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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Emma Langford new single ‘Closed Book’ from forthcoming debut album, Quiet Giant.

 
Closed Book is the single from Emma Langford’s forthcoming debut album, Quiet Giant.
 

“Closed Book”, the new single from Emma Langford’s debut album Quiet Giant, is a dark, bold and boisterous anthem, differing from the easy-listening ambience of much of Langford’s work. The track displays exciting hints of dance, folk and rockabilly. 

“Lyrically, the song is a middle-finger to the guy who goes about their day so caught up in their own self-importance that they never fully appreciate the world around them; blind to the beauty of the small things, and the kindness of the people surrounding them,” Emma tells me.

The video features Emma taking a journey through her beloved home city Limerick, meeting a cast of colourful local characters on the way. “I was asked by a lot of bystanders why I was making the music video here in Limerick – Limerick is a vibrant, beautiful, creative city with a deeply ingrained sense of community spirit – the video shows that, and ‘Closed Book’ speaks to the person who is blind to it.”

Closed Book is the single from Emma Langford’s debut album, Quiet Giant Quiet Giant is due for release on the 18th of October 2017 across all online platforms, buy or download from https://emmalangfordmusic.bandcamp.com/ 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Director: George Hooker
Producer: Balsha Raich; Collider
DOP: Matt Rogan Glitch Wizards (thanks guys!): Sean Rose; Mark Murphy
Starring: Limerick City
 
More videos from George Hooker: http://www.georgehookerfilms.com/

Irish singer-songwriter Emma Langford’s debut album, Quiet Giant is out now! 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.

Quiet Giant lands as Emma embarks on a tour including a gig at Dolans Warehouse in Limerick in December. Emma’s group consists of Tadhg Murphy on violin, Hannah Nic Gearailt on keys and vocals, Peter Hanagan on double bass, Ray Yrure on percussion and Alec Brown on cello and vocals.

 
 
 

Emma Langford’s debut album, ‘Quiet Giant’ , is out now!

Following the success of her self-titled EP in 2016 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. 

‘Quiet Giant’ was recorded amidst the rolling pastures of Portlaoise at Golden Egg Studios, with Grammy nominated producers Graham Murphy & Chris O’Brien of the Production Suite. The album lands as Langford embarks on a tour of Germany and Switzerland in October and November with the Irish Folk Festival. Irish and UK tour dates to follow. 

Alongside the album pre-order, you also have the opportunity to grab a range of exclusive merchandise and tickets for the album launch at Dolans Warehouse in Limerick in December. 

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 Whelan’s, St James’ Church in Dingle; and at festivals such as Electric Picnic and the Doolin Folk Festival and is now branching out through her current tour to Germany and Switzerland.

Emma released her EP in June of last year and has since gone on to play sold-out shows throughout Limerick with her debut release receiving widespread acclaim.

Emma Langford’s band consists of Tadhg Murphy on violin, Hannah Nic Gearailt on keys and vocals, Peter Hanagan on double bass, Ray Yrure on percussion and Alec Brown on cello and vocals.

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Emma Langford EP proceeds to go directly to the homeless

Limerick folk singer-songwriter Emma Langford is set to donate all the profits from online sales of her EP to homeless services around the city.

This is in direct response to the death of a young homeless woman, Louise ‘BuBu’ Casey whose body was found near the basement of a derelict building in the city.

“I’ve always really felt for our homeless. I’ve tried to give what I can, when I can, but this year I was especially struck by the death in November of Louise Casey – I didn’t know her, but I so easily could have. She wasn’t too different in age to me; I could have been in school with her or worked with her. It felt close to home. It’s never far from my mind – at Christmas time in particular when we’re all running around having the craic and buying presents – that men, women and kids have to sleep rough, in doorways and bus stops, in the freezing cold.” expresses Emma.

Emma continued to say how: “We’re in a crisis that the government should be addressing, but they’re not, and honestly it’s starting to feel like they just don’t care about people – actual real people – anymore. So we as people of Limerick and of Ireland have to be kind to each other when we get the chance.”

Emma released her EP back in June of this year and has since gone on to play sold-out shows throughout Limerick with her EP received widespread acclaim.

Emma Langford’s group consists of Clint Fitzgerald on piano, percussion, lapsteel and guitars, Karl Nesbitt played bodhrán, bouzouki, and flute, and Peter Hanagan performed the double bass.

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Emma Langford Releases Music Video for The Seduction of Eve

Emma Langford has released a new music video for single, The Seduction of Eve

The up-and-coming Limerick artist Emma Langford released the music video for The Seduction of Eve following her EP launch at Dolans on June 18.

 

The 26-year-old Caherdavin songwriter and guitarist first entered the local music scene in 2013, showcasing her unique jazz-folk style of music and guitar playing. She quickly gained a following from her frequent performances at various open mic nights in the city and university venues.

Emma’s EP is filled with mesmerizing, versatile material to suit all tastes and styles.

Other songs aside from the stunning The Seduction of Eve featured on the new release are Closed Book, Tug O’ War, You Are Not Mine, Goodbye Hawaii and All You Want.

The band features Clint Fitzgerald on piano, percussion, lapsteel and guitars, Karl Nesbitt on bodhrán, bouzouki, and flute, and Peter Hanagan on the double bass.

Describing the record, she said: “Through our choices of instruments, rhythms, the songs I’ve written, and my own vocal nuances we’ve somehow managed to fuse elements of Irish, Latin, folk and blues music within the six tracks. This EP definitely showcases my lyrical, vocal, and musical range. It’s at times fun, at times a tearjerker and, at others, introspective.

“Every track is very different in terms of tone, genre, and the themes it explores. I’m really looking forward to everyone having a different favourite song,” she enthused.

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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.

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Photos by Cian Reinhardt

Written by an I Love Limerick correspondent