The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock

The Spook announce final performance of Lockout

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The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock will perform Lockout in its entirety one last time at Dublin's Unitarian Church on Saturday, February 2nd, before beginning work on their next album.

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"In their transformation into this hydra of guitars, what The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock have done with ‘Lockout’ is create a sonically literate, textured and diverse ensemble piece that moves deftly through genres and time signatures, enriching its characters and enlivening an era."
Golden Plec

"Amidst the wide-spanning and ambitious storytelling, however, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock’s aptitude as musicians should not be overlooked. Pairing the soundtrack – be it the shimmer of scene-setting guitar, the trad-folk rumble of the ordinary man’s tale, the light, toe-tappy cadence of a gentle interlude or Blighe’s stoic vocal as he becomes another character in the fascinating narrative, they prove themselves masterful musical storytellers. From start to finish, a remarkable piece of work." The Irish Times

"Lockout proves to be a serious and often extremely powerful artistic statement about a crucial moment in Irish History" Hot Press

"Lockout is perhaps as far from easy listening as you can get, but it's a seriously impressive piece of work that pushes the boundaries of what music can achieve" Sunday Business Post

Spook Irish Tour

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Following the success of their sold out St Patrick’s Festival show, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock head out on a short Irish tour in support of their acclaimed "Lockout" album.

9th June - Dolan's Warehouse, Limerick (Out On A Limb Records 15th Anniversary Show)
13th June - Roisín Dubh, Galway
14th June - Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
15th June - De Barra's, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Lockout preorder

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock's new album "Lockout" is available to preorder in the shop on red or black vinyl, CD or download. Orders will arrive on or before the March 16th release date.

Preorder Lockout now

Tickets are going fast for the album's launch as part of the St. Patrick's Festival on the same day, get them here.

Check out a video of the band plus orchestra performing "The Batons":

The Spook announce Lockout details

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock - Lockout

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock have announced details of their third album Lockout where they expand to an 18-piece electric guitar orchestra.

The album will be released on March 16th on Transduction Records on vinyl, CD and all digital streaming formats. Pre-order details available soon.

The band will launch the album at The Pepper Canister Church in Dublin as part of the St. Patrick's Festival, also on March 16th with a full orchestra performance. Tickets are available are €13.50 and available to book online.

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Lockout is a grand departure for the The Spook, adding epic volume and scale to the band’s unique sound and a sharper, more political voice. The album tells the story of the 1913 lockout, the struggle of Dublin workers against exploitative working conditions led by Jim Larkin and James Connolly’s ITGWU union.

Track Listing:

  1. Movement I: A Debt That Must Be Paid / A Fair Wage For A Fair Day's Work / William Martin Murphy's Midnight Mass
  2. Movement II: The Trams Are Stopped / From A Window At Liberty Hall / Ringsend Riot / Larkin in Disguise / The Batons
  3. Movement III: Church Street Collapse / James Nolan Laid To Rest / The Asquith Inquiry / A Rose With The Loaf / The Hare And The Fraternity
  4. Movement IV: A Storm Driven Wave / Suffrage / Larkin At The Prison Gates / The Decade Of Centenaries

Check out the video for "The Hare and The Fraternity":

Spook on Dublin City FM

Spook frontman Allen appeared on Dublin City FM's "Songs to Learn and Sing" programme this week, listen back here:

Spook 12" launch

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock launch the 12” of their 1916 piece “The Bullet in the Brick” with a special performance in Whelan's on Thursday, December 1st. This will be a performance with electric guitar orchestra, featuring 18 musicians, taking the band’s alt rock, trad and folk influences in a new and unexpected direction.

Recorded ahead of ‘Lockout’, the band’s multi-movement work set for release in early 2017, "The Bullet in the Brick" explores various aspects of the Easter Rising such as the bombing of Dublin by the British gunship "The Helga", the murder of activist Francis Sheehy Skeffington and its attempted cover-up, and finally the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

Tickets are €10 including booking fee and are available online from the WAV Tickets (Lo-Call 1890 200 078) or

The 12" is available to pre-order now and will be released on November 25th.

Spook Brick Launch