Bio

Linda Em is a London based, Irish born singer songwriter.

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.

Her latest 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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Photography by John Dawson

Photography by  John Dawson . Make Up by  Ciara McCarthy .

Photography by John Dawson. Make Up by Ciara McCarthy.

Photography by  John Dawson . Make Up by  Ciara McCarthy .

Photography by John Dawson. Make Up by Ciara McCarthy.

Photography by  John Dawson . Make Up by  Ciara McCarthy .

Photography by John Dawson. Make Up by Ciara McCarthy.

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A voice that just stops your heart cold before it warms it back up?... melodies that will raise your spirits just high enough to the heavens before it drags it down towards a fiery afterlife!
— King Baby Duck, Boston Bastard Brigade
She joins Hozier and Imelda May in making the Celtic Americana scene exciting again…If Marianne Faithfull has a successor, Linda Em is a worthy placeholder.
— Eoghan Lyng, We Are Cult
Linda Em has a singer’s heart and a storyteller’s soul. Her songs reach deep and her voice wraps around the words in ways that stay with you... Whether in an intimate studio setting or live, her songs and stories shine through.
— Martin Bridgeman, KCLR, Kilkenny
This really is something special.
— Beehive Candy
This offering is stunning and timeless, grounding and balanced.
— Spill Magazine
Linda Em is an amazing vocalist with a great command…if you haven’t heard Linda Em before then fix that mistake now
— Off The Record Blog

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