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12 January 2019 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Barre Opera House
BBC 2 Folk Awards 2018: Best Folk Group and Best Track
RTE Folk Awards 2018: Best Folk Group and Best Singer
Lankum are a four-piece group from Dublin, the type of band you never knew you were searching for. A group of individuals united by a gang mentality whose close vocal harmonies, instrumental interplay and dramatic storytelling pin you to the seat and revive the spirit. They show that folk music can be angry, progressive and is still a vital force today.
“An object lesson in how to perform old songs in new ways” – The Independent (UK)
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, squat 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 most convincing folk band to come out of Ireland in years” – The Guardian