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 released her single ‘The 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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