Lankum Debut “New York Trader”

Lankum have shared a new video for "New York Trader," the track is off their forthcoming album False Lankum, out March 24, via Rough Trade
Lankum have shared a new video for "New York Trader"

Irish quartet Lankum today share a new single ‘The New York Trader’, taken from their forthcoming album False Lankum, which is released on March 24, 2023 via Rough Trade Records. False Lankum follows the band’s 2019 album The Livelong Day. The album’s 12 tracks, composed of 10 traditional songs and two originals, alongside longtime producer John ‘Spud’ Murphy.

“We started working on the New York Trader in January 2021. Someone who had done terrible things had found themselves in command of the ship and for the passengers and crew to save themselves it became necessary to throw the captain overboard into the deep, hopefully never to return.  We did what was necessary, but now live in fear as the bloated corpse threatens to resurface, this time commanding an army of the dead.” explains Ian Lynch of Lankum, “We learned it, like so many other great songs, from Ringsend native and all round legend Luke Cheevers. It is one of a group of songs (sometimes referred to as the ‘Jonah Ballads’). The words to the song may be based on an older ballad called ‘The Pirate’ in which the destination was New Barbary rather than ‘Amerikay’. It was printed on broadsides in the UK where it was quite popular in the 19th century, and versions were subsequently collected in Wiltshire, Norfolk and Nova Scotia in the 20th century.”

Following their sold out show at The Barbican on 4 th May 2023, Lankum will return to London in December 2023 to play The Roundhouse – their biggest headline gig to date. With their April/May tour almost completely sold out, the band will return to Amsterdam and Berlin in November 2023 and will play their first German tour.

False Lankum
Rough Trade records

01) Go Dig My Grave
02) Clear Away In the Morning
03) Fugue I
04) Master Crowley’s
05) Newcastle
06) Fugue II
07) Netta Perseus
08) The New York Trader
09) Lord Abore and Mary Flynn
10) Fugue III
11) On a Monday Morning
12) The Turn

Lankum 2023 Tour Dates

25 th Apr – Silent Green, Berlin, Germany – sold out
28 th Apr – Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, Netherlands– sold out
30 th Apr – Le Botanique, Brussels, Belgium


2 nd May – Petit Bain, Paris, France
4 th May – London, Barbican, London, UK – sold out
10 th May – St Lukes, Glasgow, UK – sold out
11 th May – Band on the Wall, Manchester, UK – sold out
Fri 12 th May – SWX, Bristol, UK – sold out
19 th  May – Mandela Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland – sold out
20 th  May – Cork Opera House, Cork, Ireland – sold out
24 th  May – Cork Opera House, Cork, Ireland
29 th May – Vicar St, Dublin, Ireland * new date
30 th May – Vicar St, Dublin, Ireland – sold out
31 st  May – Vicar St, Dublin, Ireland – sold out

28 th Jun – Pop Messe, Brno, Czech Republic

4 th Jul – All Together Now Festival, Co Waterford, Ireland

17-21 st Aug – Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, UK

1-3 rd Sep – Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, UK

17 th Nov – Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany
19 th Nov – Transcentury Update Festival, Leipzig, Germany
22 nd Nov – Lido, Berlin, Germany
23 rd Nov – Stadtgarten, Köln, Germany
26 th Nov – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

13 th Dec – The Roundhouse, London, UK


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