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Emma Langford

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Emma Langford
Born (1989-11-03) 3 November 1989 (age 34)
Limerick, Ireland
Known forFolk music

Emma Langford is an Irish singer-songwriter from Caherdavin, a northern suburb of Limerick City. She is best known for singing folk music.[1]

She released her debut album, Quiet Giant, in 2017[2] – for which she received the Best Emerging Artist award at the inaugural RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards.[3][4] In 2019 she embarked on an international tour, making her US debut at the Milwaukee Irish Fests.[5]

In 2019, she became the first ever recipient of the Dolores O'Riordan Bursary – an award created in memory of the late singer from Limerick to promote creative arts projects in the city.[6]

Langford released her second album, Sowing Acorns, in 2020.[7] All of the proceeds from the first single from this album, ‘Mariana’ were donated to Safe Ireland, a charity focused on protecting women and children from domestic violence.[8] Langford collaborated with Belfast poet and actor Vanessa Ifediora on her single Sowing Acorns.[9]

She has been nominated for Best Folk Singer at the RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards 2020.[10][11]

Langford also curates the Limerick Lady Festival, an initiative which aims to promote female musicians to tackle the issue of gender imbalance in the music industry.[12] The Festival has also inspired a podcast called The Limerick Lady Podcast, which Langford presents alongside Ann Blake, where they discuss issues around gender, art and representation.[13][14]

She holds a BA in voice and dance from the University of Limerick, and has also completed an MA at the same institution.[15][16]

In October 2021, it was announced that Langford has been included on the longlist for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in two categories; Album of the Year and Song of the Year.[17][18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Emma Langford Best Emerging Artist Won
2020 Emma Langford Best Folk Singer Nominated

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2021 Emma Langford, Sowing Acorns Album of the Year Longlisted
2020 Emma Langford, Birdsong Song of the Year Longlisted

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Irish Women in Harmony for Safe Ireland: Emma Langford talks life in Limerick, Dolores O'Riordan". www.hotepress.com. Hot Press. 26 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Emma Langford review: A Limerick original with talent to burn". www.irishtimes.com. Irish Times. 13 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Limerick's Emma Langford a winner at first ever RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards". www.limerickleader.ie. Limerick Leader. 26 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Live report: Emma Langford on the Hot Press Lockdown Sessions Y&E Series". www.hotpress.com. Hot Press. 16 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Rhythm Nation: Emma Langford". www.businesspost.ie. Business Post. 1 November 2020.
  6. ^ "'Lost for words': Limerick artist Emma Langford awarded Dolores O'Riordan bursary". www.limerickleader.com. Limerick Leader. 26 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Emma Langford: Sowing Acorns review – Limerick folk singer growing in stature". www.irishtimes.com. Irish Times. 18 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Question of Taste: Singer-songwriter Emma Langford". www.irishexaminer.com. Irish Examiner. 27 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Emma Langford Collaborates with Belfast Poet on New Single "Sowing Acorns"". 4 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a Live Show!!! this Saturday". www.limerickpost.ie. Limerick Post. 13 November 2020.
  11. ^ "RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards 2020 nominations announced". www.rte.ie. RTE. 12 November 2020.
  12. ^ "Why aren't more women on Irish festival lineups?". www.dailyedge.ie. Daily Edge. 10 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Songwriter hosts virtual sing-songs every week in aid of a different cause". www.echolive.ie. Echo Live. 22 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Listen: Limerick Lady Podcast #23 Eimer Noone: What's a Conductrix?". www.limerickleader.ie. Limerick Leader. 15 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Emma Langford; A musical journey". www.ul.ie. University of Limerick. 27 May 2020.
  16. ^ "How a Limerick singer went from playing guitar to procrastinate to a new album and a tour of Germany". www.thejournal.ie. The Journal. 22 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Limerick artist Emma Langford makes Grammys longlist". www.limerickleader.ie. Limerick Leader. 30 October 2021.
  18. ^ "Emma Langford has been longlisted for two Grammy Awards". www.ilovelimerick.ie. I Love Limerick. 29 October 2021.