Part one of a four-part series. Meitheal na mBan is an inspirational and empowering series of online concerts led by Ireland’s top female musicians and artists as they perform directly from their own homes, in a much-needed fundraiser to support the victims of domestic abuse.
Some of the musicians performing on the series include Mary Black, Sharon Shannon, Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Julie Fowlis, Nell Ní Chróinín, Lisa O’Neill, Róisín O, Bronagh Gallagher, Wyvern Lingo, Cliona Hagan and Cathy Jordan. The series will be presented by Ciara Ní É.
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.