Hailing from Limerick City; home of Richard Harris and the Cranberries; in the South-West of Ireland, Emma Langford’s fusion of home-grown brazen wit and piercingly insightful lyrics create an enthralling on-stage presence for which the young artist has become so well known at home and abroad.
RTÉ Radio 1 named Emma Langford Ireland’s Best Emerging Artist at their inaugural Folk Awards in October 2018. The newcomer has received unwavering appreciation from national and international media and audiences alike, with The Irish Times describing Langford’s debut album Quiet Giant as ‘music that weaves a spell as you listen to it… An enduring piece of work’.
Emma’s “spell-binding” Quiet Giant features stunning full-band arrangements for 10 self-penned songs, and was released to great critical acclaim in late 2017. Following the album’s Irish release, she was invited to launch it internationally with Germany’s Irish Folk Festival tour, receiving rave reviews and breaking tour records for CD sales.
Langford’s sound however is made to be heard live, be it solo or with a full complement of musicians. She possesses a distinct natural tone and resonance that is truly breath-taking – and a razor-sharp tongue to boot. Noted for a vocal timbre which dances playfully among the nuances of “folk”; Emma Langford’s voice is at once defiant and ethereal; her lyrics insightful, yet loaded with wit and whimsy. Comparisons are often drawn in style and sound to historically famed songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Janis Ian.
In 2018 the self-made Limerick songwriter completed a whirlwind 100-date promotional tour across Austria, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and Ireland to launch the record, yet as she posits in her own lyrics: “Is this all you want? Is this all you need?”; Langford has hit her stride and shows no signs of slowing down.
With a much anticipated second album currently in the works, she is also collaborating locally on projects with theatre-makers and aerial-dance performers.
She continues in 2019 to share the magic of Quiet Giant with Irish & UK audiences, and in summer of this year will visit Germany, and make her debut appearance in the USA at Milwaukee Irish Fest.
“A beguiling, distinctive voice and a keen ear for a quirky melody, the young Limerick singer-songwriter seems to have arrived fully-formed” Hot Press
“The emotional weight of her vocal delivery is astounding… Emma Langford has confidently laid out ten reasons why she has the creative edge needed to stand out from the rest.” Golden Plec
“A songwriter of great depth and personal soul searching and a voice to match.” RTÉ Lyric FM
“Underneath that zealous surface, Langford can innately approach sombre pieces with darker undertones and add the cherry on top with an assuring, melodic falsetto.” The Limerick Leader
Watch The Music Video for Tug O’ War
Emma Langford was on the verge of throwing in the towel, before taking the shower that inspired Tug O’ War – a track which launched her unexpectedly into the hearts and minds of strangers around the world.
Tug O War was created on the 17th of February, 2016, in a frenzied burst of inspiration, in response to a feeling of being “not good enough”. The track featured in 2016 on Emma Langford’s debut self-titled EP, and was re-released in 2017 on her album Quiet Giant.