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
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.
“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
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.
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.
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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