Album of the Week – Lankum – The Livelong Day -21st Dec 2019
Ian and Daragh Lynch, Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat
Made up of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch, Cormac MacDiarmada
and Radie Peat, Lankum have gained worldwide acclaim fortheir first two albums
and captivating, often euphoric live performances and The Livelong Day in 2019
Lankum honour the sacredness of traditional Irish tunes, but allow them to metamorphose, to grow and breathe like the heavy, ancient breath of the Uilleann pipes which seethe beneath the tracks of their third studio album (and second with Rough Trade). “Drone is a big part of traditional music because the Uilleann pipes are indigenous to Ireland, so we’re ramping up that history and taking it as far as we can.”
They changed their name from Lynched to Lankum in 2016 – the name Lankum comes from the folk ballad “False Lankum”, as sung by the Irish traveller and folk singer John Reilly.
‘Lankum are the type of band you never knew you where 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.
This is the idea found at the core of the universe created in The Livelong Day; expanding and emboldening that which is already playing out in history. Alongside the traditional songs on the record, there are two originals, the haunting ‘Young People’ and the tragic beauty of ‘Hunting The Wren’.
1.The Wild Rover
2.The Young People
3.Ode To Lullaby
6.The Dark Eyed Gypsy
7.The Pride Of Petravore
8.Hunting The Wren
2014 Cold Old Fire (as Lunched)
2017 Between the Earth & Sky
2019 The Livelong Day