Emma Langford returns back to Limerick to support Kate O Donnell

Emma Langford returns back to Limerick to support Kate O Donnell

Emma Langford has rallied the support of musicians local and national for a very special hometown show to raise vital funds for Kate O’Donnell at Na Piarsaigh GAA Club on Friday night, November 22, 2019.

Kate was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer in December 2018 at the young age of 27.

Emma is a singer-songwriter from Limerick in the South-West of Ireland. The artist has received consistent praise from national and international media and audiences alike, The Irish Times commented Emma Langford is a treasure in Ireland’s music scene.

Now the Caherdavin-born singer will take to the mic with friends at Na Piarsaigh GAA Club for a special concert in aid of former camogie star Kate O’Donnell. All profits on the night will go to cover the costs of treatment for Kate O’Donnell. 

Emma said, “Kate is only a couple of years younger than me. To know that a girl who has her whole life ahead of her needs help instantly, it was a cause I wanted to be a part of.”

Katie’s clubmate, Kate Campbell is very grateful Emma’s is participating and said, “for such an amazingly talented musician to wants to give up her time like that is just a testament to her as a person.”

The cancer Kate has called Fibrolamellar which affects only 1 in 5 million people worldwide and that is a rare liver cancer usually occurs in adolescents and young adults who have no history of liver disease.

Kate now needs access to a licensed treatment called Atezolizumab, unfortunately, Atezolizumab is not licensed for her specific cancer because it is so rare that HSE is not covered. 

Now the Atezolizumab treatment costs €5,845 per vial and Kate will need one vial every 3 weeks for the next two years. That will be at a personal expense to Kate and her family.

The fundraising committee – which includes Limerick hurler Shane Dowling’s father Paddy and former council candidate Pat O’Neill – are hoping to sell 500 tickets for the gig. 

For more information on the event and to buy a ticket, call 087-2074693.

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Mayoral Reception Presented to Three Inspiring Limerick Women Who Are Making a Difference by Raising Awareness for Mental Health

Pictured at the Mayoral Reception in the Limerick City Chambers are Claire Flynn, Limerick Mental Hospital, Dr Jennifer McMahon, University of Limerick, Cllr Daniel Butler, Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick, Emma Langford, singer-songwriter, Valerie Dolan of Dolans Pub, Sr Helen Culhane, Children’s Grief Centre, and Phil Mortell. Picture: Conor Owens/ilovelimerick.

Mayoral Reception Presented to Three Inspiring Limerick Women Who Are Making a Difference by Raising Awareness for Mental Health

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Sinead Fitzgibbon

 

On Monday, April 1 Daniel Butler, Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick held a Mayoral Reception at City Hall to honour three inspiring and driven Limerick women, specifically for the work they do regarding mental health.

Daniel told I Love Limerick why he chose Emma Langford, Dr Jennifer McMahon and Sr Helen Culhane, ‘It is about honouring three women who are doing something special in Limerick. What combines them all is their connection to mental health advocacy and in a practical way, also music as well combines all three of them.’ 

Singer-songwriter Emma Langford lingers in that liminal space between folk, jazz and traditional Irish nuance. Valerie Dolan, owner of Dolans Warehouse, Limerick spoke kind words about Emma at the reception saying ‘She has given so much, she has worked harder than any musician in this city, she has given more of herself, more for women, more for charities. It is great to be able to know Emma because she is one of the success stories.’

Emma Langford said ‘When you grow up in the city it means a lot when your mayor recognises the work you’re doing and your friends and your family get to be there and be part of it so it is really special.’ In October 2017, her debut album Quiet Giant, described by The Irish Times as “an enduring piece of work”, was released. She is currently touring the world while working on a second album which she hopes to release by the end of the year.

Dr Jennifer McMahon plays many important roles within the city. She is the chairperson of Limerick Mental Health Association, a singer-songwriter, a published researcher and a lecturer in Educational Psychology & Inclusive Education at the University of Limerick. Jennifer said ‘It is an absolute privilege to be recognised by your own city for the work that you do, so I am hugely honoured.’ Limerick Mental Health Association (LMHA) was set up by a group of community leaders in 2002. LMHA promotes positive mental health across Limerick City and County. Jennifer is extremely proud of how far they have come as a group saying ‘We have really grown as a board it is a fantastic organisation with a great team of people there’.

Sr Helen Culhane, Limerick Person of the Year 2017, founded the Children’s Grief Centre in 2009 and it has been providing support services for school-aged children and young people affected by loss through death, separation, and divorce in Mid-West Region. Sr Helen Culhane said ‘It is very humbling to be honoured in this way, I was delighted to be here with Emma and Jennifer, two amazing women, and it was lovely to be able to share in that. I am overwhelmed to be quiet honest’ Children’s Grief Centre has slowly been getting the recognition that they deserve. Helen said ‘It is wonderful for the Children’s Grief Centre because we are planning to build a new Children’s Grief Centre so this is great exposer, I am hoping many people will come on board and help us financially to realise our dream to build a new Children’s Grief Centre.’

Mayor Daniel Butler said ‘What they are doing just beyond mental health is they are making Limerick society that bit better through volunteerism, through work, through their music, through their art form, so I am hugely grateful for them and the opportunity to honour them is a great honour for me’.

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Emma Langford Launches Debut Album at Dolan’s Warehouse

Emma Langford launches debut album Quiet Giant at Dolan’s Warehouse.

Award-winning artist Emma Langford performed at Dolan’s Warehouse on December 2nd for the launch of her debut album, Quiet Giant

Following the huge success of her 2016 self-titled and crowd-funded EP praised by Hotpress Magazine as “almost angelic”, Emma Langford returns with her debut album, ‘Quiet Giant’. The album showcases ten tracks, set against a stunning backdrop of strings, percussion and piano. The songs dance lightly between genres, weaving a coming-of-age narrative that explores love, heartbreak, and wrestling with self-doubt.

Ahead of her 2017 tour kicking off, Emma was delighted to be awarded Best Female at The Pure M Awards 2017 in August.

Langford is a singer-songwriter from Limerick city. Her vocal style blends Irish lilt with folk and jazz, and her guitar work delicately complements an intuitive sense of melody; she has woven a sound which Phil Coulter describes as “a breath of fresh air”. Her wry and insightful penmanship combined with a cheerful stage-demeanor prove to create an engaging live presence.The young artist has supported internationally recognized artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Declan O’Rourke, Roisín O and Hermitage Green to name but a few. 

Emma has just arrived home to Limerick after travelling to Germany and Switzerland with the Irish Folk Festival this winter. Her debut album, Quiet Giant was released in October.

Pictures by Dolf Patjin/ilovelimerick

Emma Langford new single ‘Closed Book’ from forthcoming debut album, Quiet Giant.

 
Closed Book is the single from Emma Langford’s forthcoming debut album, Quiet Giant.
 

“Closed Book”, the new single from Emma Langford’s debut album Quiet Giant, is a dark, bold and boisterous anthem, differing from the easy-listening ambience of much of Langford’s work. The track displays exciting hints of dance, folk and rockabilly. 

“Lyrically, the song is a middle-finger to the guy who goes about their day so caught up in their own self-importance that they never fully appreciate the world around them; blind to the beauty of the small things, and the kindness of the people surrounding them,” Emma tells me.

The video features Emma taking a journey through her beloved home city Limerick, meeting a cast of colourful local characters on the way. “I was asked by a lot of bystanders why I was making the music video here in Limerick – Limerick is a vibrant, beautiful, creative city with a deeply ingrained sense of community spirit – the video shows that, and ‘Closed Book’ speaks to the person who is blind to it.”

Closed Book is the single from Emma Langford’s debut album, Quiet Giant Quiet Giant is due for release on the 18th of October 2017 across all online platforms, buy or download from https://emmalangfordmusic.bandcamp.com/ 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Director: George Hooker
Producer: Balsha Raich; Collider
DOP: Matt Rogan Glitch Wizards (thanks guys!): Sean Rose; Mark Murphy
Starring: Limerick City
 
More videos from George Hooker: http://www.georgehookerfilms.com/

Irish singer-songwriter Emma Langford’s debut album, Quiet Giant is out now! The album showcases ten tracks, set against a stunning backdrop of strings, percussion and piano. The songs dance lightly between genres, weaving a coming-of-age narrative that explores love, heartbreak, and wrestling with self-doubt.

Quiet Giant lands as Emma embarks on a tour including a gig at Dolans Warehouse in Limerick in December. Emma’s group consists of Tadhg Murphy on violin, Hannah Nic Gearailt on keys and vocals, Peter Hanagan on double bass, Ray Yrure on percussion and Alec Brown on cello and vocals.

 
 
 

Emma Langford EP proceeds to go directly to the homeless

Limerick folk singer-songwriter Emma Langford is set to donate all the profits from online sales of her EP to homeless services around the city.

This is in direct response to the death of a young homeless woman, Louise ‘BuBu’ Casey whose body was found near the basement of a derelict building in the city.

“I’ve always really felt for our homeless. I’ve tried to give what I can, when I can, but this year I was especially struck by the death in November of Louise Casey – I didn’t know her, but I so easily could have. She wasn’t too different in age to me; I could have been in school with her or worked with her. It felt close to home. It’s never far from my mind – at Christmas time in particular when we’re all running around having the craic and buying presents – that men, women and kids have to sleep rough, in doorways and bus stops, in the freezing cold.” expresses Emma.

Emma continued to say how: “We’re in a crisis that the government should be addressing, but they’re not, and honestly it’s starting to feel like they just don’t care about people – actual real people – anymore. So we as people of Limerick and of Ireland have to be kind to each other when we get the chance.”

Emma released her EP back in June of this year and has since gone on to play sold-out shows throughout Limerick with her EP received widespread acclaim.

Emma Langford’s group consists of Clint Fitzgerald on piano, percussion, lapsteel and guitars, Karl Nesbitt played bodhrán, bouzouki, and flute, and Peter Hanagan performed the double bass.

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Emma Langford to Launch New EP In Dolans, Limerick

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

Emma Langford launches Crowd-Funding Campaign

Young Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford has just launched a public funding campaign to help fund her upcoming project: a six-track EP set to be released this summer.

Emma, who launched the campaign earlier this week, aims to raise €3,000, which will go towards production, artwork, promotion and a music video. As of Wednesday, March 23, Emma had raised €861.

“I have managed to save a little money myself to put toward the EP but it just isn’t enough, and I really want to put my best foot forward. Unfortunately in the world of music as in any other you get what you pay for, so producing a quality record costs money,” Emma told.

The tracks are set to be “diverse in theme and in style” according to Emma.

Emma Langford
Emma Langford –
Photo: Emily Gale

“The six tracks will feature a range of instruments, including violin, viola, piano, bodhrán, flute, bass and guitar. The whole EP has come to have a very Irish vibe to it across the board, just in terms of some of the rhythms we’ve decided to play around with, and the instruments we’ve chosen to work with, but we’ll be very much staying true to my own sounds of folk and blues,” revealed Emma Langford. She complimented the collective of artists she worked alongside, saying they were a “fantastic” group of people.

Emma hopes that her forthcoming EP will be “a good indication of who I am as an artist”. She hopes her upcoming track will open up festival and concert gig opportunities

You can reach her public funding campaign via her social media fan pages.

Have a listen to some of Emma’s originals here on Soundcloud

Find Emma’s public funding campaign on Facebook here

Find her newly released single here

Written by an I Love Limerick correspondent

Singer Emma Langford Releases Home Video for Tug O’ War

Emma Langford Releases New Track About Anxiety titled Tug O’ War – Young Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford has caught the affection of the public with her latest track, ‘Tug O’ War’.

Emma’s new song is about dealing with anxiety and has harvested a massive amount of compassion and empathy from both her fans and the general public nationwide.

Image Credit: Emily Gale

Emma Langford, 26, came up with ‘Tug O’ War’ while showering one day. Emma explained that the shower is where she gets her inspiration for most of her songs.

“I get my best ideas in the shower, so I did a bit of exercise, took a shower, starting humming along to the rhythm of the water and the electrical hum, and Emma Langfords single Tug O War was born,” Emma smiled.

Emma Langford discusses openly her ordeal with anxiety , “I’m somewhat out of regular work at the moment and I’m finding it hard to leave the house. I get anxious a lot, and like any creativeperson I spend a lot of my time doubting myself, my creative choices, the path I’ve chosen in life.”

In her newest song Emma encourages her fans and like-minded folk to “be bigger than the little voice of anxiety inside your head”. 

Emma Langford urges people to not allow anxiety, “stop you from brazenly going forth and reaching your potential.” She encourages fans and like-minded folk to “be bigger than the little voice of anxiety inside your head”.

Emma gives credit to Ben Caplan and Kathleen Turner by whom she was inspired while writing her recently published song.

Image credit: Emily Gale

Emma talks about her exemplars, “Kathleen is someone I really admire for her song writing, and she taught me gospel in college which I think comes through in the whole vibe of the song.

“Ben, who I supported recently in Limerick venue. Dolan’s, sings in this beautifully soulful low register, so that inspired me to play around in my own low register.”

Emma Langford is no newcomer to the world of music and performing. Having already played her tunes all around Limerick city and county, Emma’s now looking to bring her music to a national level.

“I’m currently reaching out to venues around the country for a few gigs.  I really want to bring my music to new audiences – I’m tired of playing – literally – within my comfort zone.” Emma explains.

Emma Langford is currently working on a new EP which she hopes will be released in the coming months.

 

 

Listen to Emma Langford’s new song Tug O’ War and check out Emma’s amazing talent on Youtube here

Have a listen to more of Emma’s original songs here on Soundcloud

Find out more about Emma Langford on Facebook here

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