Traditional Irish Folk


October 20, 2020

Lankum are a contemporary Irish folk music group from Dublin, consisting of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch, Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat. 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." The name Lankum comes from the folk ballad "False Lankum", as sung by the Irish traveller and folk singer John Reilly.

Ian Lynch made a mixtape of Irish folk to accompany their interview.

*photo: Lankum, by Ellius Grace


  • Noel Hill and Tony McMahon

    Humours of Castlefin, Templehouse Reel

  • Nora Cleary

    The Holland Handkerchief

  • Tommy Reck

    Top It Off

  • John Reilly

    The Well Below the Valley

  • Cormac Begley and Jack Talty

    Joe Bane’s, the Gypsy Princess

  • John Reilly Jr.

    False Lankum

  • The Raineys

    Over the Moor to Maggie, the Star of Munster

  • Mary Delaney

    What Put The Blood?

  • Willie Clancy

    The Connaught Heifers, Corney is Coming

  • Joe Heaney

    Caoineadh na dTrí Mhuire

  • Séamus Ennis

    The Silver Spear, The Dublin Reel, Miss Monahan

  • Peadar Broe

    Lament for Eoin Roe O’Neill

  • Vincent Campbell

    Muilleann na Maidí

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Ian Lynch / Lankum

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