Dublin trad/folk band Lynched have had a great few years where they’ve seen their music take them out of Ireland for touring and a big Dublin show in Vicar Street next month.
Perhaps it’s the growing sphere in which the band operate, perhaps it’s a personal decision informed by wider-world issues, or perhaps it’s criticism levelled at them of the name but the band released a statement saying they will change their name from Lynched to Lankum in February saying they can’t continue to use the name “while the systemic persecution and murder of Black people in the USA continues.”
The band are named after member Daragh Lynch.
“We will not continue to work under our current name while the systemic persecution and murder of Black people in the USA continues.
We will complete all gigs booked under our current name until Februaury 2017, after which we will be working under the name Lankum, which comes from the ballad ‘False Lankum’, as sung by Irish Traveller John Reilly Jr.
As always, we will continue to stand in firm solidarity with oppressed, marginalised and displaced people, both here in Ireland and internationally.
Cormac, Daragh, Ian and Radie.”
Radie Peat and Cormac Mac Diarmada of folk band Lynched has a side project with Brian Flanagan called Rue.
Myles O’Reilly (Arbutus Yarns) and Donal Dineen had them set up shop in the Fumbally Stables recently to capture their harmonium-lead performance of ‘Katie Cruel’.
Aideen Macken adds modelling touches to the video.
Rue present an eclectic mix of traditional songs and tunes from both sides of the Atlantic played with immutable conviction on fiddle, five-string banjo, harmonium and concertina. Expect whaling songs and murder ballads underpinned by a wash of harmonic swells and drones and a barn-dance or two thrown in for good measure.
I’ve made an Electric Picnic DJ Mix every year since 2008. It’s always been a blast to make and a highlight of the site for me personally. 2016’s mix features 22 artists on the Electric Picnic lineup over 20 songs in just under 55 minutes.
It’s for bumping for your festival prep for the next week or in the car on the way down to Stradbally. Last year’s mix.
Dublin trad/folk band Lynched have risen to popularity due to their spiked take on traditional ballads, engaging live shows and music which draws from the past but speaks in the present.
As a nod to that rise, Lynched will play their biggest show yet at Vicar Street on Saturday November 26th. Tickets are on sale this morning priced €20 + fees from www.ticketmaster.ie & outlets nationwide.
We look for signs that Dublin’s heart’s still beating,
That concrete and glass and peelers and mass, they haven’t stopped the people from screaming,
Being trapped by all the cameras you’re inclined to stay at home,
And forget some songs were written to remind you you weren’t born
Lynched sing about realities, often harsh and often, not repeated enough. ‘Cold Old Fire’ feels particularly pertinent in a time where our politicians delay the dealings of a post-crash state in the name of keeping one hand desperately gripped on the slippery chalice of power.
Lynched’s traditional ballads also draw us back to our cultural past, also prominent in this centenary year. They are one of the few acts immersed in our past and communicating in the present.
For this new ‘Cold Old Fire’ video by Luke McManus, we are introduced to a raw Radie Peat singing sean-nós at a funeral, with a song, ‘Caoineadh na dTrí Mhuire’, she learned from her own grandmother, recently deceased. That director’s cut intro gives way to the band in monochrome in the winter snow in the Wicklow mountains. The song feels like a catharsis from pain and a new purpose to those listening.
Sonic Whispers @ Whelans sees three bands (Bitch Falcon, Bunoscionn, Wounded Healer) from three different genres (Rock/Indie, Trad, Electronic) take to the stage for a night of music, Q&A and fun including audience participation, improvisation and collaboration.
TV still has the capacity to surprise musically as it showed famously last year with Future Islands on Letterman. Dublin trad band Lynched aren’t in that category but in their own small way a live appearance for the Planxty-style band was a monumental leap. Little known at home, the “folk miscreants” featured on Later With Jools Holland last night.
Previously, the band were featured on the online TV series The Parlour along with last night’s fellow guests Sleaford Mods as it happens. Was that where the Jools booker saw them? Either way, it’s an indication of the lack of outlets fo the showcasing of live Irish music terrestially (which has improved immensely on air in recent years in a live context, in fairness) that an Irish folk band ended up on UK national TV first. The Parlour’s Barry Lennon argued as much recently in conversation with myself.
Lynched’s debut album was released earlier this year:
The Parlour TV is an independent production filmed in Whelan’s which features live interviews and performances from Irish bands and people in the industry as well as pieces with visiting bands.
With the production’s 12 episodes nearing completion and showing on their website and DCTV (UPC channel 802) on Sundays at 8pm, the team behind it has called for Irish terrestrial television to support Irish music on the box. For the record, current dedicated Irish music slots on TV includes Other Voices, Ceol Ar An Imeall and live slots on The Late Late Show and the Saturday Night Show. Is it enough?
The Parlour TV’s Barry Lennon says “Irish music is nearly non-existent and this is costing jobs and huge cultural opportunities.”
“We had Ian Wilson from RTE radio on our show complaining about the poor support music gets from Irish radio. But television is even worse and the lack of any outlet is hurting the creative and talented musicians based in Ireland.
“One of Irelands best known exports is its music and many Irish musicians’ help promote Ireland by acting as cultural entrepreneurs touring across the world, releasing new music on a host of mediums. Irish music businesses trade across the world on a regular basis, exporting a wide range of products and services. Yet Irish music is virtually silent on terrestrial television with no outlet for up and coming artists.
“More Irish music than ever before is being recorded but there is a lack of television reflecting this, said Danny Carroll, presenter of The Parlour. “License fee payers should know that some of their money is going to support Irish culture and helping showcase some of the unbelievable talent we have in this country.”
The Parlour TV (which is funded by the BAI Sound and Vision fund) is encouraging people to share their favourite Irish music video with the hashtag #televisemusic to highlight the problem. Some tweets so far: