We’re thrilled to invite Lankum to bring their unique and distinctive modern folk to Roadburn 2020

If you’ve been paying attention, you will have noticed slivers of folk dotted through previous Roadburn line ups; it may not be our bread and butter but it certainly has captured a chunk of our heart and soul. So when The Livelong Day – the latest offering from Dublin four piece, Lankum – passed over our desks, our ears pricked up and we knew we had to invite them to Roadburn next year.

Their third full length celebrates all that is glorious about the history (Irish) folk music, but doesn’t shy away from shaking things up, turning things around and challenging a few preconceptions about what modern folk can be. It’s not uncommon to find us feeling effusive about noise, drone and ambient projects in the Roadburn world, but it’s a much rarer prospect to find such tonal qualities on what is undoubtedly, most definitely a folk album. Uilleann pipes and harmonium come together to create a cinematic soundscape that many Roadburners will feel right at home with.

Of course in amongst what could reasonably be considered to be more modern touches, there still remains an authentic and warm embrace for more traditional elements of folk. The raw and intimate delivery of vocals is evocative and often visceral. The result is an album that makes for an appropriate gateway for those attending Roadburn, regardless of which side you’re approaching from – a folk fan heading towards darker territories, or a heavy music fan lured by the promise of a genre steeped in history and countless traditional flourishes.

We’re thrilled to invite Lankum to bring their unique and distinctive sound to Roadburn 2020.

Becky Laverty / November 2019

Date: April 19

Time: TBA

Stage: Green Room