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Liverpool Irish Festival

Lankum

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Lankum are one of the most talked about bands to come out of Ireland in decades.

They’re a Dublin four-piece 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.

The band comprises of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch, along with Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat. When they’re not on tour, Ian lectures in Irish Folklore and musical traditions in University College Dublin, while Cormac and Radie grew up as champion traditional players, on the fiddle and concertina, respectively. Yet Lankum are not purely traditional themselves, in the same way The Pogues were more urban music. The release of their album Cold Old Fire and a subsequent appearance on Later... with Jools Holland cemented their reputation as a band that successfully crosses genres.

Although an acoustic group whose repertoire is fundamentally based on traditional song, influenced by legends such as Frank Harte, Planxty, The Dubliners and the Watersons, subtle traces of the group’s collective influences can be detected, ranging from American old-timey music to krautrock and drone. Lankum are busy breathing new life into old music.

There is folk that wants to whisper in your ear, and then there is the music of Lankum: urgent, desperate and detonating, full of lyrics and sounds smacking together like waves shattering stones in a storm.
The Guardian *****

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