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Lankum are a contemporary Irish folk music group from Dublin, consisting of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch, Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat. Their music has been characterised as "a younger, darker Pogues with more astonishing power".[1] Reviewing their third album The Livelong Day (2019) for The Guardian, Jude Rogers described it as "a folk album influenced by the ambient textures of Sunn O))) and Swans, plus the sonic intensity of Xylouris White and My Bloody Valentine".[2] In 2018 they were named Best Folk Group at the RTÉ Folk Music Awards, while Radie Peat was named Best Folk Singer.[3]

The group were originally known as Lynched, after the brothers' surname, and released their début album Cold Old Fire (2014) under that name. In October 2016 they announced in a statement that they were changing their name to Lankum to avoid associations with the practice of lynching. The statement read: "We will not continue to work under our current name while the systemic persecution and murder of Black people in the USA continues."[4] The name Lankum comes from the folk ballad "False Lankum", as sung by the Irish traveller and folk singer John Reilly.[4]


  • Ian Lynch — vocals, Uilleann pipes, concertina, tin whistle, percussion
  • Daragh Lynch — vocals, guitar, percussion, piano
  • Cormac MacDiarmada — vocals, fiddle, viola, banjo, double bass, vibraphone, piano, percussion
  • Radie Peat — vocals, bayan, concertina, harmonium, organ, piano, electric organ, harp, mellotron


  • Cold Old Fire (2014) – as Lynched
  • Between the Earth and Sky (2017)[5]
  • The Livelong Day (2019)


  1. ^ Rogers, Jude (18 October 2018). "Lankum review – dark, raucous poetry from Irish folk miscreants". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  2. ^ Rogers, Jude (18 October 2019). "Lankum: The Livelong Day review – the Irish folk songbook uprooted". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Radie Peat, Lankum, Emma Langford, We Banjo 3 Among Winners at RTÉ Folk Awards". The Journal of Music. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  4. ^ a b "We have changed our name". Lynched official website. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  5. ^ Rogers, Jude (27 October 2017). "Lankum: Between the Earth and Sky review – brilliant, raw, detonating folk". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 October 2019.

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