Limerick’s Emma Langford a winner at first ever RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards

Emma Langford won best emerging folk artist at the awards in Vicar Street this Thursday night

Emma Langford won best emerging folk artist at the awards in Vicar Street this Thursday night

LIMERICK musician Emma Langford has won an award at the first ever RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards.

Emma won best emerging folk artist at the awards on Thursday night, held at a sold out Vicar Street in Dublin and broadcast live on RTÉ Radio 1.

Maria Doyle Kennedy presented the award to Caherdavin woman Emma, a Limerick Person of the Month winner earlier this year, who has received widespread critical-acclaim for her debut album Quiet Giant.

Folk legend Andy Irvine was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award and was hailed by Ed Sheeran in a video as “a strong defining pillar of folk music in the world... he’s influenced me and countless musicians around the world and it couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke”.

Tom Munnelly and John Reilly were inducted into the Hall of Fame, while Lankum and Radie Peat took home Best Folk Group and Best Folk Singer, Martin Hayes won the Best Folk Instrumentalist category and  Declan O’Rourke was awarded the Best Original Folk Track for Along the Western Seaboard.

Listeners to RTÉ Radio 1 voted for Best Folk Album which saw We Banjo 3’s Haven win the category.

Speaking on the night, Group Head of RTÉ Arts and Culture Ann Marie Power said: “The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2018 is a celebration of the contemporary folk scene in Ireland which encompasses new music, fresh versions of much loved songs and an appreciation of the contribution folk music has made to this country.

“This evening we salute the great folk musicians who are held in global acclaim for their work and artistry. A huge congratulations to all the nominees and to those who have won here tonight and we hope that everyone enjoyed the performances.”