28–29 May 2019

Upset the Rhythm & Cafe OTO present: Lankum – Two-Day Residency

An intimate two night residency for the Irish group Lankum, debuting a new live show, plus special guests.

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, squat 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.

“The most convincing folk band to come out of Ireland in years.” – The Guardian

“An object lesson in how to perform old songs in new ways” – The Independent

“They do mark a turning point in folk… that authentic voice of the streets is back in a big way.” – Mark Radcliffe