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Lankum share new song ‘The New York Trader’; extra Cork & Dublin gigs

Lankum share new song ‘The New York Trader’; extra Cork & Dublin gigs


Lankum have released a new song from their forthcoming album False Lankum, out on March 24th on Rough Trade Records.

After the epic ‘Go Dig My Grave’, and the announcement of a slew of tour dates including new Irish gigs this May in Belfast, Cork and Dublin, Lankum’s second single is ‘The New York Trader’, a song the band said was learned from Ringsend musician Luke Cheevers.

Here’s the etymology of the song according to the band.

“It is one of a group of songs (sometimes referred to as the ‘Jonah Ballads’). The words to the song may be based on an older ballad called ‘The Pirate’ in which the destination was New Barbary rather than ‘Amerikay’.”

“It was printed on broadsides in the UK where it was quite popular in the 19th century, and versions were subsequently collected in Wiltshire, Norfolk and Nova Scotia in the 20th century.”

Watch the video was directed by Michael Speed and Jono Canning at Beggars. It features visuals are based on the work of Gustav Dore, whose illustrations feature on the cover art for False Lankum. 

The band also announced extra Cork and Dublin gigs

24th May – Cork Opera House, CORK, Ireland NEW DATE ADDED
29th May- Vicar St. Dublin, Ireland NEW DATE ADDED

Ticket links via

Lankum new Tour Dates

19th May – Mandela Hall, Belfast
20th May – Cork Opera House, Cork
24th May – Cork Opera House, CORK, Ireland 
29th May- Vicar St. Dublin, Ireland 
30th May – Vicar Street, Dublin
31st May – Vicar Street, Dublin
4th August – All Together Now Festival, Co Waterford

False Lankum

False Lankum was produced by John ‘Spud’ Murphy, and features two original tracks along with 10 trad songs, ‘Netta Perseus’ and ‘The Turn’, both penned by the group’s Daragh Lynch, and the press release says while it draws on traditional folk, the record breaks out of the genre, and is likened to sitting comfortably alongside Rough Trade labelmates black midi and Gilla Band.

The album’s 12 tracks, composed of 10 traditional songs and two originals, show the four-piece using a new palate to colour their sound in an increasingly experimental way, alongside longtime

“We wanted to create more contrast on the record so the light parts would be almost spiritual and the dark parts would be incredibly dark, even horror inducing.

False Lankum tracklisting:

01) Go Dig My Grave
02) Clear Away In the Morning
03) Fugue I
04) Master Crowley’s
05) Newcastle
06) Fugue II
07) Netta Perseus
08) The New York Trader
09) Lord Abore and Mary Flynn
10) Fugue III
11) On a Monday Morning
12) The Turn


All Lankum Tour Dates

25th Apr – Silent Green, Berlin, Germany – sold out
28th Apr – Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, Netherlands– sold out
30th Apr – Le Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
2nd May – Petit Bain, Paris, France
4th May – London, Barbican, London, UK – sold out
10th May – St Lukes, Glasgow, UK – sold out
11th May – Band on the Wall, Manchester, UK – sold out
Fri 12th May – SWX, Bristol, UK
19th May – Mandela Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland*
20th May – Cork Opera House, Cork, Ireland*
24th May – Cork Opera House, CORK, Ireland 
29th May- Vicar St. Dublin, Ireland 

30th May – Vicar St, Dublin, Ireland*
31st May – Vicar St, Dublin, Ireland*
28th Jun – Pop Messe, Brno, Czech Republic
4th Aug – All Together Now Festival, Co Waterford, Ireland
17th Nov – Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany*
19th Nov – Transcentury Update Festival, Leipzig, Germany*
22nd Nov – Lido, Berlin, Germany*
23rd Nov – Stadtgarten, Köln, Germany*
26th Nov – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands*
13th Dec – The Roundhouse, London, UK

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