Emma Langford to re-release folk-gospel song Tug O War as a single this Summer

Emma Langford was on the verge of throwing in the towel, before taking the shower that inspired Tug O War – a track which launched her unexpectedly into the hearts and minds of strangers around the world. 
 
Tug O War was created on February 17 in 2016 in a frenzied burst of inspiration, in response to a feeling of being “not good enough”. The track featured in 2016 on Emma Langford’s debut self-titled EP.
 
This summer, Tug O War will be re-released as a single, giving the tune once again its own chance to shine. The track’s release in late May coincides with the beginning of the artist’s Irish and European tour. Langford will also be releasing a remix of the track by Northern electronic artist Arvo Party, and a music video to accompany the single is currently in the works.
 
“I’m looking forward to sending Tug O War out into the world again – this song for me is a constant reminder of how far I’ve come, and why I’m in the music business, to share stories and connect with people.”
 
Composed to the hum of an electric shower, arranged with a bust-up guitar and a loop pedal, and written as a stream-of-thought piece, Tug O’ War is a gospel-infused folk song that speaks to the frustration, anxiety, self-doubt and ennui that strikes when a young artist is burning the candle at both ends just to try and catch a break.
 
Langford explains “I wasn’t in regular work at the time, I was finding it hard to leave the house. It doesn’t affect me as much these days, but I still get anxious a lot, and like any creative person I spend a lot of my time doubting myself, my creative choices, and, y’know, my life-choices!”
 
“The song is about not letting the little voice of anxiety inside your head stop you from brazenly going forth and reaching your potential.”
 
In Spring 2016 she first released Tug O’ War on a 6-track EP which featured Karl Nesbitt, Peter Hanagan, and Clint Fitzgerald.
 
She went on in 2017 to re-imagine Tug O’ War with a full band on “Quiet Giant”, her debut album produced by Grammy-nominated duo Chris O’Brien and Graham Murphy of the Production Suite in Dublin. 
 
Following its release, the album was first showcased at the Irish Folk Festival tour in Germany and Switzerland in October/November 2017. 
 
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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

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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.

 

 

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