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Lankum - The Livelong Day

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Lankum are a contemporary Irish folk music group from Dublin, consisting of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch, Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat. Their music has been characterised as "a younger, darker Pogues with more astonishing power". Reviewing their third album The Livelong Day (2019) for The Guardian, Jude Rogers described it as "a folk album influenced by the ambient textures of Sunn O))) and Swans, plus the sonic intensity of Xylouris White and My Bloody Valentine". In 2018 they were named Best Folk Group at the RTÉ Folk Music Awards, while Radie Peat was named Best Folk Singer.

The group were originally known as Lynched, after the brothers' surname, and released their début album Cold Old Fire (2014) under that name. In October 2016 they announced in a statement that they were changing their name to Lankum to avoid associations with the practice of lynching. The statement read: "We will not continue to work under our current name while the systemic persecution and murder of Black people in the USA continues." The name Lankum comes from the folk ballad "False Lankum", as sung by the Irish traveller and folk singer John Reilly.

In 2017 the band signed to Rough Trade Records and recorded their album "Between The Earth and Sky" to analogue tape with producer/ engineer Julie McLarnon, released on 27 October 2017 and subsequently nominated for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Mojo (magazine) named it folk 'album of the year' 2017.

In 2019 Lankum’s video for The Young People, directed by filmmaker Bob Gallagher, won Best Irish Music Video Award at The Irish Film Festival London.

Release info

Label: Rough Trade RT0098CD
Format: CD, Promo
Country: US
Released: 2019
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Celtic


1 The Wild Rover
2 The Young People
3 Ode To Lullaby
4 Bear Creak
5 Katie Cruel
6 The Dark Eyed Gypsy
7 The Pride Of Petravore
8 Hunting The Wren

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