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”. 

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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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Emma Langford returns to Limerick for Homecoming show

Prominent folk artist Emma Langford will be having her homecoming show on July 12 which promises to be her biggest one yet.


WATCH – Emma Langford returns to Limerick for Homecoming show

Emma Langford has announced her Limerick homecoming concert on July 12, and it looks set to be a unique celebration of local and international talent. 

Limerick singer-songwriter and RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Award winner Emma Langford will headline Limerick Summer Music at the Rossbrien Pavilion on July 12, in what will be her biggest hometown show to date. Langford launched her first album Quiet Giant in 2017 and is now working with Grammy-nominated team The Production Suite in Dublin to produce a much-anticipated sequel. 

Having toured the album extensively across Europe and the UK since its release, her 2019 summer tour is a farewell of sorts to “the Giant”, performing it in full for audiences in Belfast, Mayo and Limerick. “This is actually the first time audiences will get to hear Quiet Giant in all its glory – all ten tracks, with a full band.” says Langford, who launched the album at Dolans Warehouse in Limerick City in December 2017, “I can’t wait – we’ve had the experience of playing the songs across Europe over the past year and a half now, and I feel like we’ve really grown into them a bit more as a band. We’ve put together some beautiful new arrangements, plus we’ll be joined by some very special guests, so that’s going to add a whole new dimension to the show.” 

Langford is also taking the opportunity on the 12th of July to officially launch a new single from her forthcoming album. “Goodbye Hawaii might be familiar to anyone who’s been to a gig,” she said, but for those who have only admired the artist’s work from afar, Langford claims the track will “come as a surprise – it’s a departure from the earthy, orchestral vibe on Quiet Giant. It’s almost indie-pop, I’ve been calling it Hawaiian Motown”. 

The Limerick lady’s summer release is an uptempo 60’s-inspired track with lyrics that cleverly parody the dated “helpless and lovesick” clichés often presented in songs of the era. Emma has worked with fellow Limerick creative Shane Serrano to produce an equally tongue-in-cheek music video for the track, which will be released in early July ahead of the concert. 

Tadhg Murphy, Hannah Nic Gearailt, Alec Brown, Peter Hanagan and Ray Yrure make up the sublime Quiet Giant band. Emma has also recruited the help of Cork man Kealan Kenny on lap steel internationally acclaimed violin duo Lucia MacPartlin & Maria Ryan; Limerick’s Clef Choir led by Galway native Darragh Wynne; plus The Soul and Body Dance Quartet who formed in 2018 at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in UL. 

The show will be Langford’s biggest to date, and with no record label, manager or agent to take on some of the workloads she admits to feeling out of her depth at times. “It’s hard seeing huge shows run by huge promoters that sort of squash independent artists into smaller venues… It’s a big undertaking, coordinating and promoting a show like this, but I think it’s important to show that it can be done. I have really excellent support in the Limerick Summer Music committee.” 

Michael Murphy is my man on the inside there, he’s known me since I was a kid when I worked at the University Concert Hall. Plus my friends, my bandmates, my family – and Limerick almost always have my back! So I’m never really on my own with any of it.” 

Limerick Summer Music now in its third year takes place at the Rossbrien Pavilion on the grounds of Old Crescent RFC, Rossbrien, Limerick. Tickets for Limerick Summer Music (€20) are available from eventmaster.ieFor further information visit www.limericksummermusic.ie 

Emma’s album Quiet Giant is available to download and listen to on all mainstreaming platforms. 

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Limerick’s Emma Langford nominated for International Folk Award 

Prominent folk artist Emma Langford is now a nominee for the international music prize called the Iron Eversteiner folk award. Picture: Kellyn Bowler.

Limerick’s Emma Langford nominated for international folk award  

by ilovelimerick correspondent Conor Owens.

Limerick singer Emma Langford has been nominated for the prestigious international music prize, the ‘Iron Eversteiner folk award’. 

The singer-songwriter announced her nomination for the music prize last Monday, along with details of her new single and upcoming show in Limerick.  

The ceremony is set to be held on October 25 at a nominees concert at the Malzhaus Plauen in Germany. When asked how she felt after hearing she had been nominated, Emma said “I was so surprised and so honoured, not just because I was nominated but because it’s my first international award nomination! It’s really amazing. I’m very grateful to Petra my booking agent for taking a chance and putting me forward for it.” 

Emma is no stranger to the German folk scene after she was invited to launch her album internationally with Germany’s Irish Film Festival tour, receiving rave reviews and breaking tour records for CD sales. 

Emma Langford Award
Emma Langford with her bandmates, Ray (drums) and Alec (cello) in Brühl, Germany. Picture: Emma Langford.

“The last time I was in Germany I was doing everything on my own – booking, promoting, and playing,” said Emma. “This time I have two of my bandmates, Alec (cello) and Ray (drums), and I have Petra looking after booking, and each of the venue managers looking after promotion. I get to focus a little more on playing music now which is a brand new experience for me; a very welcome one.” 

Emma will be performing her biggest show to date in July, which will also be her first Limerick headliner in two years. She will also be releasing her first single as part of her new forthcoming album on July 12. 

With the release of her new album around the corner, Emma said “I can’t wait! It’s been a long time coming – the song I’m about to release is one I’ve played at shows for years, I’ve recorded it a few times now, but it’s never sounded quite right on tape… My producers have helped to finally bring the dream to life and I’m so excited to share this version with everyone.” 

Emma is now regarded as one of Ireland’s most prominent folk artists and has won ‘Best Emerging Folk Artist at the inaugural RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards in 2018. 

In 2017, Emma released her debut album Quiet Giant – an atmospheric 10-track folk album showcasing songs written across the previous 3 years. It was packaged in a Jacob Stack illustrated hardcase, and featured instrumental beauty from Hannah Nic Gearailt (Keys, Cork), Peter Hanagan (Double Bass, New Mexico), Ray Yrure (Drums, Virginia), Alec Brown (Cello, Arkasas) and Tadhg Murphy (Violin, Drogheda).    

In the same year, Emma released a music video to promote the album’s dark, strident folk-rock single, ‘Closed Book‘. The video showcased her hometown of Limerick City, its beauty spots and characters.  

‘Quiet Giant’ remained in the independent Irish charts and in national radio playlists for several weeks following its release and continues to receive considerable airtime on national and international radio, truly securing the young artist’s place as a firm fixture of the national music scene.   

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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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