Exciting Dublin outfit Lankum give fresh twist to Irish music

Dublin folk quartet Lankum.
Dublin folk quartet Lankum.

The incredible Lankum, formerly Lynched, come to the Róisín Dubh this Sunday, March 11.

The Dublin quartet released their second album, Between the Earth and the Sky, to much acclaim last year. It has been nominated for the Choice Music Prize, to be announced this week, and would be a more-than-deserving winner.

Lankum stay close to the roots of Irish music, but make it feel contemporary. This is done subtly, with no electronics or studio trickery, making them one of the most vital Irish bands to emerge in recent years.

They are brothers Ian and Darragh Lynch, Radie Peat and Cormac MacDiarmada.

Lankum started out as Lynched, based on Darragh and Ian’s family name. But in 2016 they dropped that title, due to the racist connotations of the term in the USA.

Under that name, they released an excellent debut and made a winning appearance on Later . . .with Jools Holland. They also took part in The Galway Sessions, raising the roof in the Róisín and playing an immaculate set.

Lankum continue to play lesser-known songs from the Irish folk canon and also write their own tunes, with Cold Old Fire being a great example of this. The band penned the tune with songwriter Cian Lawless, who emigrated during the recession and it’s imbued with the fire, fury and pride that runs through all their music.

Tickets €20/€18 members.