Watching Emma Langford grow and develop as a singer and songwriter has been a privilege for all associated with Dolans, so it was an honour for us to host her album launch with her debut performance in the Warehouse.
Always a lady who promotes fellow musical talent where ever she goes Emma has put together a wonderful bill of fare, with Galway trio The Bluebirds providing a tasty starter to the night’s proceedings. Singing a-cappella (bar a single tune with ukelele) their sublime harmonies & beautiful vocals are a real treat and serve to remind you how mesmerising the human voice can truly be.
Next up is Trevor Sexton from Newcastle West who’s powerful delivery is reminiscent of Declan O’Rourke but with his own unique Limerick twist. As with any man and guitar act what he does between songs is almost as important as the tunes themselves and he holds the crowd’s attention with ease. His musical material is equally strong and played with with a focused passion, particularly ‘Fairytale’ which is greeted with rapturous applause.
Then it is time for the lady of the hour, immediately you can tell this performance is going be a notch above her previous (fine) appearances in Dolans - the band enter first, with Emma following with the air of a veteran performer before launching into the heavenly ‘All You Want’.
For almost eighty minutes we are treated to an artist at the top of her game accompanied by a band who know the importance of the night and rise to the occasion. An early standout is ‘The Seduction of Eve’ with a stunning intro featuring a snapshot from ‘Funny Valentine’ which is dedicated to Emma’s parents.
As you would expect, the entirety of the album is played, along with a few older tracks and a selection from her self-titled EP, each brought to even greater heights in the live arena. Highlights include ‘Bear this Child’ and ‘6 Foot 4’ , whilst her mouth-trumpeting on ‘Goodbye Hawaii’ as ever draws impressed gasps from the audience.
Following the briefest of breaks our songstress returns with the band and The Bluebirds in tow to deliver a glorious version of ‘Tug O’ War’ (a landmark song in the her career), and it’s followed by a passionate & energetic performance of ‘Closed Book’, the latest single from the album.
The night is brought to a close with a typically humorous song choice by Langford as all the singers from the night, band and audience join her for the fun-filled ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ which leaves everyone with a smile on their faces, on a night that is a wonderful showcase for Irish musical talent.
‘Quiet Giant’ is available via bandcamp and is on sale in all good record stores.