LANKUM (LYNCHED)

Described as “the most convincing band to come out of Ireland for years” by The Guardian and ‘anarchic, yet connected, rootsy and gutsy… I love their music, it is just so damn good!’ by Mike Harding, Lankum (Lynched) are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, comprising the talents of Ian Lynch (uilleann pipes, vocals), Daragh Lynch (guitar, vocals), Cormac Mac Diarmada (fiddle, vocals) and Radie Peat (concertina, accordion, vocals). Together they combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with impressively varied and accomplished arrangements spanning 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. As punk in attitude as they are traditional in sound, the foursome released Cold Old Fire, their debut album, in 2013. The Living Tradition called it “an initial aural assault that makes you sit up and take notice” and fRoots described it as “a passionate, utterly engrossing album”. No Depression said it “seamlessly weaves together a punk energy, slow boil neo-folk darkness, and plenty of real old-time Dublin street grit into one beautiful whole.” Since Cold Old Fire’s release, they have completed six coast-to-coast tours of the US, been nominated for Best Group, Best Album and the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and this year will see the release of their long anticipated follow up album.