On the 6th November 2021, Emma Langford was joined by cellist Alec Brown and pianist Hannah Nic Gearailt for a very special premiere of new works created at the Ionad Cultúrtha in Baile Mhúirne for RESONATE: Music Network Artist Residencies.
Saint Abbey's Day
Gobnait's Well | Gobnait's March
Sólás Ón nDólás
Tomhas Ghobnatan | Gobnait's Measure
An Súlán | Crónán Na mBeach | Crónán Na mBeach Jig
Over the course of 10 immersive on-site days, the trio explored the local history and mythology of Gaeltacht Mhúscraí focusing on Baile Mhúirne's beloved goddess and saint Gobnait, and the curse of the "cold, long and masculine" River Sullane that runs through the town. These works, a celebration of local history and folklore, are a fusion of past and present styles of music and music-making, incorporating the Irish language. This new music was created as part of the RESONATE residency by Music Network in conjunction with the Ionad Cultúrtha with support from The Arts Council of Ireland.
RESONATE: Music Network Artist Residencies presented in partnership with glór (Ennis), Ionad Cultúrtha (Baile Mhúirne), The National Opera House (Wexford), Triskel Arts Centre (Cork City), The Dock (Carrick-on-Shannon) and Regional Cultural Centre (Letterkenny).
Emma Langford is an award-winning songwriter and performer, whose work fuses traditional Irish music with folk and jazz styles. She creates music that is a celebration of Ireland's tradition of storytelling. She has received the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Award for Best Emerging Artist in 2018, and in 2020 was shortlisted in the category of Best Folk Singer.
She has written and independently released two highly acclaimed full-band records, Quiet Giant (2017) and Sowing Acorns (2020). While touring has ground to a halt in the past year, she has charted more than once across iTunes and Irish radio with her epic track Birdsong, collaborated with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, joined the hugely successful Irish Women In Harmony line-up, and lent her voice to the lead role of Aedan Cara, the "last princess of Ireland" on musical-theatre concept album, Colours, which was released in April.