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. 

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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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Emma Langford Awarded Limerick Person of the Month

Emma Langford Awarded Limerick Person of the Month

Renowned folk singer-songwriter Emma Langford has been given the award of Limerick Person of the Month for January 2018.

Emma’s debut LP, ‘Quiet Giant’, was released to wide critical acclaim and its success was reflected in her nomination and acceptance of the award at the Clayton Hotel in Limerick this week.

Emma spoke to the Limerick Leader, stating “It was really unexpected. It’s lovely. I feel totally undeserving but I’m chuffed.

“I was always singing. my sister and I used to listen to the musicals like Les Mis and Phantom of the Opera. We would have the cassettes of them and we would play them and we would slow them down and write down the lyrics and practice duets together. I would have been seven or eight at the time.”

Emma first started playing guitar when she was still very young, after her mother, Ina, taught her how to play her first chords. Her father is also very creative, working as a visual artist, and she has two sisters, Clare and Jean.

The Caherdavin songstress attended Mary Queen of Ireland School and went to Laurel Hill Colaiste. She took a year out to work before deciding to pursue music, doing the BA in Voice and Dance in UL and continuing on to do a masters in Community Music. Emma told the Limerick Leader, “I learned a lot in UL. The people I met in the Irish World Academy were incredible and a few of them are in my band, even still. I really loved it.”

Emma Langford Limerick Person of the Month
Picture: Adrian Butler

Emma’s creativity has been a driving force throughout her entire life, with her love of art, music, and poetry being central to her personality. “I was always writing poetry and always writing stories and then songwriting became a natural way of expressing myself in my teens when you start having all of these feelings and angst and crushes and all that stuff. Music is the way I chose to express it and started writing some very, very bad songs, and some alright ones, and one of them is Quiet Giant, the name of my album.”

Quiet Giant was released last October and is currently on sale in Golden Discs, Steamboat Music in Limerick and Tower Records in Dublin. It will soon also be on sale on Vinyl.

Next week Emma will be performing at the Clayton Hotel for the Limerick Person of the Year Awards, paying tribute to the late Dolores O’Riordan by performing one of her songs.

 

 

Emma Langford Releases Quiet Giant on Limited Edition 12″ Vinyl

Emma Langford’s debut album Quiet Giant will soon be available on 12″ vinyl. As of this week, fans of the artist and collectors of vinyl can pre-order their copy of the Emma Langford Limited Edition Vinyl of debut album Quiet Storm released of the debut album.

Emma Langford Limited Edition Vinyl of debut album Quiet Giant released

Emma Langford is a singer-songwriter from Limerick city. Her unique vocals combines Irish lilt with folk and jazz, along with her guitar work which amplifies her profound sense of melody; Langford created a sound that Irish musician Phil Coulter describes as “a breath of fresh air”. Her wry and insightful penmanship combined with a cheerful stage-demeanour prove to create an engaging live presence. This can be perfectly heard on her debut album Quiet Giant soon to be available, Emma Langford Limited Edition Vinyl

Since entering the live music scene in 2013 Emma has been gigging throughout Ireland both solo and with a host of musicians. Emma has made appearances in some of the country’s foremost venues such as Limerick’s Dolans, Dublin’s Whelans, St James’ Church in Dingle; and at festivals such as Electric Picnic and the Doolin Folk Festival and is now branching out through her this new tour to Germany and Switzerland. But in the end of last year Langford end the year with her debut album Quiet Giant and she continues to wow us by starting off 2018 with the release of Emma Langford Limited Edition Vinyl.

Langford posted on social media saying she was “excited” about this next step for her debut album Quiet Giant “Not only do you get to own the songs on lovely black lacquer, but you also have a great big beautiful, full-colour piece of Jacob Stack artwork to proudly display in your home”. 

The album artwork was created by Donegal native and some-time Limerick resident Jacob Stack and evokes a suitable sense of mystery and intrigue perfectly fitting the sound of the album. 

Lay hands on the Emma Langford Limited Edition Vinyl of the debut album Quiet Giant by pre-ordering on Emma Langford’s online store on Bandcamp right NOW

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Emma Langford Launches Debut Album at Dolan’s Warehouse

Emma Langford launches debut album Quiet Giant at Dolan’s Warehouse.

Award-winning artist Emma Langford performed at Dolan’s Warehouse on December 2nd for the launch of her debut album, Quiet Giant

Following the huge success of her 2016 self-titled and crowd-funded EP praised by Hotpress Magazine as “almost angelic”, Emma Langford returns with her debut album, ‘Quiet Giant’. The album showcases ten tracks, set against a stunning backdrop of strings, percussion and piano. The songs dance lightly between genres, weaving a coming-of-age narrative that explores love, heartbreak, and wrestling with self-doubt.

Ahead of her 2017 tour kicking off, Emma was delighted to be awarded Best Female at The Pure M Awards 2017 in August.

Langford is a singer-songwriter from Limerick city. Her vocal style blends Irish lilt with folk and jazz, and her guitar work delicately complements an intuitive sense of melody; she has woven a sound which Phil Coulter describes as “a breath of fresh air”. Her wry and insightful penmanship combined with a cheerful stage-demeanor prove to create an engaging live presence.The young artist has supported internationally recognized artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Declan O’Rourke, Roisín O and Hermitage Green to name but a few. 

Emma has just arrived home to Limerick after travelling to Germany and Switzerland with the Irish Folk Festival this winter. Her debut album, Quiet Giant was released in October.

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