LANKUM – Traveller Ballads – Ireland
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.
～ William Butler Yeats, The Stolen Kid, in The Collected Poems
From an island where moors, cliffs and the expanse of the sea sharpen a sense of rebellion, voyage and humour, jubilation and musical feasts can only spring up … Ireland is this ancestral land with its prolific history of sailors, navigators and free men whose traditions are a truthful mirror.
Musical brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch are part of ‘experimental psychedelic folk’. After 15 years of festivals, concerts and intensive work with their bandmates Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat, they have now become one of the most compelling Irish music groups. Their fame was firmly established under their former name, Lynched.
Vocal harmonies with arrangements for uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordian, fiddle and guitar take us through a folk repertoire full of the alternative spirit of the Traveller tradition, punctuated by Dublin music-hall ditties, traditional dance tunes and by some amazing original material.