A Double Bill line up of Emma Langford & Sara Ryan
Emma Langford is a folk guitarist and singer-songwriter from Limerick. Her distinctive vocal style blends Irish lilt with folk and jazz, while her guitar work delicately complements an intuitive sense of melody; Langford has woven a sound which Phil Coulter describes as “a breath of fresh air”.
The artist’s wry and insightful penmanship combined with a cheerful stage-demeanour prove a winning combination, creating an engaging live presence. She has shared a stage with internationally recognised artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Eddi Reader, Declan O’Rourke, Roisín O and Hermitage Green, to name but a few.
In 2016 Emma successfully crowd-funded and launched her debut EP which was toured at sold-out dates across the country. The record received airtime on 2fm, RTÉ Radio1, LyricFM, and Newstalk. She recently completed a hugely successful month-long tour of Germany and Switzerland with the Irish Folk Festival, receiving rave reviews and breaking records for CD sales. Her debut album “Quiet Giant” described by Today Fm’s Ed Smith as “absolutely stunning” was released in October along with a music video accompanying the album's single, Closed Book.
Langford was named "Best Solo Female Artist" for 2017 by Pure M Magazine, and was listed as Hot Press Magazine's one-to-watch in the summer of 2016.
“A breath of fresh air… Very easy on the ear.”
- Phil Coulter
"music that weaves a spell as you listen to it... [An] enduring piece of work."
- the Irish Times
"So personal the lyrics, so bewitching sounds her soft voice, expressing at the same time joy and sorrow..."
- Algemeine Zeitung, German Press
"...a songwriter of great depth and personal soul searching and a voice to match."
- RTÉ Lyric FM
Sara Ryan is a vocalist, songwriter and performer originally from Kildare now based in Cork City, who writes mainly in folk, blues and soul.
Sara's sound is made up of lyrics that tell raw and real stories, melodies that weave through emotion, vocal tone and style that resembles an angelic wind instrument.
Sara brings an incomparably unique tone to the vibrant and ever growing music scene of Cork City. She has become familiar to audiences within Cork City, and national venues also. In recent years Sara has performed in various venues such as The Cavern Club, Liverpool; Whelan's, Dublin; The White Horse Sessions in Kennys of Lahinch; Coughlans, Cork; and The White Horse, Ballincollig; and many other venues in Cork City and County. She has also held prestigious support slots for Ye Vagabonds in Coughlans, Mick Flannery in Portlaoise, Martin Harley in Coughlans, John Spillane in The Old Punch Bowl, Dublin, Wally Page, Luka Bloom and Cry Monster Cry.
Last year Sara released her Debut Single, "Belle" which won "Best New Comer" and "Best New Single" with the Sin E Radio Show on Dublin City FM, She was listed as a woman who has made a contribution to Cork's musical history on Hot Press Magazine.
This year, Sara Ryan won "Artist of the Year" with the Irish Folk Music Awards. She is currently in studio recording her third single and will release her debut EP in January 2018.