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.


WATCH – Emma Langford returns to Limerick for Homecoming show

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. 

To find out more about Emma Langford, click here 

For more stories featuring Emma Langford, click here  

Photos: Dolf Patjin/ilovelimerick.

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.   

For more information on Emma Langford’s upcoming album, click here 

For more stories featuring Emma Langford, click here 

Emma Langford Launches Debut EP Upstairs at Dolan’s, Limerick

A packed Dolan’s pub hosted the launch of Emma Langford’s debut EP with live performances from Emma Langford and band, with support from the talented Nile St James.

Emma Langford debuts EP at Dolans Limerick
Emma Langford debuts EP at Dolans Limerick.
Pictured above Nile St James warms up the audience.
Picture by Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick

Emma promised a performance that would be mellow yet containing high energy to keep the sold-out room entertained for the event, and the acts on the night certainly delivered.

“I’m finding it hard to absorb it all! The EP and the launch have been a good half a year in the making, so it’s hard to believe it’s all done! Onward now to the next thing,” Emma commented on the release of her EP.

Taking to the stage at 9.30pm Emma’s childhood friend and talented singer Nile St James, along with a guitarist and backing vocalist, warmed up the thronged room in the Upstairs venue of Dolan’s Pub in Limerick City.

After playing a half hour set, Nile St James and band ended their set to rapturous applause followed by greetings and kind words from the audience as they made their way off stage.

After a short intermission, the main act made their way to the stage, Emma Langford accompanied by a violinist, cellist and a drummer. Emma, herself on guitar and vocals, as she set a tall glass of water down beside her for the night ahead.

The crowd fell silent through each song before erupting at the final note…

The performance was exactly as she described, a mixture of lower melancholic

Emma Langford debuts EP
Emma Langford debuts EP at Dolans. Picture by Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick

sounds and some more upbeat tracks that feature on her self-titled debut EP.

Entranced by a beautiful voice and soothing music, the crowd fell silent through each song before erupting at the final note of each as the young Limerick singer-songwriter entertained between songs with often humorous anecdotes and quips about the compositions she was about to play.

The following day, Nile St James showed his appreciation for Emma and her work on social media, saying, “What an amazing night. Congratulations to Emma Langford for such a beautiful evening. Had the time of my life supporting you in Dolans. Looking forward to the next gig.”

Emma has recently launched her music video for her song ‘The Seduction of Eve’, which you can watch below.

You can find Emma’s youtube channel here.

You can find out more about Emma on her official Facebook Page.

If you want to read more about Emma Langford, you can find more stories here.

Photos by Cian Reinhardt

Written by an I Love Limerick correspondent

Singer Emma Langford Releases Home Video for Tug O’ War

Emma Langford Releases New Track About Anxiety titled Tug O’ War – Young Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford has caught the affection of the public with her latest track, ‘Tug O’ War’.

Emma’s new song is about dealing with anxiety and has harvested a massive amount of compassion and empathy from both her fans and the general public nationwide.

Image Credit: Emily Gale

Emma Langford, 26, came up with ‘Tug O’ War’ while showering one day. Emma explained that the shower is where she gets her inspiration for most of her songs.

“I get my best ideas in the shower, so I did a bit of exercise, took a shower, starting humming along to the rhythm of the water and the electrical hum, and Emma Langfords single Tug O War was born,” Emma smiled.

Emma Langford discusses openly her ordeal with anxiety , “I’m somewhat out of regular work at the moment and I’m finding it hard to leave the house. I get anxious a lot, and like any creativeperson I spend a lot of my time doubting myself, my creative choices, the path I’ve chosen in life.”

In her newest song Emma encourages her fans and like-minded folk to “be bigger than the little voice of anxiety inside your head”. 

Emma Langford urges people to not allow anxiety, “stop you from brazenly going forth and reaching your potential.” She encourages fans and like-minded folk to “be bigger than the little voice of anxiety inside your head”.

Emma gives credit to Ben Caplan and Kathleen Turner by whom she was inspired while writing her recently published song.

Image credit: Emily Gale

Emma talks about her exemplars, “Kathleen is someone I really admire for her song writing, and she taught me gospel in college which I think comes through in the whole vibe of the song.

“Ben, who I supported recently in Limerick venue. Dolan’s, sings in this beautifully soulful low register, so that inspired me to play around in my own low register.”

Emma Langford is no newcomer to the world of music and performing. Having already played her tunes all around Limerick city and county, Emma’s now looking to bring her music to a national level.

“I’m currently reaching out to venues around the country for a few gigs.  I really want to bring my music to new audiences – I’m tired of playing – literally – within my comfort zone.” Emma explains.

Emma Langford is currently working on a new EP which she hopes will be released in the coming months.

 

 

Listen to Emma Langford’s new song Tug O’ War and check out Emma’s amazing talent on Youtube here

Have a listen to more of Emma’s original songs here on Soundcloud

Find out more about Emma Langford on Facebook here

Read more of Limerick’s latest news here