Lankum performs live at WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio in Boston. The Dublin-based group, consisting of Cormac MacDiarmada, Radie Peat, and brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch, makes a special kind of Celtic folk music, mixing ambient textures with harmonies that harness astonishing power. In 2019, their album The Livelong Day won Album of the Year at the RTÉ Choice Awards.
Sergeant William Bailey was a man of high renown Tooral looral looral looral loo In search of gallant young recruits he used to scour the town Tooral looral looral looral loo His face was full and swarthy, of medals he had forty And ribbons on his chest red white and blue It was he that looked the hero as he made the people stare O As he stood on Dunphy’s corner tooral loo
But alas for human greatness every dog he has his day Tooral looral looral looral loo And Sergeant William Bailey he is getting old and grey Tooral looral looral looral loo No longer youths are willing to take his dirty shilling And things for him are looking mighty blue In spite of fife and drumming no more recruits are coming For Sergeant William Bailey tooral loo
Sergeant William Bailey what a wretched sight to see Tooral looral looral looral loo His back that once was firm and straight is almost bent in three Tooral looral looral looral loo Some rebel youths with placards have called his army blackguards And told the Irish youth just what to do He has lost his occupation let’s sing in jubilation For Sergeant William Bailey tooral loo