‘Beneath The Earth And Sky’ – Lankum – CMR’s Album of the Week 18 Nov 2018
Band Members/ guest on album :-
Radie Peat: vocals, concertinas, harmonium, bayan, piano, harp
Ian Lynch: vocals, uilleann pipes, English concertina
Daragh Lynch: vocals, guitar
Daire Garvin: snare drum
John Flynn: fife, slide whistle
Alex Borwick: trombone, banjo
Lugh Dias Santiago Ó Loinsigh: percussion
‘Named after the the child-murdering villain from the classic ballad, Lankum are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian 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’.
This is the bands second album ‘Beneath The Earth And Sky’
The band was originally formed as an experimental-psychedelic-folk-punk-duo by brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch in the early 2,000’s, and has since progressed through a number of incarnations, culminating in the four piece group playing today (along with Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat who joined in 2012). They have gained somewhat of a reputation after the release of their album ‘Cold Old Fire’ (Under their former name of Lynched ) and an appearance on Later… with Jools Holland as well as three nominations at the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Toured extensively throughout Europe at major festivals including Celtic Connections and Tonder Festival in Denmark>
They will again be appearing at Celtic Connections on 20 Jan 2018 at the Oran Mor
- Will We Do When We Have No Money?
- Sergeant William Bailey
- Peat Bog Soldiers
- The Townie Polka
- Bad Luck to the Rolling Water
- Déanta in Éireann
- The Granite Gaze
- The Turkish Reveille
- Willow Garden
About the Album tracs
1.What Will We Do When We Have No Money?
We first heard this song from the great Dublin singer Barry Gleeson, who included it on his debut CD, Path across the Ocean (TERR CD001). Although many people have recorded it, all sources lead back to one Mary Delaney. Mary was an Irish Traveller recorded in London in 1973 by collectors Jim Carroll and Pat Mackenzie, who speculated that it was a remake of the song ‘What Would You Do If You Married a Soldier’ to which it bears more than a passing resemblance. Mary can be heard singing this song, along with many others on the double CD From Puck to Appleby (MTCD325-6).
2.Sergeant William Bailey
We first heard ‘Sergeant William Bailey’ from the legendary Dublin singer Luke Cheevers who also composed the second verse. He can be heard singing this song on his debut CD, It’s just me Sagging Shelf (Cheevers001). The song was originally written by Peadar Kearney, who is perhaps best known for writing ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ (‘The Soldier’s Song’), the Irish National Anthem. Dunphy’s corner, now called Doyle’s corner, is at the Phibsboro crossroads, close to where we live in Dublin 7.
- Peat Bog Soldiers
Johann Esser and Wolfgang Langhoff, composed ‘Peat Bog Soldiers’ in Germany, in 1933, while prisoners in the concentration camp in Börgermoor. Along with the other left-wing inmates they were not only forbidden from singing their own political songs, but were also forced to sing nationalist and pro-Nazi songs. Living under such conditions they ended up composing their own, and the result – ‘Peat Bog Soldiers’ – became one of the first songs to be written in a Nazi concentration camp. It has since become something of an anti-fascist anthem, and has been translated from the original German into many different languages.
4.The Townie Polka
Cormac got this tune from Donegal-based fiddler Mick Brown, who learned it from the melodeon player Eddie O’Gara, of Mín na bhFachrán, Glencolmcille, who in turn learned it from the playing of a travelling musician called Jimmy Irwin. A version of ‘The White Cockade’, the tune was believed to have had an otherworldly connection, with local youths claiming to have heard the ghost of Jimmy playing the tune in his own distinctive style as they walked the country roads late at night.
- Bad Luck to the Rolling Water
Love and loss in Dublin city. Dedicated to the Viscountess Micey de Scraps. One thousand times adieu. X
6 Déanta in Éireann
Ian sat down one day to write a modern-day emigration ballad, and before he knew it this is what came out.
7.The Granite Gaze
Dedicated to all of the women and children of Ireland, past and present.
8.The Turkish Reveille
We first heard this song from a good friend of ours from North Carolina, Andy the Doorbum. It is a version of the ballad ‘The Sweet Trinity’, which Francis J. Child included in his English and Scottish Ballads (number 286). Interestingly his ‘A’ version of the ballad came from a 17th century printed broadsheet: it’s nice to see that Professor Child did dive into the ‘dunghill’ to grub around every once in a while. Although it is not often heard in Ireland, we did manage to come across a version contained in the National Folklore Collection and recorded in Co. Kerry in 1938, in which the two ships are called ‘The Golden Yellow Tree’ and ‘The Jenny from Tralee’. There would appear to be almost as many different names for the two ships as there are versions of the song, with the ‘Turkey Rogher-Lee’ winning the prize for the strangest.
Although ‘Down in the Willow Garden’, or ‘Rose Connolly’ as it is more commonly known, almost definitely originated in Ireland, it seems that it largely disappeared from the Irish tradition. Identified by folksong scholar D.K Wilgus as being of the ‘murdered sweetheart’ type of folk song, the collector Edward Bunting recorded it in Coleraine, Co. Derry in 1811, unfortunately neglecting to note down more than a few lines of the words. Luckily the song survived in the Appalachian region of USA. In keeping with this cross-Atlantic fertilisation, we learnt the last verse from Matt Kinman in Sylva, North Carolina, which Matt told us he got from an old-timer up in the mountains of Kentucky.
All tracks trad. arr. Lankum except for Bad Luck to the Rolling Water (comp. Lankum), Déanta in Éireann (comp. Lankum) and The Granite Gaze (comp. Lankum).
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