ returns to Australia after 22 years in Austin and New York to make her best album" Lucky Oceans "The Daily Planet " Radio National
"Lisa Richards Returns To Her Roots With Luminous New Album A Light From The Other Side" Rhythms Magazine
"low-key singer-songwriter meets old-fashioned popular song...quiet elegance..." Bernard Zuel Sydney Morning Herald
The Live Show
Solo : Lisa Richards on guitar/vocals
Duo: add an upright bassist/baritone guitar
Trio : upright bassist/baritone guitar and banjo/violinist
Quartet: upright bassist/baritone guitar and banjo/violinist and trumpet/piano
Performances at Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Rocky Mountains Folk festival
Telluride Bluegrass festival
Kerrville Folk Festival
SXSW Austin Texas
Touring/opening act for Michelle Shocked, Chris Whitley, Toni Childs, Tab Benoit, Jimmy La Fave.
A Light From The Other Side 2016 (Sept 23rd release)
Beating of the Sun 2012
Mad Mad Love 2006
Fragments of Truth 2003
Not Quite So Low 1998
In The Shadow of a Star 2015
The Original Cool 2014
Crazy Minimal House Crowd 2014
WEstern Beach Lounge 2014
Santas Christmas Chill Lounge 2013
Canapes Lounge 2013
Bad Girls Don’t Cry 2009 (Universal)
Mad Love Sweet Love 2009 (Universal)
Songs from Amy’s House 2008 (Warner Music)
Electric Moments 2007