Lankum: Two-day residency at Cafe OTO


Upset The Rhythm & Cafe OTO present…

Tuesday 28 May & Wednesday 29 May
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £16.50 each day, £30 two-day pass

LANKUM have an alchemical ability to combine traditional folk roots with contemporary undercurrents to forge music that is dark, mysterious and transcendental. Comprising brothers Ian Lynch (uillean pipes, tin whistle, vocals), Daragh Lynch (vocals, guitar) alongside Cormac Mac Diarmada (fiddle) and Radie Peat (harmonium, accordion, vocals), Lankum channel a diverse set of influences and histories to create a beautifully rare thing: a songbook from and for the people. Born of years criss-crossing Dublin's folk, squat and experimental scenes, their two albums Cold Old Fire (2013, recorded under former name Lynched) and Rough Trade debut Between The Earth and Sky (2017) breath new life into ancient/modern rituals with urban punk fervour, rural psycho-geography and, underpinning it all, the eternal drone of the uilleann pipes. This event presents an intimate two night residency for Lankum, debuting a new live show, alongside special guests.

“The most convincing folk band to come out of Ireland in years.” – The Guardian

“An object lesson in how to perform old songs in new ways” – The Independent

“They do mark a turning point in folk… that authentic voice of the streets is back in a big way.” – Mark Radcliffe

BRIGHDE CHAIMBEUL was the winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up and Coming’ nominee. The Skye musician and piper is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars. She has collaborated with many established artists, most recently including Ross Ainslie, Aidan O Rourke, Carlos Nunez and Martin Green. Growing up in a musical family in Sleat on the Isle of Skye, Brighde was no stranger to the sound of the pipes, and indeed the sound of music at home. Inspired by hearing the playing of Rona Lightfoot she began learning at the age of 7 with local tutor and award winning piper Niall Stewart.

Brighde met pipe makers, players and revivalists Fin and Hamish Moore in 2014 where she was introduced to the smallpipes, and since has developed a unique style which has captured audiences across the globe. Mark Radcliffe of BBC Radio 2 described her playing as “mesmerising”, and Tim Chipping of renowned music magazine, fRoots as “exceptional”. She has recently released her debut album The Reeling, featuring Radie Peat, Rona Lightfoot and Aidan O’ Rourke. It has been received with great critical acclaim including The Guardian’s folk album of the month.

ANDY THE DOORBUM has been writing and recording his own music since he was 9 years old, first on boomboxes with his stuffed animal band, then on four-track cassette recorders, and eventually on digital consoles. He now operates out of a hand-built home studio in Inglewood. The "Andy the Doorbum" name arose when he started working the door at the punk rock dive bar The Milestone Club (est. 1969) in Charlotte, North Carolina when patrons gave him the nickname due to his unkempt appearance and 7 day-a-week work schedule at the legendary venue. When it came time for him to release the album he had been recording in the doorbooth (3' x 4') while taking admission and giving out wristbands, the name stuck. He spent his formative years coming into his own as an artist and musician in the Charlotte area underground.

In a live setting Andy the Doorbum is known for blending his haunting music, accompanied by powerfully raw live vocals, with lights and costumes to create a live stage show experience that is a visual/theatrical performance that embodies an artistic vision both strange and surreal; somber and uplifting; a journey that takes the viewer through a string of emotions from "cathartic and inspiring" to "completely unsettling."

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