I am interested in: Cultural highlights of Radie Peat, member of the band Lankum.


Adie Peat, a musician and instrumentalist, gained recognition for her contributions to the Irish folk group Lankum. Raised in Dublin, she began performing in local pubs at a young age and is skilled in playing the concertina, tin whistle, accordion, harmonium, banjo, and harp. Along with Lankum, Peat has released four albums, including their recent False Lankum which was nominated for the Mercury Prize. She is also a member of the new band ØXN, whose debut album CYRM has been praised for its eerie and mystical elements. Lankum is currently on tour and will be performing at London’s Roundhouse on December 13th.

1. Film

Mandy (dir Panos Cosmatos)

Nicolas Cage in Mandy.

This is the last film I saw in the cinema where I was like: “Jesus Christ this is amazing.” It’s like a metal band on acid wrote a movie script with Nicolas Cage in it: disturbing and mad but also very funny. It was a repeat viewing at the Lighthouse cinema in Dublin and the rest of the audience had seen it before – everyone was roaring laughing and cheering at the screen. It was just really fun, which is odd because it’s also a really tense film. The first half sets up a couple’s life together and it’s weirdly enchanting. Then something really violent happens and it turns into an acid-fuelled gore rampage. I couldn’t get it out of my head.

2. Performance

Andy the Doorbum

A mask by Andy the Doorbum.

Andy the Doorbum is an unconventional and talented artist who has yet to gain widespread recognition. He is a multi-instrumentalist in his music, but his live performances are more akin to theater. Incorporating various elements such as paint, lights, prosthetics, and antlers, his shows have a pagan-like atmosphere. Not only does he create all the artwork for his albums himself, but he also designs his own clothing. We first encountered him at the Church of Fun squat in LA, where he performed an acoustic set. However, it was only after researching him online that we truly understood his unique style. Although he is based in North Carolina, I am eager to persuade promoters in Ireland to book a tour for him.

3. TV

Puffin Rock

Baba, Oona and Mossy from Puffin Rock.

My child is extremely captivated by this television series, and I am personally okay with her viewing it because it is very enjoyable. It is produced in Ireland by Cartoon Saloon and all of the characters have charming Derry accents. The show follows the adventures of two puffin siblings, Oona and Baba, who live on Puffin Rock off the coast of Ireland. It promotes appreciation for nature and diversity, and I have gained a lot of knowledge about birds and marine creatures from it. Children’s TV shows can often be hectic, but this one is very calming and the plotlines are heartwarming. There are also clever jokes included for the parents.

4. Restaurant

Library Street, Dublin

Sharing plates at Library Street restaurant, Dublin.

I received a gift of a reservation at this restaurant, which I had not previously heard of. It turned out to be an amazing experience. The food was exceptional, featuring small plates made with fresh, seasonal Irish ingredients. Surprisingly, even the cabbage dish was addictive, despite my usual dislike for cabbage. The raw mackerel with vinaigrette was also delicious. The cocktails were also top-notch. While it may be more suitable for special occasions rather than everyday dining, I highly recommend it for anyone seeking a unique and flavorful food experience.

5. Tattoo artist

Skullduggery (Helen McDonnell)

A tattoo design by Helen McDonnell.

Helen McDonnell is a pioneering female tattoo artist from Ireland. She has received training from various locations globally, including Samoa, and has owned Skullduggery, a tattoo parlour in Belfast, for almost 25 years. She has inked me, as well as the Lynch brothers from Lankum, and numerous others in Belfast and throughout Ireland. While I choose to keep my own tattoos private, Ian Lynch has a collection of incredible Wicker Man tattoos due to his fascination with the film. Helen’s skills are exceptional, and she is highly proficient in all aspects of tattooing.

6. Song

John Francis Flynn: Hi, Kitty

John Francis Flynn:

John Francis Flynn addressed someone named Kitty.
John Francis Flynn greeted Kitty.
John Francis Flynn said “Hello” to Kitty.

The Dublin folk singer John Francis Flynn.

After listening to Look Over the Wall, See the Sky, a track from Dublin folk singer John Francis Flynn’s latest album, I found myself in tears. The last time a piece of music had that effect on me was when I listened to Max Richter’s Sleep. Flynn’s voice is what struck a chord with me. When he sings in a lower register, it’s incredibly moving. It feels as though he’s singing for himself, not for an audience. I had an immediate and emotional reaction to the song. On the other hand, his single Mole in the Ground has a completely different energy. It’s invigorating, unlike the emotional punch of Kitty.

Source: theguardian.com