Linda Em, the London based, Irish born chanteuse, announces the release of ‘Little Lightmaker’, an artistic collaboration with Irish based artist and writer Linda Coogan Byrne. The song is a tale of kindred spirits and human connection taken from Linda’s acclaimed ‘London Irish EP’, released earlier in the year. Drawing from country and folk influences, it showcases Linda’s powerful vocal delivery.
Originally hailing from Waterford, Ireland, Linda’s family immigrated in to London’s East End in the 1980s. A natural singer, songwriter and storyteller, her lyrical narrative is comparable to that of authors, poets and playwrights with a strong visual essence, stimulating the listener’s own imagination. Her music explores a wide array of themes from forgotten fateful stories and uncelebrated heroines of the past to her own personal and family experiences.
Linda first started singing blues and rock ’n’ roll in pubs and clubs in her early twenties before meeting Chris Wyatt, with whom she wrote and recorded her first album ‘Shadow Lands’ in 2015. Her sound has grown to adopt strong elements of Americana and folk noir with an ominous and atmospheric Celtic undercurrent to it and splashes of gospel and soul.
Linda draws an ethereal energy flow from her inspirations, citing numerous artists as influences, including Leonard Cohen, Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Portishead, Hank Williams, Ennio Morricone and the poetry of Ted Hughes.
Linda Em produces music in an extraordinary mix of influences and genres, blending folk (revisited from a current London / Irish cultural perspective), a bit of rock, Celtic melody and American blues. Her music is timeless, filtering new compositions through the prism of her musical heritage to produce an overall modern day eclectic feel.
The EP ‘London Irish’ released by Talking Elephant Records was recorded and produced by Gavin Glass in Orphan Studios, Dublin and has received critical plaudits and airplay in all the right places.
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