Nominated for ‘Best Group’, ‘Best Album’ & ‘Horizon Award’ at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016.
Named after the child-murdering villain from the classic ballad, Lankum are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material.
Having spent the last number of years performing as ‘Lynched’, the band decided that they would no longer continue with the name due to the unavoidable implications that it has in regards to acts of racist violence. Their new name comes from the ballad ‘False Lankum’, as sung by the Irish Traveller John Reilly Jr.
The band was originally formed as an experimental-psychedelic-folk-punk-duo by brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch in the early 2000’s, and has since progressed through a number of incarnations, culminating in the four-piece group playing today. The band members are Ian and Daragh Lynch along with Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat. The release of their album ‘Cold Old Fire’ and a subsequent appearance on the BBC television programme, ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ cemented their reputation as a band that successfully crosses genres. Lankum are busy breathing new life into old music.
Although an acoustic group whose repertoire is fundamentally based on traditional song, influenced by legends such as Frank Harte, Planxty and The Dubliners and the Watersons, subtle traces of the group’s collective influences can be detected, from American old-timey music, krautrock, ambient techno and psychedelic folk, to black metal, punk and rock n’ roll.
“As punks they wanted to smash the tradition. Now Lankum are the darlings of Dublin’s 300 year-old folk scene.” The Guardian.
‘The most convincing band to come out of Ireland for years!’ 5 stars, The Guardian
‘Anarchic, yet connected, rootsy and gutsy… I love their music, it is just so damn good!’ Mike Harding
‘Cold Old Fire is a sure contender for any Irish album of the year lists.’ Songlines
‘Lynched is the CRASS patch on Paul Brady’s shiny pants.’ Kithfolk
‘A passionate, utterly engrossing album.’fRoots
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