Emma Langfords New EP debuts In Dolans Upstairs on June 18.
The versatile 26-year-old songwriter, from Caherdavin, will launch the eponymous debut, following years of gigs around the country and recent online success with her single Tug O’ War.
The six-track self-titled EP mirrors the tone of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’, with other influences emanating from modern scorers, such as Wallis Bird, Lisa Hannigan and Kathleen Turner.
Emma, who graduated from UL with a BA in Voice and Dance at the Irish World Academy in 2013, also cites jazz, gospel and contemporary Irish music as personal drivers in her compositions.
Emma Langfords new EP includes recently acclaimed composition, Tug O’ War, which garnered national and international attention through social media, when she accompanied the deep, acoustic track with a modest, piece-to-camera music video.
Ahead of the launch, she says that the sound of six tracks is “an unusual mix”:
“Through our choices of instruments, rhythms, the songs I’ve written, and my own vocal nuances we’ve managed to fuse elements of Irish, Latin, folk and blues music within the six tracks. This EP definitely showcases my lyrical, vocal, and musical range. It’s at times fun, at times a tear-jerker and, at others, introspective. Every track is very different in terms of tone, genre, and the themes it explores. I’m really looking forward to everyone having a different favourite song!
“This EP is a first step in asserting who I am as an artist. While in a way this is about me communicating who I am and the way I see the world, it’s as much about the listener hearing and relating to that in some way. I like to think I’ve kept it quite real and accessible for the listener. I’m just telling stories, really.”
Following the launch, the young artist will engage in a nationwide promotional tour, with a score of performances booked in Limerick, Ennis, Lahinch, Cork, Galway and Mayo and many more.
“In the longer term over the next year I hope to get the ball rolling on the next project. This time I won’t be crowdfunding for a multitude of reasons – predominantly because I’d like to hold on to a few of my fans… and friends! The next project will take on a different sound again, edging toward a dark folk vibe more akin to the likes of Ben Caplan, Nick Cave, or early Mumford & Sons.
“I hope to explore more deeply a few of the themes I touch on in this EP both musically and lyrically. I’m planning to afford a bit of time to writing new material too.”
Emma Langfords New EP launching in Dolans
Written by an I Love Limerick correspondent