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 released her “spell-binding” Quiet Giant to great critical acclaim in late 2017 – in the following year the self-made Limerick songwriter completed a whirlwind 100-date tour across Austria, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and Ireland to launch the record.
Noted for a vibrant personality and 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 to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian and Lisa Hannigan.
Langford is fully in her stride and showing no signs of slowing down now with a much anticipated second album currently in the works. Meanwhile she continues to share the magic of Quiet Giant with Irish audiences, and in summer of 2019 will visit Germany, and make her debut appearance in the USA.
In October 2017 Emma Langford’s debut album Quiet Giant
was released, along with a music video to promote the album’s dark, strident folk-rock single, Closed Book
. The video showcases her hometown of Limerick City, its beauty spots and characters.
The record remained in the independent Irish charts and in national radio playlists for several weeks following its release, and continues to receive considerable airtime on national and international radio, truly securing the young artist’s place as a firm fixture of the national music scene.
Following the album’s release, Emma 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, with a natural tone and resonance that is truly breath-taking – and razor-sharp wit to boot.
“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
“music that weaves a spell as you listen to it… [An] enduring piece of work.” The Irish Times
“The lyrics are so deeply personal, and her voice so soft and bewitching – it expresses joy and sorrow all at once…” Algemeine Zeitung, German Press
“Emma Langford’s voice sounds like that of a nightingale, except that the birds can not play the guitar.” Badische Zeitung, German Press
“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.