Emma Langford dedicates new release to those in Direct Provision 

Emma Langford helps Doras Luimni with all proceeds of a new festive release going towards the organization this Christmas

Emma Langford dedicates a new release to those in Direct Provision

Emma Langford is on a roll this past week, having received the first ever Dolores O’Riordan bursary, she then went on to release her newest track, a version of ‘Scarlet Ribbons’ in collaboration with Ger O’Donnell, with all proceeds going towards Doras Luimní to help all those in Direct Provision this Christmas. 

Emma’s rendition of ‘Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) was recorded alongside Ger O’Donnell and all proceeds from the track which can be bought digitally (link below), going to Doras Luimní, a local organisation helping the 550 plus people who will be spending this Christmas in direct provision centres in Limerick . 

Just last week, the mother of The Cranberries’ frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan presented Emma with the first-ever Dolores O’Riordan music bursary established in memory of her late daughter. 

The award was established in October following discussions between the local authority and the O’Riordan family as to how best to honour and commemorate Dolores.  

It was agreed that The Dolores O Riordan Music Bursary would be established to support a Limerick professional musician to develop their career.


 In total 11 bursaries were presented by the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Sheahan. 

The panel welcomed the high quality of the applications and made the following recommendation that Emma Langford (Singer-Song Writer) be awarded the bursary.  

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.  

This bursary will provide funding to cover ongoing production for her second album, due for release in 2020. It will contribute to the costs of a music video, for her recently released single, The Winding Way Down to Kells Bay, and support writing for her next record. 

Speaking of Emma, Noel Hogan from the Cranberries said, “Dolores would be so happy and proud that she’s been an influence on the next generation of brands”. 

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Dolores O’Riordan Music Bursary awards Limerick musician Emma Langford €4,000

Dolores O’Riordan Music Bursary awards Limerick musician Emma Langford €4,000

Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford has become the first Limerick musician to be awarded the inaugural Dolores ORiordan Music Bursary, receiving €4,000.

The bursary was launched this year after being set up by Dolores’family, with help from Limerick City and County Council. The winner is picked out of numerous applicants and the award aims to help Limerick musicians with their career, such as producing music videos, recording, publicity and more.

Emma Langford is a folk singer from Caherdavin, who launched her career back in 2016 and since then, has risen to international recognition, appearing at the Snug Stage at Milwaukee Irish Fest back in August.

Emma commented on the award, saying, “I still don’t really know what to say, except that I’m grateful and really humbled to be the first recipient of this award which will help me to finish work on my second album and start working toward my next one. Thank you to all in Limerick Council responsible for making this decision; I have no doubt it was a difficult one, and I don’t take it lightly”.

Emma released a single over summer, called ‘Goodbye Hawaii’, with the video reaching nearly 10,000 views on YouTube. She recently released her single ‘Winding Way Down to Kells Bay’ last September.

The award will be put towards funding her second album, which is due for release next year, along with contributing to costs for her upcoming music video and support the writing for the next record. Emma released her first album, ‘The Quiet Giant’, back in 2017.

Two other bursaries were also announced, both in the area of film and both worth €8,000.

Crude Media has been awarded one of the bursaries to make their short film ‘Imbas Forosnai’, directed by Shane Serrano and featuring local spoken word artist Shane Davis.

Award-winning freelance filmmaker Grace Quilligan has also been awarded the €8,000, to help fund her film ‘In Memoriam’. 

Councillor Olivia O’Sullivan said, “Congratulations to Emma Langford awarded the inaugural Dolores O’Riordan Music Bursary 2019, and to Crude Media and Grace Quilligan awarded the Limerick Short Film Bursaries 2019. We are blessed with hard-working and hugely talented creatives in Limerick and I welcome this support from the Council for our artists.”.

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Emma Langford returns back to Limerick to support Kate O Donnell

Emma Langford returns back to Limerick to support Kate O Donnell

Emma Langford has rallied the support of musicians local and national for a very special hometown show to raise vital funds for Kate O’Donnell at Na Piarsaigh GAA Club on Friday night, November 22, 2019.

Kate was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer in December 2018 at the young age of 27.

Emma is a singer-songwriter from Limerick in the South-West of Ireland. The artist has received consistent praise from national and international media and audiences alike, The Irish Times commented Emma Langford is a treasure in Ireland’s music scene.

Now the Caherdavin-born singer will take to the mic with friends at Na Piarsaigh GAA Club for a special concert in aid of former camogie star Kate O’Donnell. All profits on the night will go to cover the costs of treatment for Kate O’Donnell. 

Emma said, “Kate is only a couple of years younger than me. To know that a girl who has her whole life ahead of her needs help instantly, it was a cause I wanted to be a part of.”

Katie’s clubmate, Kate Campbell is very grateful Emma’s is participating and said, “for such an amazingly talented musician to wants to give up her time like that is just a testament to her as a person.”

The cancer Kate has called Fibrolamellar which affects only 1 in 5 million people worldwide and that is a rare liver cancer usually occurs in adolescents and young adults who have no history of liver disease.

Kate now needs access to a licensed treatment called Atezolizumab, unfortunately, Atezolizumab is not licensed for her specific cancer because it is so rare that HSE is not covered. 

Now the Atezolizumab treatment costs €5,845 per vial and Kate will need one vial every 3 weeks for the next two years. That will be at a personal expense to Kate and her family.

The fundraising committee – which includes Limerick hurler Shane Dowling’s father Paddy and former council candidate Pat O’Neill – are hoping to sell 500 tickets for the gig. 

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Emma Langford returns to Limerick for Homecoming show

Prominent folk artist Emma Langford will be having her homecoming show on July 12 which promises to be her biggest one yet.

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Emma Langford has announced her Limerick homecoming concert on July 12, and it looks set to be a unique celebration of local and international talent. 

Limerick singer-songwriter and RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Award winner Emma Langford will headline Limerick Summer Music at the Rossbrien Pavilion on July 12, in what will be her biggest hometown show to date. Langford launched her first album Quiet Giant in 2017 and is now working with Grammy-nominated team The Production Suite in Dublin to produce a much-anticipated sequel. 

Having toured the album extensively across Europe and the UK since its release, her 2019 summer tour is a farewell of sorts to “the Giant”, performing it in full for audiences in Belfast, Mayo and Limerick. “This is actually the first time audiences will get to hear Quiet Giant in all its glory – all ten tracks, with a full band.” says Langford, who launched the album at Dolans Warehouse in Limerick City in December 2017, “I can’t wait – we’ve had the experience of playing the songs across Europe over the past year and a half now, and I feel like we’ve really grown into them a bit more as a band. We’ve put together some beautiful new arrangements, plus we’ll be joined by some very special guests, so that’s going to add a whole new dimension to the show.” 

Langford is also taking the opportunity on the 12th of July to officially launch a new single from her forthcoming album. “Goodbye Hawaii might be familiar to anyone who’s been to a gig,” she said, but for those who have only admired the artist’s work from afar, Langford claims the track will “come as a surprise – it’s a departure from the earthy, orchestral vibe on Quiet Giant. It’s almost indie-pop, I’ve been calling it Hawaiian Motown”. 

The Limerick lady’s summer release is an uptempo 60’s-inspired track with lyrics that cleverly parody the dated “helpless and lovesick” clichés often presented in songs of the era. Emma has worked with fellow Limerick creative Shane Serrano to produce an equally tongue-in-cheek music video for the track, which will be released in early July ahead of the concert. 

Tadhg Murphy, Hannah Nic Gearailt, Alec Brown, Peter Hanagan and Ray Yrure make up the sublime Quiet Giant band. Emma has also recruited the help of Cork man Kealan Kenny on lap steel internationally acclaimed violin duo Lucia MacPartlin & Maria Ryan; Limerick’s Clef Choir led by Galway native Darragh Wynne; plus The Soul and Body Dance Quartet who formed in 2018 at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in UL. 

The show will be Langford’s biggest to date, and with no record label, manager or agent to take on some of the workloads she admits to feeling out of her depth at times. “It’s hard seeing huge shows run by huge promoters that sort of squash independent artists into smaller venues… It’s a big undertaking, coordinating and promoting a show like this, but I think it’s important to show that it can be done. I have really excellent support in the Limerick Summer Music committee.” 

Michael Murphy is my man on the inside there, he’s known me since I was a kid when I worked at the University Concert Hall. Plus my friends, my bandmates, my family – and Limerick almost always have my back! So I’m never really on my own with any of it.” 

Limerick Summer Music now in its third year takes place at the Rossbrien Pavilion on the grounds of Old Crescent RFC, Rossbrien, Limerick. Tickets for Limerick Summer Music (€20) are available from eventmaster.ieFor further information visit www.limericksummermusic.ie 

Emma’s album Quiet Giant is available to download and listen to on all mainstreaming platforms. 

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Limerick’s Emma Langford nominated for International Folk Award 

Prominent folk artist Emma Langford is now a nominee for the international music prize called the Iron Eversteiner folk award. Picture: Kellyn Bowler.

Limerick’s Emma Langford nominated for international folk award  

by ilovelimerick correspondent Conor Owens.

Limerick singer Emma Langford has been nominated for the prestigious international music prize, the ‘Iron Eversteiner folk award’. 

The singer-songwriter announced her nomination for the music prize last Monday, along with details of her new single and upcoming show in Limerick.  

The ceremony is set to be held on October 25 at a nominees concert at the Malzhaus Plauen in Germany. When asked how she felt after hearing she had been nominated, Emma said “I was so surprised and so honoured, not just because I was nominated but because it’s my first international award nomination! It’s really amazing. I’m very grateful to Petra my booking agent for taking a chance and putting me forward for it.” 

Emma is no stranger to the German folk scene after she was invited to launch her album internationally with Germany’s Irish Film Festival tour, receiving rave reviews and breaking tour records for CD sales. 

Emma Langford Award
Emma Langford with her bandmates, Ray (drums) and Alec (cello) in Brühl, Germany. Picture: Emma Langford.

“The last time I was in Germany I was doing everything on my own – booking, promoting, and playing,” said Emma. “This time I have two of my bandmates, Alec (cello) and Ray (drums), and I have Petra looking after booking, and each of the venue managers looking after promotion. I get to focus a little more on playing music now which is a brand new experience for me; a very welcome one.” 

Emma will be performing her biggest show to date in July, which will also be her first Limerick headliner in two years. She will also be releasing her first single as part of her new forthcoming album on July 12. 

With the release of her new album around the corner, Emma said “I can’t wait! It’s been a long time coming – the song I’m about to release is one I’ve played at shows for years, I’ve recorded it a few times now, but it’s never sounded quite right on tape… My producers have helped to finally bring the dream to life and I’m so excited to share this version with everyone.” 

Emma is now regarded as one of Ireland’s most prominent folk artists and has won ‘Best Emerging Folk Artist at the inaugural RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards in 2018. 

In 2017, Emma released her debut album Quiet Giant – an atmospheric 10-track folk album showcasing songs written across the previous 3 years. It was packaged in a Jacob Stack illustrated hardcase, and featured instrumental beauty from Hannah Nic Gearailt (Keys, Cork), Peter Hanagan (Double Bass, New Mexico), Ray Yrure (Drums, Virginia), Alec Brown (Cello, Arkasas) and Tadhg Murphy (Violin, Drogheda).    

In the same year, Emma released a music video to promote the album’s dark, strident folk-rock single, ‘Closed Book‘. The video showcased her hometown of Limerick City, its beauty spots and characters.  

‘Quiet Giant’ 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.   

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Mayoral Reception Presented to Three Inspiring Limerick Women Who Are Making a Difference by Raising Awareness for Mental Health

Pictured at the Mayoral Reception in the Limerick City Chambers are Claire Flynn, Limerick Mental Hospital, Dr Jennifer McMahon, University of Limerick, Cllr Daniel Butler, Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick, Emma Langford, singer-songwriter, Valerie Dolan of Dolans Pub, Sr Helen Culhane, Children’s Grief Centre, and Phil Mortell. Picture: Conor Owens/ilovelimerick.

Mayoral Reception Presented to Three Inspiring Limerick Women Who Are Making a Difference by Raising Awareness for Mental Health

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Sinead Fitzgibbon


On Monday, April 1 Daniel Butler, Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick held a Mayoral Reception at City Hall to honour three inspiring and driven Limerick women, specifically for the work they do regarding mental health.

Daniel told I Love Limerick why he chose Emma Langford, Dr Jennifer McMahon and Sr Helen Culhane, ‘It is about honouring three women who are doing something special in Limerick. What combines them all is their connection to mental health advocacy and in a practical way, also music as well combines all three of them.’ 

Singer-songwriter Emma Langford lingers in that liminal space between folk, jazz and traditional Irish nuance. Valerie Dolan, owner of Dolans Warehouse, Limerick spoke kind words about Emma at the reception saying ‘She has given so much, she has worked harder than any musician in this city, she has given more of herself, more for women, more for charities. It is great to be able to know Emma because she is one of the success stories.’

Emma Langford said ‘When you grow up in the city it means a lot when your mayor recognises the work you’re doing and your friends and your family get to be there and be part of it so it is really special.’ In October 2017, her debut album Quiet Giant, described by The Irish Times as “an enduring piece of work”, was released. She is currently touring the world while working on a second album which she hopes to release by the end of the year.

Dr Jennifer McMahon plays many important roles within the city. She is the chairperson of Limerick Mental Health Association, a singer-songwriter, a published researcher and a lecturer in Educational Psychology & Inclusive Education at the University of Limerick. Jennifer said ‘It is an absolute privilege to be recognised by your own city for the work that you do, so I am hugely honoured.’ Limerick Mental Health Association (LMHA) was set up by a group of community leaders in 2002. LMHA promotes positive mental health across Limerick City and County. Jennifer is extremely proud of how far they have come as a group saying ‘We have really grown as a board it is a fantastic organisation with a great team of people there’.

Sr Helen Culhane, Limerick Person of the Year 2017, founded the Children’s Grief Centre in 2009 and it has been providing support services for school-aged children and young people affected by loss through death, separation, and divorce in Mid-West Region. Sr Helen Culhane said ‘It is very humbling to be honoured in this way, I was delighted to be here with Emma and Jennifer, two amazing women, and it was lovely to be able to share in that. I am overwhelmed to be quiet honest’ Children’s Grief Centre has slowly been getting the recognition that they deserve. Helen said ‘It is wonderful for the Children’s Grief Centre because we are planning to build a new Children’s Grief Centre so this is great exposer, I am hoping many people will come on board and help us financially to realise our dream to build a new Children’s Grief Centre.’

Mayor Daniel Butler said ‘What they are doing just beyond mental health is they are making Limerick society that bit better through volunteerism, through work, through their music, through their art form, so I am hugely grateful for them and the opportunity to honour them is a great honour for me’.

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Emma Langford Named Best Emerging Folk Artist at The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards

Emma Langford Named Best Emerging Folk Artist at The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards

Emma Langford Named Best Emerging Folk Artist at The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards


Emma Langford, Limerick singer-songwriter was announced as the‘Best Emerging Folk Artist of the Year’ at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards.

The award ceremony took place on Thursday, October 25 in Dublin and the whole award was live on RTÉ Radio 1. The event was hosted by presenters Ruth Smith and John Creedon. RTÉ Radio 1has produced five separate folk music documentaries, which were also broadcast in the run-up to the awards night.

Emma imbues her music with the soul and style of Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy, and Joan Baez; her distinctive vocal style demonstrates a blend of Irish lilt with folk and jazz. Her delicate guitar work complements an intuitive sense of melody, which is loved by music lovers.

Talking about winning the award, Emma Langford said “I cannot believe that I won the Best Emerging Folk Act at the inaugural RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards and Maria Doyle Kennedy presented my award to me and I got to breath the same air as some musical royalty.” on her Facebook page.

“I couldn’t by any means have gotten here without the help and support and occasional begrudging affection of my family and friends, my band-mates Hannah, Peter, Alec, Tadhg and Ray, the producers of Quiet Giant Chris & Graham, the musicians I’ve shared a stage with and worked with over the past three years, and the deadly people of Limerick who’ve been ridiculously kind and supportive, ” she said.

Last year, Emma just released her debut album, Quiet Giant. The album showcases ten tracks, set against a stunning backdrop of strings, percussion and piano. Songs of the album dance lightly between genres, weaving a coming-of-age narrative that explores love, heartbreak, and wrestling with self-doubt.

 “Emma Langford’s insightful penmanship combined with a cheerful stage-demeanour prove a winning combination, creating an engaging live presence. She has to date shared a stage with globally renowned artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Mary Black, Phil Coulter, Mundy, Eddi Reader, Mick Flannery and Declan O’Rourke.” comments on Emma Langford’s talent and her music work from Break Tune.

During the years, the alternative folk guitarist and singer-songwriter has been performing in a lot of wonderful gigs and some are charity gigs that Emma donated all of the proceeds from the events to local charities.

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I Heart the Cranberries fundraiser in aid of Adapt House and Limerick Mental Health Association

I Heart the Cranberries fundraiser concert in aid of Adapt House and Limerick Mental Health Association is a success!

The I Heart the Cranberries fundraiser concert in aid of ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services and Limerick Mental Health Association took place in Dolans on July 5, 2018, as part of the Limerick LGBT Pride Festival 2018. The concert was a tribute to Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan and the event raised €1730 for each charity.

Over twenty artists from all over Ireland gathered at Dolan’s to pay tribute to Dolores O’Riordan and the music of the Cranberries. On the night a brilliant house band recruited just for the event brought an explosive performance of some of the band’s chart-topping anthems, aided by leading female vocalists from Limerick and beyond. 

The I Heart the Cranberries fundraiser concert not only celebrated Dolores O’Riordan and the Cranberries but all profits from tickets and donations have gone to local charities ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services and Limerick Mental Health Association.

I Heart the Cranberries raises fund
Emma Langford performing at the I Heart The Cranberries event. Picture: Sophie Goodwin/ilovelimerick
The event was organised by Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford, who represents The Limerick Lady, a grassroots organisation based in Limerick, which focuses on promoting discussion around gender, gender balance and visibility of female artists. 
“I ran it in collaboration with Limerick Pride as part of Pride Week, to celebrate diversity, and to honour the life and legacy of Dolores O’Riordan. We decide to use the show as an opportunity to raise funds for two fantastic local charities, Limerick Mental Health Association and Adapt Domestic Abuse Services,” said Emma.

“I chose to suppose the Limerick Mental Health Association as Noel Hogan of the Cranberries asked that we donate funds from the show to a mental health organisation, in honour of his late friend and bandmate Dolores who often struggled with her own mental health. ADAPT is a cause that the Limerick Lady has always supported, and is a vital resource for people of all genders in Limerick and in Ireland suffering from domestic abuse. Both charities provide crucial supports here in Limerick,” she continued.

i heart the Cranberries raises fund
Roy Rivas, Xaby Mourelle, Javier Patwan, Shanty and Phil Grange at the I Heart The Cranberries event as a party of Limerick Pride 2018 in aid of Adapt House at Dolans Pub, Thursday, July 5th, 2018. Picture: Sophie Goodwin/ilovelimerick

Claire Flynn, Manager of Limerick  Mental Health Association said that this fund would help them to continue to provide social, creative and wellness activities for adults under the care of mental health services.

“We are honoured to have been chosen as a charity partner. The event was magical and full of joy and showed how influential Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries were. Many people spoke how their music helped them through hard times,” said Claire

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Emma Langford nominated for RTE 1 Folk Award

Limerick artist Emma Langford nominated for the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards.

Emma Langford, the talented Limerick songwriter and singer has been announced as a shortlist nominee for Best Emerging Artist in the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards.

Last year, Emma released her debut album, Quiet Giant. The album showcases ten tracks, set against a stunning backdrop of strings, percussion and piano. Songs of the album dance lightly between genres, weaving a coming-of-age narrative that explores love, heartbreak, and wrestling with self-doubt.

In recent years, the folk guitarist and singer-songwriter has performed at many wonderful gigs, some being charity events where Emma donated profits to local charities.

Emma imbues her music with the soul and style of Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy, and Joan Baez; her distinctive vocal style demonstrates a blend of Irish lilt with folk and jazz. Her delicate guitar work complements an intuitive sense of melody, much loved by music lovers.

 Emma noticed that she was shortlisted for the nomination of the RTE 1 Folk Awards from a tweet by local music venue, Dolan’s Pub. She said: “I was totally skeptical, assuming they must have made some mistake and misread something. It came as a lovely surprise. ”


“It feels great to have all my hard work of the past few years recognised by our national broadcaster. RTÉ Radio 1 have been really kind and very supportive since I released my debut EP in 2016, so I’m really delighted to get this official recognition.” she continued.

Emma successfully crowd-funded and launched a debut EP, simply titled “Emma Langford”, which was toured at sold-out dates across the country in 2016. 

Her debut album “Quiet Giant” was led by the album’s single, ‘Closed Book’. The record received considerable airtime on RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ Radio1, Lyric FM, BBC Northern Ireland, and Newstalk. It remained in the independent Irish charts, and on the RTÉ Radio 1 playlist for many weeks following its release, securing the young artist’s place as a staple of the national folk scene.

Emma completed a hugely successful month-long tour of Germany and Switzerland with the Irish Folk Festival in October 2017, receiving rave reviews and breaking tour records for CD sales.  Also, in 2017 Emma Langford was voted “Best Solo Female Artist” by Pure M Magazine and was listed as a Hot Press Magazine one-to-watch in the summer of 2016.

The inaugural RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards will take place in Vicar Street in Dublin on the 25th October, 2018. The event will be hosted by presenters Ruth Smith and John Creedon and broadcast live on RTÉ Radio 1. In addition, RTÉ Radio 1 will produce five separate folk music documentaries, which will be broadcast in the run-up to the awards night.

RTE 1 Folk Awards established this event to celebrate the huge range of folk music in Ireland today. On the night nine awards will be presented including Best Emerging Folk Artist, Best Folk Album of the Year and Best Folk Group.

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Emma Langford to re-release folk-gospel song Tug O War as a single this Summer

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 February 17 in 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.
This summer, Tug O War will be re-released as a single, giving the tune once again its own chance to shine. The track’s release in late May coincides with the beginning of the artist’s Irish and European tour. Langford will also be releasing a remix of the track by Northern electronic artist Arvo Party, and a music video to accompany the single is currently in the works.
“I’m looking forward to sending Tug O War out into the world again – this song for me is a constant reminder of how far I’ve come, and why I’m in the music business, to share stories and connect with people.”
Composed to the hum of an electric shower, arranged with a bust-up guitar and a loop pedal, and written as a stream-of-thought piece, Tug O’ War is a gospel-infused folk song that speaks to the frustration, anxiety, self-doubt and ennui that strikes when a young artist is burning the candle at both ends just to try and catch a break.
Langford explains “I wasn’t in regular work at the time, I was finding it hard to leave the house. It doesn’t affect me as much these days, but I still get anxious a lot, and like any creative person I spend a lot of my time doubting myself, my creative choices, and, y’know, my life-choices!”
“The song is about not letting the little voice of anxiety inside your head stop you from brazenly going forth and reaching your potential.”
In Spring 2016 she first released Tug O’ War on a 6-track EP which featured Karl Nesbitt, Peter Hanagan, and Clint Fitzgerald.
She went on in 2017 to re-imagine Tug O’ War with a full band on “Quiet Giant”, her debut album produced by Grammy-nominated duo Chris O’Brien and Graham Murphy of the Production Suite in Dublin. 
Following its release, the album was first showcased at the Irish Folk Festival tour in Germany and Switzerland in October/November 2017. 
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