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.

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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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