Landless Announce Second Album, Share ‘The Fisherman’s Wife’

Landless have announced details of their highly-anticipated second album.

Six years on from their debut album Bleaching Bones – and us featuring them as ones to watch in our 18 for ’18 feature – the Dublin/Belfast quartet will release the ten-track Lúireach via Glitterbeat Records on 7th June.

Teaming up once again with John ‘Spud’ Murphy, the Lily Power, Méabh Meir, Ruth Clinton and Sinéad Lynch have revealed that they haeve added sparingly-used instrumentation – including Lankum’s Cormac MacDiarmada on fiddle, viola and banjo throughout, as well as trombone from Alex Borwick on ‘The Newry Highwayman’ – on the album.

“A lot of the instrumentation happened organically as we were recording, while some elements we have used live for years, like the organ,” said Lily. “We tend not to make these kinds of decisions in advance, but make suggestions as we go and see how everyone feels about it. Hopefully the album still has the impact of the unaccompanied singing, with a bit of variation this time around.”

Accompanying the news is the release of the group’s take on Ewan MacColl’s ‘The Fisherman’s Wife’. Told from the perspective of the wife on shore, the song subverts the usual trope of a woman pining for her love at sea. Stream the single below and pre-order Lúireach here.

Photo by Cormac MacDiarmada

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