Lankum + support from Junior Brother

Lankum + support from Junior Brother

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 8.00pm

The Dublin based four-piece present a new live show ahead of their much-anticipated 3rd album which will be released on Rough Trade late Autumn.

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) breath new life into ancient/modern rituals with urban punk fervour, rural psycho-geography and, underpinning it all, the eternal drone of the uilleann pipes.


Lankum - The Wild Rover (Official Video)


Shannon McNamee

Why I gave the above rating: 

I hadn't seen Lankum in concert in about 2 years before this gig in the Roisin, so it was really brilliant to see how their performance has developed in that time. They played songs from all three of their albums, with their most recent record, The Livelong Day, released just a few days after. Their version of 'The Wild Rover' was, in particular, a standout moment as it's a recognisable folk song that Lankum totally transformed into their own version of the song, in a minor key, slow tempo and Radie Peat's haunting vocals. The crowd errupted and sang along to many of the tunes on the night, but the energy in the room was at its highest when the four piece sang 'The Rocky Road to Dublin'.

Support from Junior Brother was a welcome start to the night and as always, an endearing performance.

Oct 29, 2019

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