LANKUM – new single – ‘Sergeant William Bailey’

From The Forthcoming Album “Between the Earth and Sky”

Release Date: 27 October 2017

“Lankum are the darlings of Dublin’s 300 year-old folk scene.” Colin Irwin – The Guardian

Although an acoustic group whose repertoire is fundamentally based on traditional song, influenced by legends such as Frank Harte, Planxty, The Dubliners and the Watersons, subtle traces of the group’s collective influences can be detected, ranging from American old-timey music to krautrock and drone. Check it out! Fantastic!!

‘Satire in times of unrest is a potent a weapon as any, and this fact was not lost upon the ballad makers of Ireland’s past. Songs poking fun at the British Army recruiting sergeant were common in the Irish tradition and represent a class of anti-war song unto themselves. This one is particularly special in that the site of William Bailey’s recruiting attempts is Dunphy’s Corner, just down the road from where the members of Lankum live on Dublin’s northside. In our present era of social and political unrest songs that seek to lampoon and make fun of figures of authority, military or otherwise, are as relevant as ever.’ Ian Lynch, Lankum

Check out ‘Sergeant William Bailey’ from the forthcoming album now, here:

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Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker announce ‘Birds EP’

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Rough Trade Records are excited to announce the release of ‘The Birds’ EP by Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker. The six track EP will be released both digitally and as a very limited edition 12” – 650 copies worldwide, to co-incide with them supporting Richard Thompson on his sold out UK Tour this October. A very limited quantity of the EP on CD will also be for sale via the Rough Trade Records Webstore, otherwise only available on the band’s merch table! Continue reading

Princess Nokia releases deluxe version of ‘1992’ and new song ‘FLAVA’

Harlem-based rapper Princess Nokia (Destiny Frasqueri) has released her 1992 Deluxe album via Rough Trade Records / Rhythmethod. This deluxe edition is an expanded version of last year’s breakout mixtape 1992, featuring eight brand new tracks (*) which have been fully remastered. The album will be available for the first time on CD and 2xLP on Friday 10 November. Continue reading