Hares on the Mountain

A piece by Davey Graham played by Lankum for Bert Jansch

Recorded in Dublin, Ireland
December 2018

Daragh writes: “The tune Radie and I played, is a version of ‘Hares on the Mountain’ from the Davey Graham, Shirley Collins album ‘Folk Roots, New Routes’, but the style of playing is what both Bert and Davey are renowned for, probably most famously with the folk standard ‘Anji’. Apparently, Bert was present at the actual recording sessions and it directly affected both his style and repertoire. Myself and Radie have recently started playing this live at Lankum gigs and it’s always very enjoyable to play – and on this guitar was an absolute pleasure.”

Daragh adds: “I’ve been playing traditional Irish music on guitar for years, and very early on made the change from standard tuning to DADGAD. Any research always threw up the names of Bert Jansch and Davey Graham, both pioneers of this tuning during the British folk revival of the sixties. In later years I became interested in the huge amounts of cross-pollination between the various British and Irish scenes at the time, from The Bothy Band, to The Incredible String Band, to Martin Carthy. Bert Jansch’s name showed up as a major influence in almost every story about folk music at the time, and I spent a considerable amount of time getting into the slightly jazz influenced finger style playing of both Bert and Davey, between whom there was a huge amount of cross-pollination too.”

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Lankum has gained somewhat of a reputation since the release of their album ‘Cold Old Fire’ and an appearance on Later… with Jools Holland, as well as three nominations at the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their latest album ‘Between the Earth and Sky’ is available now on Rough Trade Records.