Daragh Lynch is best-known as a member of Lankum, the award-winning folk group who won the Choice Music Prize in 2019 for their album The Livelong Day. Signed to Geoff Travis' Rough Trade Records, the band are at the vanguard of the current Irish folk renaissance.

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Daragh has been involved in an array of creative and political projects since the early 2000s. From punk, metal and shock-rock cabaret outfits (Cat O’Nine Tails, Knife At A Gunfight, F**k You Written In S**t), to an unruly pan-American tour with sibling folk-punk duo Lynched, and the many late night traditional music and singing sessions back home which eventually led to the formation of Lankum, he has always thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity for unpredictability, chaos and adventure that only music can bring.

In recent times he has been working on solo material as well as collaborating with Edinburgh-born singer and multi-instrumentalist Iona Zajac. Together, they contributed the track The Burning Of Auchindoun to folk collective Broadside Hacks’ compilation Songs Without Authors Volume 1.

Daragh and Iona perform a mix of solo and collaborative works in The Studio in the National Concert Hall on Thursday 16th June, as part of this year's Tradition Now festival.

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We asked Daragh for his choice cultural picks...

FILM

The most recent film I’ve watched that I was really into was The Power of the Dog. The whole story was wildly engaging and leaving the plot twist until the last few seconds of the movie left me completely gobsmacked.

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MUSIC

I’ve gotten very into Jake Xerxes Fussell over the last few months. He’s an American singer and a phenomenal guitarist who sings songs from the archives of American folk and traditional song.

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BOOK

White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s is a book by producer Joe Boyd, who was involved in recording some of my favourite music, and a massively important figure in the British folk and psychedelic scenes.

PLAY

One of the most interesting plays I’ve ever seen is It’s Not Over by Dublin’s THEATREclub. It managed to use chaos, confusion and boredom to perfectly subvert and critique mainstream narratives on Northern Ireland. Live explosions, too.

TV

I’ve just finished Peaky Blinders season 6 and it’s very gripping stuff. The world that they’ve managed to create visually and sonically is quite stunning, and I always find the dialogue something to behold, like the kind of stuff you wish you’d said after an argument, or how people on cocaine imagine they’re talking (but definitely aren’t). Lisa O’Neill’s track in the last scene was mind blowing too.

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GIG

John Francis Flynn at Vicar Street. I’ve been listening to John sing and play at various gigs, sessions and parties for over a decade now and I’m delighted to see him finally receiving some of the recognition he deserves. He’s one of those rare talents that the world needs to know about.

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ART

I haven’t really been to much in terms of exhibitions over the last couple of years, but I did see Shane Cullen’s Fragmens sur les Institutions Républicaines IV at IMMA a couple of months ago and that blew me away. I’m also really enjoying watching the rise of Salvatore of Lucan at the moment. His paintings are class and hilarious, and his blurbs are refreshingly devoid of irritating art speak.. "There's me in the pub too and then me eating a takeaway afterwards."

Salvatore of Lucan, Me Ma Healing Me,
Oil on canvas © Salvatore of Lucan

TECH

All the tech I’m getting into nowadays is quite old! Moog synths and Casio keyboards. We did manage to listen to mixes of the new Lankum album recently with our producer Spud and the whole thing was done through a platform called Audiomovers, which meant we didn’t have to leave our homes. We just sat chatting on Zoom while listening. I also love the Waze app because you can warn other users about speed cameras. Love that community spirit.

THE NEXT BIG THING…

Housing for all. Refugees with darker skin having access to the same rights and resources as the lighter toned ones. Rich people paying taxes.

Iona Zajac and Daragh Lynch perform on Thursday 16th June in The Studio in the National Concert Hall, as part of this year's Tradition Now festival - find out more here.