The Emma Langford Trio

The Emma Langford Trio

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 8.00pm

Since first bursting onto the scene in 2016 with a crowd-funded self-titled EP, she’s hardly taken her foot off the pedal, with an eye-watering ever-growing tour schedule and frequent collaborations up her sleeve. Arguably one of the finest songwriters and vocalists to emerge from Ireland in recent years, Emma Langford earned the title of Best Emerging Artist at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards in 2018. Never one to rest on laurels, she has risen to that mantle and delivered consistently since. 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.

Her sophomore album has been described by the Irish Times' Tony Clayton-Lea as "compelling, charming and totally assertive", and has seen her deservedly gain a steady flood of new converts. While her 2017 release Quiet Giant could be said to be a coming-of-age record, Sowing Acorns is very much a declaration of who Emma Langford is and intends to be, the woman and the artist.

The songs on this album pivot on an axis of female strength and empowerment, but never shy away from vulnerability; she openly delves into personal encounters with grief, ambition, and broken relationships, while touching on other loose themes along the way. Regardless of whether the song drifts toward a folk or a pop sensibility, the common denominator throughout is Emma’s vocal range and tone, combined with strikingly observational and incisive lyrics.

"Sowing Acorns sees her stand firmly on the ground with a look on her face that suffers no fools... Levels and shades of emotional liability form the spine of the album." – 4 Stars, The Irish Times

“I absolutely love her music, and the way she thinks… She’s someone I hope to work with myself one day… I wish I’d discovered Emma Langford sooner; now I have all this catching up to do!” – Janis Ian

Pandemic restrictions have forced the cancellation of shows and tours at home and in Germany, the UK and beyond; disappointed but undeterred, she has bounced back, and at long last brings this dazzling new collection of 13 warm and reflective songs to Sligo.

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