The group Lankum received the €10,000 award for their third album The Livelong Day, and were announced as the winners at a ceremony in Dublin’s Vicar Street last night.
They beat off competition from Fontaines DC, Girl Band, SOAK, Junior Brother, Daithí, Mick Flannery, Sorcha Richardson, Jafaris and Maija Sofia.
The award was accepted by the group’s manager Cian Lawless, who said the group had produced the album despite “financial hardship” and “personal hardship”.
AND THE WINNER OF THE #RTECHOICEPRIZE ALBUM OF THE YEAR IS @LankumDublin!! Huge congratulations to them and to every one of the nominees, the judges had one hell of a tough job in front of them judging by what we saw & heard tonight @RTE2 @rte @RTE2fm pic.twitter.com/dsoJpNdqZM
Lankum pictured before a performance at Berlin on New York’s Lower East Side in October. PHOTO BY PETER MCDERMOTT
Award-winning Dublin ballad group Lankum played at New York City’s Mercury Lounge last week, and I had a lovely time checking them out. The band, which had encountered visa issues that required the cancellation of a few gigs prior to their New York show (a circumstance that is far too common these days), had arrived in that day and were experiencing severe jet lag, but performed stoically, with fortitude, to a packed and very appreciative crowd of young New Yorkers.
New additions have been made to the Cambridge Folk Festival 2020 line-up, including modern American folk artists and multi-award-winning stars.
The annual music festival is returning to the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall in Cambridge from July 30 to August 2.
New names include Grammy Award-winning Patty Griffin from Texas, multi-award-winning Seth Lakeman and South America’s Chico Trujillo.
Patty Griffin makes only her second appearance at the festival, following her Best Folk Album Grammy Award for her current self-titled album.
Seth Lakeman will appear with his full festival band. His recent work ‘A Pilgrim’s Tale’ marks the 400th anniversary of The Mayflower ship setting sail for the Americas.
Julie Fowlis, whose vocals have enchanted audiences on her own solo albums, high profile collaborations and her film and TV work, is also joining the bill.
Also joining is South America’s hugely popular Chico Trujillo, aka ‘The Latin Gogol Bordello’, purveyors of a barnstorming mixture of new Chilean rock and hints of punk and ska.
UK Americana chart toppers The Delines from Portland Oregon, whose second album ‘The Imperial’ was released to rave reviews and sold-out tour dates in 2019 are also joining.
From the Highlands of Scotland, award-winning Elephant Sessions, who exploded onto the indie folk scene, transcending boundaries worldwide are on the line-up.
Cambridge Folk Festival, Picture: Supplied by Cambridge Live
Sam Lee, original singer, folk song interpreter, a passionate conservationist, committed song collector, whose most recent album ‘Old Wow’ was released to widespread critical acclaim, is also on the line-up.
Rising blues prodigy, young guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram from Clarksdale, Mississippi with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince has been added.
Bringing 100 years of American music, plus original compositions, Davina & The Vagabonds, whose shows are filled with New Orleans charm are the final additions.
Artists already announced: Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Passenger, Seasick Steve, Suzanne Vega, Show of Hands, Lankum, Martha Wainwright, Fatoumata Diawara.
Folk act Lankum have won the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year for The Livelong Day.
The winning album was announced at a ceremony in Dublin’s Vicar Street on Thursday.
Lankum are on tour in the US, so the award was accepted on their behalf by their manager, Cian Lawless.
“They have put so much effort into this, despite the financial hardship, despite the personal hardship,” he told the crowd.
Lankum receive a cheque for €10,000 – a prize which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) – and a specially-commissioned award.
Previous Album of the Year winners, as chosen by a judging panel of journalists, broadcasters and other experts in the field, include Julie Feeney, The Divine Comedy, Jape, Delorentos, Villagers and SOAK.