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Listen | LANKUM announce new album “False Lankum’ with new single

New single and video - 'Go Dig My Grave' out now.

Irish quartet Lankum have announced a new record along wth the first track taken from it, ‘Go Dig My Grave’

Titled “False Lankum”, the record will be out in March of this year and follows their 2019 award-winning album “The Livelong Day”.

To coincide with the track release, ‘Go Dig My Grave’ comes with stunningly stark video by Peadar Gill.

‘Go Dig My Grave’ was discovered by Lankum’s Radie Peat who learned the particular version on the album from the singing of Jean Ritchie, who recorded it in 1963 on the album “Jean Ritchie and Doc Watson at Folk City”.

“’Our interpretation of the traditional song ‘Go Dig My Grave’ is one that centres around the emotion of grief – all-consuming, unbearable and absolute. A visceral physical reaction to something that the body and mind are almost incapable of processing. The second part of the song is inspired by the Irish tradition of keening (from the Irish caoineadh) – a traditional form of lament for the deceased. Regarded by some as opening up ‘perilous channels of communication with the dead’, the practice came under severe censure from the catholic church in Ireland from the 17th century on.”


“False Lankum” will be their fourth record and third for Rough Trade. They will also set of on tour in support of it across Ireland, the UK, and Europe on a number of dates announced so far until the end of the year.

New album “False Lankum” is out on 24 March on Rough Trade Records