Emma Langford is fast becoming a household name as a firm feature of the Irish folk and songwriter scene. A globetrotting troubadour, Langford calls Limerick City in the West of Ireland home. Storytelling and wit sit at the heart of all she does; interweaving her live performances, and shining through her works. Langford’s is an inimitable, dreamy voice on the frontline of a new wave of Irish folk.
In 2017 Langford released her debut album Quiet Giant which garnered her an RTÉ Folk Award for Best Emerging Artist and the Irish Post Music Award nomination for best Irish folk act. In following years she was twice nominated for Best Folk Singer at the RTÉ Folk Awards. She received the inaugural Music Network RESONATE residency in 2021, as well as an Arts Council Agility Award, to support continuing research and explorations into women in Irish history.
In late 2021 Emma wrote and independently released a second album, Sowing Acorns, which paved the way for a bright and busy career. The bold choice to release this record at the height of a global pandemic paid dividends, and her sophomore record received huge international praise.
With this record, the artist solidified her place in the hearts and minds of the nation as she climbed the charts with epic folk ballad Birdsong, collaborated with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, was selected to perform with Stockton’s Wing on RTÉ’s Ireland In Music which has been broadcast across the world to a huge global audience. She also joined the ranks of pandemic-inspired musical supergroup, Irish Women In Harmony.
Langford is currently on the road around Ireland and Germany, creating new work inspired by Irish pirate queen Gráinne Mhaol with award winning composer/conductor Eímear Noone, collaborating with various international communities, and continuing her Arts Council-supported research around Irish women in myth and history.
Her latest, much-loved single, Abigail (Tomhas Ghobnatan) is the first release from a new suite of work based around the lore and history of Ballyvourney, a village in the Muskerry Gaeltacht of County Cork, where Langford was an artist in residence in ‘21.