Updated: Jun 7
Emma Langford was 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.
BEST EMERGING FOLK ARTIST of the year goes to @ELangfordMusic #RTERadio1FolkAwards pic.twitter.com/lS4TLC55gN — RTÉ Radio 1 (@RTERadio1) October 25, 2018
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.
Fresh from winning ‘Best Emerging Artist’ at the @RTERadio1 #RTERadio1FolkAwards last night @ELangfordMusic is with Ray for live music this afternoon 💃💃💃🎼🎼🎼👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/SKFlK9d1i9 — Ray D’Arcy Radio (@RadioRayRTE) October 26, 2018
“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.