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 an interview with the band.
*photo: Lankum, by Ellius Grace