Langford was awarded the RTÉ Folk Award for Best Emerging Artist in 2018, and in 2020 and 2021 was shortlisted for Best Folk Singer. She received the Music Network Resonate residency, and Arts Council Agility Award last year to support her continuing musical exploration of women in Irish history.
Emma has written and independently released two highly acclaimed albums, Quiet Giant (2017) and Sowing Acorns (2020), laying the groundwork for a bright, busy future. Never one to shy from a challenge, she made the ultimately rewarding choice to release her latest album at the height of a pandemic – Sowing Acorns landed in September 2020, receiving huge international praise.
She then quietly climbed up the charts across iTunes and Irish radio with her epic folk ballad Birdsong; collaborated with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra; was selected to perform at the prestigious Ireland Music Week international showcase; and joined the hugely successful Irish Women In Harmony. 2022 sees her back on the road, as well as collaborating with award-winning Irish conductor and composer Eimear Noone on work surrounding the legendary Gráinne Mhaol, Pirate Queen; and continuing her Arts Council supported research around Irish women in myth and history.
Noted for a vocal timbre which dances playfully among the nuances of ‘folk’; Emma Langford’s voice is at once defiant and ethereal; her lyrics insightful, yet loaded with wit and whimsy. Comparisons are often drawn, in style and sound, to artists such as Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones and Janis Ian.
The Irish Times described her debut album Quiet Giant as ‘music that weaves a spell as you listen to it… An enduring piece of work’ and Phil Coulter has described Emma as “A breath of fresh air”. Langford has hit her stride and shows no signs of slowing down, with her album Sowing Acorns receiving huge international praise, and glowing reviews from Irish radio and print media alike. Emma Langford’s light has been shining for a long time, and the world is taking notice.
Roscommon Arts Centre are delighted to welcome her to their stage. Tickets for Emma Langford are €15 and are on sale now
from box office on 090-6625824 and from roscommonartscentre.ie