Lucia & Maria
Violin virtuose duo Maria Ryan and Lucia MacPartlin
will be joined by award-winning folk singer-songwriter
Emma Langford on their tour of Ireland this December
for the launch of their debut album, "Lucia and
Maria Live at the Chapel".
The album was recorded at Griffith College Chapel in
Cork as part of the Quiet Lights Festival.
Lucia and Maria met while studying in Cork, where they
also formed string-quartet Strung. In their compositions
and arrangements they combine their traditional, classical
and folk influences to stunning effect. The duo completed
their Masters' at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden
last year, before returning home to Ireland to record
their debut album. Lucia and Maria have embarked on
a brand new collaboration with award-winning folk singer-songwriter
Emma Langford for the month of December.
With songs that dance playfully in that liminal space
between folk, jazz and traditional Irish nuance, Emma
Langford is described by Ireland's song-writing legend
Phil Coulter as "a breath of fresh air". Her
songwriting has drawn comparisons to the likes of Joni
Mitchell, Nick Drake and Joan Baez; her presence and
timbre however are truly unique and best experienced
Her debut album Quiet Giant, produced by Grammy-nominated
team The Production Suite, was released at the end of
2017. The Irish Times described Quiet Giant as 'music
that weaves a spell as you listen to it... An enduring
piece of work'.
In October 2018 Emma Langford won the RTÉ Radio
1 Folk Award for Best Emerging Artist.
Closed Book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YQu8QVPoBs
The Seduction of Eve (Allingham Song Contest finalist,
Richard Harris Film Festival Midwest Short Film finalist):
Lucia and Maria