Winner of the prestigious RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards’ ‘Best Emerging Artist’ and nominated for the Irish Post Music Awards’ ‘Best Folk Act’, Emma Langford has wasted no time this year in establishing herself on the Irish and international folk scene.
Since the release of her self-titled debut EP in 2016 she has worked alongside internationally recognised artists Ron Sexsmith, Beoga, Wallis Bird, Phil Coulter, Eddi Reader, and Declan O’Rourke among others; and is a frequent touring support act for Mick Flannery, Jack Lukeman, and Mundy.
Emma Langford’s distinctive voice is described by song-writing legend Phil Coulter as “a breath of fresh air”. She deftly blends traditional Irish lilt with folk and jazz nuances, while delicate guitar work complements a clear intuitive sense of melody.
Hailing from Limerick City in the South-West of Ireland, her fusion of home-grown brazen wit and piercingly insightful lyrics create the enthralling live on-stage presence for which the young artist is so well known.
In style and sound she is often compared to some of the finest songwriters in musical history, such as Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Nick Drake.
In October 2017 her stunning debut album Quiet Giant
, described by The Irish Times as “an enduring piece of work”
, was released, alongside a music video for the album’s dark, strident folk-rock single, Closed Book
. The video showcases her vibrant hometown of Limerick City and the characters who inhabit it. The record has continued to receive considerable airtime on national and international radio, and remained in the independent Irish charts and in national radio playlists for several weeks following its release, 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
“So personal the lyrics, so bewitching sounds her soft voice, expressing at the same time joy and sorrow…” 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.