Emma Langford and friends bring the Birdsong Tour to Nenagh Arts Centre

Following the release of her acclaimed second album ‘Sowing Acorns’ in 2020, Emma Langford makes her highly anticipated return to live stages when she brings her Birdsong Tour to Nenagh Arts Centre on Saturday 23rd July at 8pm.

Limerick’s Emma Langford released her first album, “Quiet Giant”, in November 2017. The album saw her awarded Best Emerging Artist at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, and nominated for Folk Artist of the Year at the Irish Post Awards. The album release coincided with a tour of Germany and Switzerland, and a run of hugely successful sold out shows in Ireland and the UK. The success of her debut prompted the independent artist to begin work on her next project.

Emma’s second album Sowing Acorns was released in September 2020, receiving a Grammy nod in the longlist for Album of the Year in 2021, and huge critical acclaim across Ireland, the UK and Germany:

“Emma Langford has delivered a mature, assured and eminently listenable album, frothing with melodic charm and lyrical intrigue.” – Folk Radio UK

“Langford moves through the pages of history stopping at the heart-felt meadow, the cosmopolitan champagne bar, and wind-swept beaches like a bee collecting the nectar of music.” – Folk Phenomena (UK)

“Emma Langford has produced a collection and variety of songs that exhibit her polished songcraft which continues to develop with superb results.” – Golden Plec (IE)

“What a brilliant unaccompanied singer she is… Beautiful as a dream” – FolkWorld (DE)

“As gentle and harmonious as it is in sound and mood, this second album is strong and bold in sentiment” – Journal of Music (IE)

“an impressive, eclectic offering… arresting and defiant” – Irish Independent

“compelling, charming and totally assertive” – The Irish Times

Music lovers will be no stranger to Langford’s epic acapella folk anthem Birdsong, her gentle lament The Winding Way Down to Kells Bay, and soulful ballad Mariana, all of which received regular airtime on national TV and radio throughout the pandemic. On the 23rd of July at Nenagh Arts Centre, you can expect to hear all these songs that got you through those lonely housebound days and lots more besides from Emma and friends.

Storytelling sits at the heart of everything Emma Langford does; interweaving her live performances, and shining through her recorded works. Hers is an inimitable, dreamy voice in the new wave of Irish folk.

Langford was awarded the RTÉ Folk Award for Best Emerging Artist in 2018, and in 2020 and 2021 was nominated for Best Folk Singer. She received the Music Network RESONATE residency, and Arts Council Agility Award in 2021 to support her continuing musical exploration of women in Irish history. Since 2017 Emma has written and independently released two highly acclaimed albums, Quiet Giant & Sowing Acorns, laying the groundwork for a bright, busy future. As part of an international tour, 2019 saw Langford make her US debut at the world’s largest celebration of Irish music, Milwaukee Irish Fest.

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. The artist quietly climbed the charts across iTunes and Irish radio with her epic acapella 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. She was also featured in the leading role of Aedan Cara on musical theatre concept album, ‘Colours’ released online in April 2021.

2022 will see her collaborate on a project surrounding the legendary Gráinne Mhaol, Pirate Queen, with award-winning Irish conductor and composer Eimear Noone; and continue her Arts Council supported research around Irish women in myth and history.

Tickets for Emma Langford & Friends ‘The Birdsong Tour’ are available online at www.nenagharts.com or at the Nenagh Arts Centre box office on 067 34400

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