Starting fresh with new country music

Edgeworthstown singer-songwriter Emmett Flood has a passion - to bring country music to the youth of Ireland. Together with his band, Legatos, Emmett focuses less on the showband-esque feel of a country music performance and more on the beat.

Edgeworthstown singer-songwriter Emmett Flood has a passion - to bring country music to the youth of Ireland. Together with his band, Legatos, Emmett focuses less on the showband-esque feel of a country music performance and more on the beat.

“Something has to change in country music in Ireland or there’ll be no future in it,” said Emmett (30) in speaking to the Leader recently.

“By mid September we will be releasing our new song ‘Let me go’ which is a cover of a Christian Kane track and this will really show what we are trying to do with country music in Ireland.”

Legatos, which was formed just over a year ago, is made up of four members including Emmet - Matthew Dunne (bass) from Ballinamuck, Paul Conboy (lead guitar) from Longford, and Ken Kerrigan (drums) from Drumlish.

“We sound a bit rockier with the four beat rather than the standard country two beat,” explained Emmet who has been influenced by such greats as Thin Lizzy, Rory Gallagher, Willie Nelson and Garth Brooks.

“While we play all types of music, we are really trying to focus on the strong country music scene that is dominated in America by people such as Christian Kane, Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney.”

Although there are a lot of artists working in the country music scene in Ireland, Emmet believes that Legatos have a different offering.

“Country music has set venues and we want to change that and be playing country music in nightclub venues,” he said. “We are not going to be going out in the black suits and shiny shoes. We’re more likely to be in the check-shirts and jeans – a casual feel.”

Currently one of Emmett’s original songs ‘Understand’ is being played on regional radio and is proving very popular. This song is soon to be followed by the release of the cover ‘Let me go’.

Over the years Emmett has enjoyed great success with a number of bands including Deep Speed, who won the first ever Longford’s Got Talent. Their successful track ‘How will you cry’ reached number two in the independent download charts. With an earlier band, Esab, Emmet reached number one in the download charts with ‘Need you to know’.

“Although I spent time in rock music, I grew up with country music and I guess deep down I always knew I’d come back to it. I’m happy to be back and it seems to be flowing better than anything else,” said Emmett.

Married to Fidelma and a father of four children, Emmett believes passionately that his career in music is, at present, focused upon delivering the country music genre to a younger clientèle.

“Our aim at the moment is to release a couple of strong country music covers onto the radio and then play the venues, thereby creating a younger crowd,” said Emmet who has previously played with Shane McGowan and Imelda May.