Emma Langford

Emma Langford live at The Duncairn, Belfast in 2019 – image credit: Stan Niklov

Emma Langford hails from Limerick in the South-West of Ireland.

Since first bursting onto the scene in 2016 she’s hardly taken her foot off the pedal, with an eye-watering ever-growing tour schedule and frequent collaborations up her sleeve. 

 

The artist has received consistent praise from national and international media and audiences alike, with The Irish Times describing her debut album Quiet Giant (2017) as ‘music that weaves a spell as you listen to it… An enduring piece of work’.

Ireland’s state broadcaster RTÉ Radio 1 presented Emma with the Best Emerging Artist award at their inaugural Folk Awards in October 2018.

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.

Langford’s sound 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. Her home-grown brazen wit and piercingly insightful lyrics have fused to produce the on-stage energy for which the young artist has become so well known at home and abroad.

Noted too 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 artists such as Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones 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.

Following the release of her single Goodbye Hawaii praised in Hot Press as the “downright sunniest song of the summer”, Emma is due to release more new music later in the year, as well as a much anticipated second album in early 2020; she is also collaborating locally on projects with musicians, theatre-makers and aerial-dance performers. 

Emma makes her debut appearance in the USA this August 2019 on the Snug Stage at Milwaukee Irish Fest.

Emma Langford on stage at Limerick Summer Music 2019 – photo by Zyanya Lorenzo
Reviews

 

“Emma Langford is a treasure in Ireland’s music scene” – The Irish Times

“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 breath of fresh air… Very easy on the ear.” – Phil Coulter 
 
 

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