The Dublin based four-piece Lankum have an alchemical ability to combine traditional folk roots with contemporary undercurrents to forge music that is dark, mysterious and transcendental. Comprising brothers Ian Lynch (uillean pipes, tin whistle, vocals), Daragh Lynch (vocals, guitar) alongside Cormac Mac Diarmada (fiddle) and Radie Peat (harmonium, accordion, vocals), Lankum channel a diverse set of influences and histories to create a beautifully rare thing: a songbook from and for the people.
Born of years criss-crossing Dublin’s folk and experimental scenes, their two albums “Cold Old Fire” (2013, recorded under former name Lynched) and Rough Trade debut “Between The Earth and Sky” (2017) breathe new life into ancient/modern rituals with urban punk fervour, rural psycho-geography and, underpinning it all, the eternal drone of the uilleann pipes. The Guardian wrote about the band: ‘The most convincing folk band to come out of Ireland in years’
Their latest album “The Livelong Day” was widely hailed as a masterpiece and an album that placed the band on several lists of the best releases in 2019. In 2019 they also gave a mesmerizing performance at a packed Alice, and we’re delighted to welcome them back in September.