Lankum
  • Edinburgh International Festival

Irish radical folk group Lankum reimagines folk songs in an intense, gothic style.

Hypnotising and eerie, Lankum covers new ground with each album they produce. The Dublin-based four-piece band marries horror and gothic darkness with the soft vocals of Radie Peat, who sounds both like an uncompromising everywoman and a mystical instrument of bellows and reeds (The Guardian). Lankum blends contemporary apocalyptic music with inspiration from centuries-old folk songs, contrasting exquisite softness with intense droning harmonies.

They bring to Edinburgh their recently released fourth album, False Lankum, which takes the listener on a haunting spiritual journey. Described by Pitchfork as taking songs that trace back to lost worlds and make them sound instead like a future built on the ruins of today, Lankum plunges their captive audience into their world of revitalised and idiosyncratic folk music.

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