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Lynched & Stick In The Wheel (Ire/UK)

Friday 15th July, 8.00pm

Two of the most exhilarating and dynamic groups in folk music come together for one of the most unique commissions of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival. Lynched are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. Since making their debut album Cold Old Fire, the group have toured the US and been invited to some of the world’s most renowned music festivals, including Cambridge, Sidmouth and Edmonton, as well as alongside such notable artists as Sam Amidon, Blackbird Raum, Dick Gaughan, Paddy & Séamus Glackin, Barry Gleeson, Andy Irvine, Lau, Lúnasa, Morgan O’Kane, Lisa O’Neill,Alasdair Roberts, Tim Scanlon, Sharon ShannonandSkipper’s Alley. Stick In The Wheel’s sound is a raw, fresh take on English Folk music. Their now-trademark abrasive delivery of both original and traditional tracks, is not bland retroism, or empty nostalgia, but a voice linking now to then. Brought up in the thriving culture of working class London and cutting their teeth in its diverse musical landscape, they now bring those influences and attitudes to their traditional music. Stripped back to their bare components, their songs speak for themselves without ornament, telling tales of everyday life: carboot-swindlers, lorry drivers and London rioters, sitting seamlessly against traditional songs of prisons, hammer-wielding blacksmiths and 17th century madhouses. The debut album From Here earned them multiple BBC Folk Award nominations in 2015 and 2016, fRoots Album of the Year 2015, with four star albumreviews in the Guardian, Observer, Mojo, R2 Magazine, Record Collector and appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction and BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show.

“The most convincing folk band to come out of Ireland in years”. The Guardian on Lynched (*****)

“A shot in the arm for contemporary folk music” The Independent on Stick In The Wheel