Uplifting new music from female Irish artists

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The latest releases by Niamh Regan, Emma Langford and Tolü Makay are instantly moodlifting

Looking for a some soulful and beautiful music? Look no further as these talented Irish artists have delivered a burst of sunshine to brighten autumn days.

Tolü Makay

You Are Enough is an empowering, uplifting bop that will definitely add sunshine to the gloomy pandemic days. She wrote the song after reading the book You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. Tolü has produced a song which praises the brilliance that one possesses within themselves. This single release is the second taster Tolu has shared from her debut EP BEING which will be out October 9 via her Berlin-based label Welcome to The New World. Tolü is an Afro-Irish singer, born in Nigeria and raised in the midlands. She is inspired by soulful artists across the globe such as Erykah Badu, Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, Asa, and Labrinth.

Emma Langford

Limerick singer Emma Langford has released her second album Sowing Acorns. It follows a rigorous three-year run of gigs, tours and collaborations since her hugely successful debut in 2017 with Quiet Giant. 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, embedded against a folk-imbued backdrop of strings and percussion. Sowing Acorns will be available to purchase digitally and on CD and vinyl at emmalangfordmusic.bandcamp.com from the 18 September, and across all online stores from 21 September.

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I’ll beat my breast, cry a great fiersome cry… It’s two weeks since Birdsong came out and I’ve been overwhelmed with the response. Thank you to every person that let this song in under their skin, that let it move them, that shared the track, the video, the message. The track was written by me, and features vocals from @theruthsmith @sive_music @niamhsandwich @theluxalma @cariqmusic and @jessicaleenmusic ; percussion by @daveylong Track produced by @theproductionsuitedublin2 Mastered by @wavmixingandmastering Video written & directed by @jessicacourtneyleen, Shot & edited by @celeryman92, starring Líla Courtney #Birdsong #newirishmusic #irishdance #bandcampfriday #irishmusicparty #ireland #limerick #musicvideo #emmalangford #jessicaLeen #LílaCourtney

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Niamh Regan

Galway singersongwriter Niamh Regan releases her album Hemet this month, via Galway’s new record label Black Gate Records. After completing a degree in music, Niamh released her debut solo EP Tried To in 2017 and follow-up single What To Do in 2018.

“I recorded this album after one of the most challenging years I’ve faced so far. I lost my mam, got married, went back to school and I grew up a bit (I think). My world got bigger and smaller all in one breath, and this album Hemet is all about that,” Niamh says.

“My husband is originally from a small desert town called Hemet, in California. And my two favourite songs on the album are ‘Hallelujah Game’ and ‘Two Seagulls’ which he co-wrote with me. It’s not so much a big soppy concept behind this album title but rather just a tip of the cap to a place that has given me community, support and inspiration for these songs. It feels fitting and I think it’s a nice word to say, so Hemet. Maybe the next album will be called Kilrickle.”