ITMA is delighted to present singer/musician Radie Peat as she explores some of the dark and subversive themes found in her ballad repertoire. Radie is a member of the widely acclaimed Dublin bank Lankum. Drawing from the Well is a monthly series which connects contemporary traditional artists with archival material to create new art to be shared publicly.
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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.
The nominations have been announced for the 3rd Annual RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, with this year’s nominees representing the cream of the contemporary folk world – view the shortlist below.
The awards ceremony will take place on the 26th November in the RTÉ Radio studios, and will be broadcast live at 8 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, with returning co-presenters Ruth Smith & John Creedon presenting two hours of music, song and chat, featuring an array of distinguished guests from the folk world.
The recipients for the Hall of Fame award will be announced on the night, joining this year’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, guitarist Steve Cooney.
Best Folk Singer
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
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Read more at: RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2020 nominations announced
Originally recorded for the Mary Wallopers Halloween Special 2020.
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Katie Cruel is a traditional American folksong, likely of Scottish origin. As a traditional song, Katie Cruel has been recorded by many performers, but the best known recording of the song is by Karen Dalton on the album In My Own Time. The American version of the song is said to date to the Revolutionary War period. The song is Roud no. 1645.
The American lyrics appear to contain an oblique story of regret. As given in Eloise Hubbard Linscott’s The Folk Songs of Old New England. The opening verse of the song bears a strong resemblance to the Scottish song, Licht Bob’s Lassie, whose opening verses mirror the song in both notional content and form.
First when I cam’ tae the toon
They ca’d me young and bonnie
Noo they’ve changed my name
Ca’ me the licht bob’s honey
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They ca’d me young and sonsie
Noo they’ve changed my name
They ca’ me the licht bob’s lassie
Lankum are a contemporary Irish folk music group from Dublin, consisting of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch, Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat. Their music has been characterised as “a younger, darker Pogues with more astonishing power”. Reviewing their third album The Livelong Day for The Guardian, Jude Rogers described it as “a folk album influenced by the ambient textures of Sunn O)) and Swans, plus the sonic intensity of Xylouris White and My Bloody Valentine”. In 2018 they were named Best Folk Group at the RTÉ Folk Music Awards, while Radie Peat was named Best Folk Singer.