Edinburgh Tradfest has announced that it will be returning this year thanks to continued support from Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Tattoo Culture Fund. The Festival will kick off at the Queen’s Hall on Friday 26 April with live music from anarchic Irish folk band Lankum from Dublin, whose music combines vocal harmonies, musical arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle, and guitar, with wonderful storytelling. The band spoke with The Fountain about performing at Tradfest as well as their combined efforts to get out an LP.

TF: You are opening Edinburgh Tradfest, what an honour, how do you feel about that?

Its a pleasure to be involved and always fun to come back to Edinburgh. There’s always a great buzz/rapport with audiences and we usually come away with sore heads and good memories.

TF: Have you performed at Tradfest previously in the last seven years of it running?

We’ve played Edinburgh many times but never at Tradfest .

TF: What is it about the festival that inspired you to be included in the bill?

We’ve worked with Douglas and Jane-Ann at Soundhouse many times before, they’re lovely people, hugely passionate about music and have been a great support to us.

TF: What else are Lankum presently working on, record releases or UK tours?

We’re focusing on writing/arranging our new album when we’re not on tour, heading to the studio in March, which is a combination of both exciting and frightening.

TF: Who else are you looking forward to seeing perform at Tradfest yourself?

Unfortunately, it’s usually hard to get time do do anything beyond soundcheck, eat some dinner and play the gig but will hopefully get to play some tunes afterwards and hang out a bit.

Edinburgh Tradfest runs from 26th April to 6th May 2019.