- 07 Sep 20
As part of our nightly YouTube series celebrating Van Morrison's 75th birthday, Emma Langford performs 'Brand New Day', and shares her reflections on Van's music.
Since being crowned 'Best Emerging Folk Artist' at the inaugural RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards in 2018, there's been no stopping Limerick artist Emma Langford. A recipient of the inaugural Dolores O’Riordan Bursary, presented to her in December by Dolores’ mother Eileen, Emma is set to release her highly anticipated second album, Sowing Acorns, later this year. Recently, she was one of several stars to lend her voice to the stunning Irish Women In Harmony’s cover of ‘Dreams’.
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"The lyrics of ‘Brand New Day’ hit a nerve. I was strolling within my 2km, browsing his considerable back catalogue, and considering the classics – ‘Days Like This’ and ‘Have I Told You Lately’. Then my ear caught the opening line of ‘Brand New Day’: “When all the dark clouds roll away, and the sun begins to shine, I see my freedom from across the way and it comes right in on time.” I hit repeat and then I hit it again, and I sat in the grass and I breathed deep for the first time that day."
Watch Emma Langford perform 'Brand New Day' below:
Take a look at the spectacular line-up for the next week of 'Rave On, Van Morrison' below:
- Mon Sept 7, Emma Langford Brand New day (7pm); Ailbhe Reddy I'll Be Your Lover Too (8pm)
- Tues Sept 8, Ultan Conlon Bulbs (7pm); Leslie Dowdall Philosopher's Stone (8pm)
- Wed Sept 9, Wookalily Wavelength (7pm); The Riptide Movement Brown Eyed Girl (8pm)
- Thurs Sept 10, Joy Crookes Madame George (7pm); Uly The Street Only Knew Your Name (8pm)
- Fri Sept 11, Eleanor McEvoy Songwriter (7pm); Jack Lukeman The Way Young Lovers Do (8pm)
- Sat Sept, 12, Ciaran Lavery Country Fair (7pm); PowPig Natalia
Hot Press has also published a Van Morrison Special Issue, to coincide with ‘Rave On, Van Morrison’, featuring written contributions from the legendary likes of Hozier, Sinéad O’Connor, Gary Lightbody, Damien Rice, Imelda May and Damien Rice, as well as special homages from international artists Brandon Flowers, Steve Van Zandt and Matt Berninger. In addition, you'll find the highlights of our recent exclusive interview with Van – who discusses the Belfast he grew up in, ‘Gloria’, Jim Morrison, Lenny Bruce, the real inspiration for Astral Weeks and his extraordinary work as a songwriter.
This historic publication is a must-have for Van Morrison fans all over the world, and is available to order now.