Lime Tree Theatre presents Emma Langford and Friends  

 Emma Langford and Friends – Emma pictured above will perform in the Lime Tree Theatre, Friday, April 9. Picture by Sean Curtin/True Media 

Lime Tree Theatre presents Emma Langford and Friends  

Emma Langford will be playing via a live online stream from the Lime Tree  Theatre as part of ‘Into the Stream, Online Session’.

The local Limerick artist, renowned for her beautiful take on Irish folk music will be performing to a virtual audience as part of the Lime Tree Theatre. ‘Into the Stream, Online Session’. The event will go live on Friday, April 9, 2021.  

Through her music, Emma celebrates trad and folk genres in her composition, with performances delicately interwoven with jazz, pop and theatrical nuance. A singer with a profound respect for her instrument, Langford risked losing her voice to vocal nodules at a young age. Only in her early twenties, after rigorous vocal therapy and training, Emma was ready to share and hone her abilities. Her voice is now hailed as a crystalline treasure in the Irish music scene.  

In 2017 Emma completed her MA in community music at the University of Limerick while meanwhile creating her debut album ‘Quiet Giant’, before embarking on a whirlwind world-tour that took her right up to 2019.  

 

2020 saw less action on the travel front for Emma. That same year, Emma released her second album ‘Sowing Acorns’, meaning that in the short space of four years she has written and independently released two highly acclaimed full-band records. Not only this, but Emma is also set to take on the role of Aedan Cara the last Princess of Ireland, in the new musical ‘Colours’, which is directed by Charli Eglington.  

Emma looks forward to returning to life on the road but in the meantime, welcomes the opportunity to share a stage with her friends and bandmates this Spring by delivering renditions of the songs from ‘Quiet Giant’ and ‘Sowing Acorns’ at the Lime Tree Theatre. With a full complement of musicians and vocalists, Langford takes to the Lime Tree Theatre stage to present a specially curated selection of her self-penned creations and renditions of popular favourites 

Gill Fenton, Marketing Manager at the Lime Tree Theatre commented, “We are so delighted to be in a position to present our third concert this year as part of our Into the Stream, Online Sessions series. There is a real appetite at the moment for our audiences to engage, knowing we can’t present them with a live programme our digital programme at least is the next best thing. We were completely overwhelmed with the response to Defying Gravity, A Musical Celebration of Women last month and it encouraged us to power on and keep going.”   

Gill added, “For April we invited Emma Langford to perform on the Lime Tree Theatre stage for the very first time. It has been such a pleasure to watch Emma’s success grow nationally over the past number of years. We are excited to have her as part of this series with a full complement of musicians and vocalists in the Lime Tree to present a specially curated selection of her own songs and renditions of popular favourites. The stream will go live at 8 pm on Friday, April 9th.”  

 

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Emma Langford to star in new musical ‘Colours’ 

Emma Langford Colours musical – Emma pictured above is taking on the role of playing the last Irish Princess in the new musical ‘Colours’

Emma Langford to star in new musical ‘Colours’     

Limerick singer Emma Langford is taking on the role of playing the last Irish Princess in the new musical ‘Colours’, written by English writer Charli Eglington.   

‘Colours’ follows the story of Aedan Cara, the last princess in Ireland who lives in Crodherg, an old forgotten island. It celebrates long lost Irish culture and mythology, capturing both the power and the haunting sensitivity of Irish music. Aedan’s life soon takes a turn for the worst after her beloved island is invaded and her father is murdered. Aedan must now embark on an epic journey in a bid to save her people. It is a journey of great self-importance for Aedan that ends in epiphany.  

Emma is known for her amazing take on singing folk music. Her two previous albums ‘Sowing Acorns’ and ‘Quiet Giant,’ brilliantly capture this. Her previous singles include her refreshing take on Janis Ian’s At Seventeen’ and ‘Birdsong’. In 2018, Emma won the RTE Radio 1 award for the Best Emerging Folk artist and in 2020 was also nominated for the Best Folk Singer award, which is also hosted by RTE Radio 1. Emma’s musical talents do not end here, in 2019 she was the very first recipient of the Dolores O’ Riordan music bursary, which was established to support a Limerick professional musician to develop their career. With such talent regarding folk music, it is clear that it was an auspicious decision for Emma to be cast as Aedan Cara in ‘Colours.’  

Commenting on her new role, Emma said, “I love Aedan; she reminds me of myself when I was younger, a little more naive and eager to see the best in people. She has all the strength and courage I wish I had. I think she’s a really great new hero to add to the growing canon of fierce warriors and princesses – Charli’s written a wonderful character.”   

Unsurprisingly, the play will be released as a concept album rather than a live show since plays cannot go ahead with recent COVID restrictions. The play is written by Charli Eglinton, a twenty-one-year-old musical artist from England. In February 2020, Charli was named as one of four international winners of the 2020 NMI New voices project, displaying new musical theatre by under 25-year old’s in Hollywood.   

Emma also added “I’m excited to be part of this project in its development stages, to get to see it grow and evolve and build momentum. I’ve been quietly dreaming for a while of going into voice acting and musical theatre, but it felt a bit ridiculous because it’s so far from what I do as a singer-songwriter; I’m so enjoying learning new things about my voice and getting back to my theatrical roots.”  

Emma initially started out in drama as an avid member of the University of Limerick’s Drama Society and performed in several plays over the years saying, “Theatre has kind of been a pipe dream for me, I wasn’t sure I’d actually be able to pursue it and now here I am doing a musical. It’s a dream come through!”

 

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Emma Langford shares cover of Janis Ian’s ‘At Seventeen’ 

Emma Langford At Seventeen single is out now!

Emma Langford shares cover of Janis Ian’s ‘At Seventeen’ 

 On a golden afternoon in April 2020, as the dust began to settle on Ireland’s latest Covid restrictions and case numbers, Emma Langford threw open the curtains, sat on her bed, and shared a version of beloved ballad At Seventeen – a simple home-video of the singer and her guitar that invited the listener to sit and breathe for a moment, capturing the imagination of her followers and drawing many new fans to her work.   

Her post on Twitter simply read: “I get asked to do this song at nearly every wedding or pub gig ever and this is my first time sitting down and actually giving it a go”.   

As views for her video continued to rise, requests appeared in the comment section for Langford to try her hand at other Janis Ian songs; She later recorded a version of Ian’s “Tea And Sympathy” which was also well received.   

In August, Emma was contacted directly by Janis Ian herself, extending an invitation to be part of a collaborative project she was working on. In an effort to build a global community and to spread a bit of joy, this musical icon of the 1970s was asking emerging and established artists to interpret a new song of hers called “Better Times”. Janis had been steered towards Emma by Philadelphia-based broadcaster, Sean Timmons.   

“I genuinely thought it was just a clever, well-targeted scam – especially when the e-mail opened with “Dear Emma, My name is Janis Ian; I’m a singer-songwriter with a pretty active Facebook page…” – the real Janis Ian hardly thought I didn’t know who she was? Anyway, it really was her, obviously, and we got chatting – we’ve been emailing over and back since – and to cut a long story short a copy of my album [Sowing Acorns] now lives in Janis Ian’s house, and she’s given me her blessing to release her beautiful song!”  

At Seventeen was one of two tracks arranged and recorded by Emma Langford for RTÉ Radio 1’s hit show Sunday With Miriam. Langford worked remotely with instrumentalists Ann Blake, Lucia MacPartlin and Ben Wanders, with all musicians recording their parts separately at home. Drummer and engineer Ben Wanders created an initial mix for radio broadcast that captured the atmosphere of a real live studio performance. Chris O’Brien and Graham Murphy then came on board to finish production on the track to release it as a single.   

O’Brien and Murphy worked with Emma in producing her 2017 album Quiet Giant and more recently, Sowing Acorns. After hearing her performance on RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday With Miriam, the Grammy-nominated duo contacted Emma and suggested they team up once again on producing the track for its official release.   

“Ever since April last year I’ve gotten a bunch of requests to actually release a recording of the track, but I was worried about all the legal issues around releasing a cover of another artist’s work, and I didn’t know if it was something Janis herself would be comfortable with… At last in January I plucked up the courage to ask her if it would be okay for me to release it, and she came back to me to say she’d be so happy knowing there was a version by me out there.”  

“I feel a connection with the song; I was an awkward teen myself, so singing it is totally cathartic, and I’ve loved putting my own stamp on it and sharing it with the world, giving it another breath of life. At Seventeen was released by Janis in ’75 and it rings true in ’21 – I’m sure a kid out there could hear something in these lyrics today that tells them they’re not alone. It’s a perfect, timeless song about the trials of adolescence.”  

The artwork for the single, which features a photo of Emma taken by Conor Kerr, was designed by Clare-based creative Myriam Riand. As with all of Langford’s work, care and consideration went into the presentation of her work: “I wanted an image that complements the halcyon charm of the track, that lovely warm, slightly fuzzy sound – like a vintage record; and something that honoured the style of record artwork typical of 1975 when the song first came out.”   

With the issue of gender balance back in the spotlight in the music industry right now, this release could not be more timely. Janis Ian and her management had to be creative in 1975 in how they marketed and promoted At Seventeen – the song was being marketed towards women, but radio stations were dominated by men. Over the course of a gruelling six-month campaign, Ian featured on every daytime TV show possible, copies of the song were sent to program directors’ wives; and eventually, Ian landed a spot on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson which pushed the song over the line, making it a hit. It was nominated for five Grammy Awards, the most any female artist had ever been nominated for at the time, and won for Best Female Pop Vocal.  

Buy/Stream ‘At Seventeen’ today on Bandcamp HERE 

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Sowing Acorns the second album from Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford

Sowing Acorns is a collection of 13 warm and reflective songs, lovingly embedded against a folk-imbued backdrop of strings and percussion.

Sowing Acorns the second album from Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford

Limerick’s Emma Langford will officially launch her album Sowing Acorns on September 18.

The versatile singer-songwriter from Caherdavin launches her long-awaited second record following a rigorous three-year-run of gigs, tours and collaborations since her hugely successful debut in 2017 with Quiet Giant.

Arguably one of the finest songwriters and vocalists to emerge from Ireland in recent years, Emma won the title of Best Emerging Artist at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards in 2018. Never one to rest on laurels, she has risen to that mantle and delivered consistently since. As part of an international tour, 2019 saw Langford make her US debut at the world’s biggest celebration of Celtic music, Milwaukee Irish Fest, with a show-stopping closing-night performance in tribute to Dolores O’Riordan before eleven thousand festival-goers.

Langford’s latest project is steeped in the musical influences of Joni Mitchell, The Staves, Lisa Hannigan and Anaïs Mitchell. Sowing Acorns is a collection of 13 warm and reflective songs, lovingly embedded against a folk-imbued backdrop of strings and percussion.

While her 2017 release Quiet Giant could be said to be a coming-of-age record, Sowing Acorns is very much a declaration of who Emma Langford is and intends to be, the woman and the artist. The songs on this album pivot on an axis of female strength and empowerment (Birdsong), but never shy away from vulnerability; she openly delves into personal encounters with grief (The Winding Way Down to Kells Bay), ambition (Song For My Younger Self), and broken relationships (You Are Not Mine), while touching on other loose themes along the way. Regardless of whether the song drifts toward a folk or a soul sensibility, the common denominator throughout is Emma’s vocal range and tone, combined with strikingly observational and incisive lyrics.

Sowing Acorns
Langford (pictured above) has a small number of dates lined up to celebrate its release into the world. Picture: Conor Kerr

Sowing Acorns was recorded between Golden Egg Studios in Laois and The Production Suite on Lad Lane, Dublin, with Grammy-nominated producers Graham Murphy & Chris O’Brien – the same production team behind Quiet Giant. 

The album lands amid the disquieting lull of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Langford has a small number of dates lined up to celebrate its release into the world including shows at the Triskel in Cork; the TF Royal Hotel and Theatre, Castlebar; the Whale Theatre in Greystones; and a special full-band virtual concert live from Limerick on release day as part of Limerick’s Culture Night programme.

Sowing Acorns will be available to purchase digitally and on CD and vinyl HERE from the 18 of September, and across all online stores from the 21.

Catch Emma perform songs from the album and old favourites live at her upcoming shows:

Culture Night – 8pm, Friday 18 Sept – Album Launch virtual concert; an intimate advance preview of some of the songs from Sowing Acorns ahead of the album’s official launch concert sometime later this year. Emma is joined by friends Alec Brown on cello, Ray Yrure on percussion, Lucia MacPartlin and Niamh Varian Barry on violins, and Ann Blake on bass.

In the spirit of Culture Night, this virtual concert is free to view, but viewers are invited to make a donation via PayPal HERE

 All donors of €20 or more will receive a copy of Emma’s new album on CD

Upcoming Performances

Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, duo show, 26 September, 7.45 & 9.30pm – SOLD OUT

Whale Theatre, Greystones, trio show, 9 October 2020

+ additional dates to be announced soon.

Find out more about Emma Langford:

Web: HERE

Patreon: HERE

Listen to Emma’s Music on Spotify HERE

 

Tracklisting: 

  1. Birdsong (02:57mins) **Recommended for radio
  2. Sailor’s Wife (03:01mins)
  3. He Came from The Sea (04:08mins)
  4. The Winding Way down to Kells Bay (03:51mins) **Recommended for radio
  5. Port na BPúcaí (Alec Brown) (02:29mins)
  6. Sowing Acorns (04:16mins) **Recommended for radio
  7. Mariana (04:10mins) **Recommended for radio
  8. A Song for My Younger Self (01:37mins)
  9. Ready – O (02:49mins)
  10. Goodbye Hawaii (03:47mins) **Recommended for radio
  11. Demon, Darling (03:14mins)
  12. Free to Fall (03:24mins)
  13. You Are Not Mine (This song isn’t about you you lying bollix) (03:47mins)

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Watch Birdsong by Emma Langford new single & music video  

Birdsong Emma Langford – Birdsong is the fifth and final single from Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford. Picture: Conor Kerr

Watch Birdsong Emma Langford new single & music video  

Birdsong is the fifth and final single from Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford, ahead of the highly anticipated release of her sophomore album ‘Sowing Acorns’. The track is a full-throated, acapella folk ballad featuring vocals from some of Langford’s musical peers: Ruth Smith, Alma Kelliher, Sive, Jess Leen, Cari Q and Niamh Farrell.

”I called on a group of women I find inspiring to join me on this song. It feels like a rallying cry – a protest song. I needed an army of mná. 

Birdsong is a celebration of who we know we are deep down in the marrow of our bones, no matter what society tells us. You are who you are right down to your bones, and that person is fine, and nothing anyone says or thinks can change that.

I spent a lot of time when I was younger never quite feeling like I fit in, hating how I looked, how I felt in my own skin. This song is a rebellion against that.” 

As her forthcoming album Sowing Acorns was being pieced together, Emma made the decision each track would be a series of dedications, with a strong focus on the women in her life. 

“Birdsong is a salute to the warrior women behind the Mise Fosta and Fairplé movements. Two advocacy groups who have been vocal in recent months around their own experiences of sexual assault and gender inequality across folk and traditional Irish music.”

Today she releases the music video, written, directed by, and featuring, Cork-based musician and filmmaker Jessica Courtney Leen. 

The video follows 11 year old Líla Courtney as she wanders, spellbound, through a historic ruin. Líla is the personification of our inner child, showing wonder, a sense of adventure, and unmistakable strength. 

Birdsong Emma Langford
The track is a full-throated, acapella folk ballad featuring vocals from some of Langford’s musical peers

Breathlessly she takes in her otherworldly playground, ascending finally to the ruin’s exposed rooftop where she launches into a powerful hardshoe Irish dance routine, created for this project with the help of her tutors at the Cabe Academy of Irish Dance. The video was shot, edited, and colour graded by Robin Guiton.  

Emma was approached by Jessica – who also features as a vocalist on the track – about creating the music video: “I closed my eyes and saw this video the first time I heard ‘Birdsong’. The beat that comes in at the end echoes everything we love about trad in Ireland. It’s uplifting, encouraging, and proud, and that really is what I felt was the backbone of this beautiful raw song” says Leen. 

“The inspiration for the video came directly from Emma’s lyrics, and the tribal feel of female empowerment throughout.”

The song is available to buy/stream on Bandcamp. Emma has also released a special remix of the track by Cork’s freezerRoom, a collaborative group with Graham White and Rory Dempsey at its core. 

Bandcamp Link HERE 

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WATCH – ‘Mariana‘ the new single from Emma Langford raises fund for Safe Ireland

‘Mariana’ by Emma Langford is the new single from the Limerick artist that is raising funds for Safe Ireland. Picture: Conor Kerr.

WATCH – ‘Mariana‘ the new single from Emma Langford raises fund for Safe Ireland

The music video for Mariana was premiered via Emma’s Facebook Live concert on Friday, May 1.

‘Mariana,’ the latest release from Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford, is an uplifting, comforting song, taken from her forthcoming album ‘Sowing Acorns’ due to come out this September. 

“In the lyrics to Mariana, I tell someone I love just how much I admire and look up to her. I tell her that her kindness is witnessed more than she knows. I tell her that I truly believe that when she doesn’t have the strength she needs to pull through on her own, she does have the strength she needs to ask others for help. 

I tell her that although I might not be the person she turns to, there are so many others that love her, that she can lean on, and she needs to believe that; I want her to understand that in her actions and her words she moves people and that she is a beacon of hope to others,” commented Emma Langford. 

Speaking about how this song came to form, Emma says: “I wrote the words to Mariana in 2012, after 5 months living and working in Argentina. Its namesake was a friend and mentor I had met on my travels, but it was intended as a letter of sorts to a number of women who had touched and inspired me. I recorded it as a voice note, and then I put it away on the shelf. 

The song eventually resurfaced in my memories; it had taken on new significance for me; I first played it in 2018 at a memorial event in my hometown of Limerick for Emma Mhic Mhathúna who was one of the women at the centre of the cervical check scandal.”

In 2019, Emma brought Mariana in its simplest form to the Grammy-nominated duo Chris O’Brien and Graham Murphy in The Production Suite, Dublin, and they worked their magic, charting a euphoric string section played beautifully by Lucia MacPartlin, Maria Ryan, and Alec Brown.  

As her forthcoming album ‘Sowing Acorns’ was being pieced together, Emma made the decision that each track would be a series of dedications, with a strong focus on the women in her life. Mariana is dedicated to the memory of Angeles Ito and LesleyAnne Liddane; “two women who were dazzling streaks of colour in a grey world, who cared deeply about others, and who would have urged me to find the joy in everything, to push on, to keep going.” 

The song will be available to buy/stream on Bandcamp Friday, May 1 and all profits from its sale will go to Safe Ireland‘s COVID Emergency Fund. Safe Ireland is a nationwide network of 38 local shelters and agencies including Clare Haven and Adapt in Limerick.

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Emma Langford Collaborates with Belfast Poet on New Single ‘Sowing Acorns’

Emma Langford has released the title track of her upcoming second album, Sowing Acorns – a new single in collaboration with Belfast born and based poet Vanessa Ifediora.

Emma Langford Collaborates with Belfast Poet on New Single ‘Sowing Acorns’

As a taster of what’s to come on her upcoming second album, Irish singer-songwriter Emma Langford has released the title track, Sowing Acorns – a new single in collaboration with Belfast born and based poet Vanessa Ifediora. The indie-pop sensibilities that shine through the Limerick artist’s latest offering once again showcase her versatility as a writer and composer. 

Emma worked closely with Grammy-nominated duo Chris O’Brien and Graham Murphy of The Production Suite, Dublin, in transforming a simple lullaby into an epic hands-in-the-air style anthem.

The track started out small – I wrote it to try and calm myself, I was feeling trapped and exhausted and like I was mentally spiraling because I couldn’t sleep, and when I did it was restless and disturbed by fever dreams,” she says of the song’s origins, “but when I brought it to the studio, I knew I wanted it to be less understated, and to have a sense of drama.”

Emma Langford Sowing Acorns
Emma Langford has released the title track of her upcoming second album, Sowing Acorns.

The track opens with finger-picked guitar and the soothing speaking voice of Vanessa Ifediora reading the words of her poem “Off-White Sheets”. The listener is lulled deep into a false sense of security by the singer’s familiar lilt on the opening verses, until the song builds to a powerful chorus, supported by layered vocals and drums, creating the artist’s biggest sound yet. The energy of the track ebbs and flows like the tide; it is mesmerising.

Emma wrote Sowing Acorns in 2017 while finishing her MA in Community Music at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick. The Academy building boasts a dazzling mosaic illustrating Irish myths such as ‘the hazelnuts of wisdom’, which Emma says inspired the concept for the lyrics:

It’s not a direct reference, but the imagery of the hazelnuts of wisdom got me thinking about how ‘from little seeds great things grow’ – the lyric in the chorus is ‘I’ve been sowing acorns in my densely woven mind’; everything I’ve done in my life has been a seed, planted in my mind, that grew into something bigger, and those experiences and decisions form how we think, what we dream. Those moments of decision-making and growth are important.” 

Vanessa’s poem, sampled in the track, draws on her experiences of a condition called Maladaptive Daydreaming and was published in March 2019 in her first book “Off-White Sheets”, a collection of images and poems detailing her anxieties surrounding recovery from depression. 

‘Sowing Acorns’ the new single from Emma Langford is available across online stores. Keep an eye out for the official music video, and a remix by Belfast-based Electronic/ambient artist Arvo Party coming soon.

Buy or listen to Sowing Acorns here.

Emma will release her second album, “Sowing Acorns”, on Friday 18th September 2020. For news on new releases, follow: www.emmalangfordmusic.com.

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Emma Langford dedicates new release to those in Direct Provision 

Emma Langford helps Doras Luimni with all proceeds of a new festive release going towards the organization this Christmas

Emma Langford dedicates a new release to those in Direct Provision

Emma Langford is on a roll this past week, having received the first ever Dolores O’Riordan bursary, she then went on to release her newest track, a version of ‘Scarlet Ribbons’ in collaboration with Ger O’Donnell, with all proceeds going towards Doras Luimní to help all those in Direct Provision this Christmas. 

Emma’s rendition of ‘Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) was recorded alongside Ger O’Donnell and all proceeds from the track which can be bought digitally (link below), going to Doras Luimní, a local organisation helping the 550 plus people who will be spending this Christmas in direct provision centres in Limerick . 

Just last week, the mother of The Cranberries’ frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan presented Emma with the first-ever Dolores O’Riordan music bursary established in memory of her late daughter. 

The award was established in October following discussions between the local authority and the O’Riordan family as to how best to honour and commemorate Dolores.  

It was agreed that The Dolores O Riordan Music Bursary would be established to support a Limerick professional musician to develop their career.

 

 In total 11 bursaries were presented by the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Sheahan. 

The panel welcomed the high quality of the applications and made the following recommendation that Emma Langford (Singer-Song Writer) be awarded the bursary.  

Since first bursting onto the scene in 2016 she’s hardly taken her foot off the pedal, with an eye-watering ever-growing tour schedule and frequent collaborations up her sleeve. The artist has received consistent praise from national and international media and audiences alike.  

This bursary will provide funding to cover ongoing production for her second album, due for release in 2020. It will contribute to the costs of a music video, for her recently released single, The Winding Way Down to Kells Bay, and support writing for her next record. 

Speaking of Emma, Noel Hogan from the Cranberries said, “Dolores would be so happy and proud that she’s been an influence on the next generation of brands”. 

For more stories on Emma Langford click here. 

For more information on how to download Emma’s new track and help Doras Luimní click here. 

 

Dolores O’Riordan Music Bursary awards Limerick musician Emma Langford €4,000

Dolores O’Riordan Music Bursary awards Limerick musician Emma Langford €4,000

Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford has become the first Limerick musician to be awarded the inaugural Dolores ORiordan Music Bursary, receiving €4,000.

The bursary was launched this year after being set up by Dolores’family, with help from Limerick City and County Council. The winner is picked out of numerous applicants and the award aims to help Limerick musicians with their career, such as producing music videos, recording, publicity and more.

Emma Langford is a folk singer from Caherdavin, who launched her career back in 2016 and since then, has risen to international recognition, appearing at the Snug Stage at Milwaukee Irish Fest back in August.

Emma commented on the award, saying, “I still don’t really know what to say, except that I’m grateful and really humbled to be the first recipient of this award which will help me to finish work on my second album and start working toward my next one. Thank you to all in Limerick Council responsible for making this decision; I have no doubt it was a difficult one, and I don’t take it lightly”.

Emma released a single over summer, called ‘Goodbye Hawaii’, with the video reaching nearly 10,000 views on YouTube. She recently released her single ‘Winding Way Down to Kells Bay’ last September.

The award will be put towards funding her second album, which is due for release next year, along with contributing to costs for her upcoming music video and support the writing for the next record. Emma released her first album, ‘The Quiet Giant’, back in 2017.

Two other bursaries were also announced, both in the area of film and both worth €8,000.

Crude Media has been awarded one of the bursaries to make their short film ‘Imbas Forosnai’, directed by Shane Serrano and featuring local spoken word artist Shane Davis.

Award-winning freelance filmmaker Grace Quilligan has also been awarded the €8,000, to help fund her film ‘In Memoriam’. 

Councillor Olivia O’Sullivan said, “Congratulations to Emma Langford awarded the inaugural Dolores O’Riordan Music Bursary 2019, and to Crude Media and Grace Quilligan awarded the Limerick Short Film Bursaries 2019. We are blessed with hard-working and hugely talented creatives in Limerick and I welcome this support from the Council for our artists.”.

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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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