Far removed from conventional perceptions of ‘pure-drop’ authenticity, both of tonight’s acts rekindle folk music’s primal rawness, grit and anti-establishment spirit. The darkly compelling, wholly distinctive sound of Dublin quartet Lankum (formerly Lynched) draws together music-hall songs, shanties and street ballads with original material and gutsy traditional tunes. “Beatnik, audacious and utterly soulful. . . reverent to the core about their heritage” (Guardian)
East London five-piece band Stick in the Wheel are headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter. Their debut “From Here” (2015) was fRoots Magazine Album of the Year and a MOJO Folk Album of the Year. They are known for Kearey’s fierce delivery, culturally and politically switched on, the group have been widely commended for their timely appraisal of English Folk music. The new album Follow Them True expands on the radical sound of their debut to include electronic and found sounds, using a broader sonic palette to create a greater depth full of layers and meaning, yet at the same time remaining totally connected with the tradition.