We are delighted to announce we have signed Irish band Lankum to the Beggars Music roster.
Lankum are one of the most talked about bands to come out of Ireland in decades. They are a Dublin four-piece who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, 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. The band comprises of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch along with Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat. When not on tour Ian lectures in Irish Folklore and musical traditions in University College Dublin, while Cormac and Radie grew up as champion traditional players, on the fiddle and concertina, respectively. Yet Lankum are not purely trad themselves, in the same way The Pogues were more urban music. Rough-hewn and raw, they’re the edgiest thing in Dublin right now. Lankum were recipients of the highest contemporary music award in Ireland, The Choice Music Prize, for their album The Livelong Day.
Press Reaction to new album ’The Livelong Day’ – Quotes:
“Their most extreme statement yet. Rough Trade’s most startling release of the autumn” Mojo 5/5
“A fierce and fragile masterpiece” The Irish Times, 5/5
“A thorough exploration and devastation of folk’s most conventional tropes is Lankum’s impressive game” The Guardian 5/5
“Things are heavier and more apocalyptic-sounding than ever… Spellbinding” Billboard
“Artists such as Portishead and Brian Eno come to mind. An album of the year for me” Bob Boilen – NPR (USA)