Preview: Lankum Two-Day Residency @ Café OTO (Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th May 2019; London)


An immersive and captivating experience is something not uncommon to the Café OTO programme; from experimental jazz to minimal electronic, it displays the weird and wonderful in an intimate and atmospheric venue in the heart of Dalston.

Irish folk outfit Lankum fit the bill perfectly, merging traditional Irish folk with punk, electronic and drone. They are masters at evoking the memories of lost Irish music but underpinning it with deep melodic drone sounds made by the Irish uilleann pipes. In a space where the audience will not only encourage experimentations, but expect it, Lankum will be able to push their sound to the limits of traditional folk.

They are joined by special guests Brighde Chaimbeul on the Tuesday and Andy the Doorbum on the Wednesday. Both will bring their own touch of uniqueness to the show; Chaimbeul with her powerful Scottish influences and piping, and Andy with his electronics adding a bit of the weird to the wonderful.

Radie Peat’s powerful voice, inspired by old Irish song and poetry, is supplemented beautifully by the deep voices of the rest of the band. Each night will offer a close-up experience of Irish poetry put to experimental music, with improvisation and atmosphere creating different spectacular performances on each occasion.

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