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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 Tickets.ie

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

Spook Brick Launch

"The Bullet in The Brick" 12" vinyl release

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock’s “The Bullet in The Brick” gets a 12” vinyl release this coming November 25th.

Featuring the same electric guitar orchestra used in “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.

The A-side of the 12” includes the full “Bullet in the Brick” suite while the B-side features a live recording of the first movement from "Lockout". A limited edition green vinyl edition is also available.

Preorder is available here.

Following their successful appearance at the Clonakilty Guitar Festival earlier this month, the band will mark the release of the 12” with a performance in Dublin, details to be announced soon.

Side A: The Bullet in The Brick
A Destroyer on the Liffey / The Bullet in the Brick / A Proclamation

Side B: Lockout - Movement I
A Debt That Must Be Paid / A Fair Wage For A Fair Day’s Work / William Martin Murphy’s Midnight Mass

The Bullet In The Brick

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock - The Bullet in the Brick

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock return with a new piece called “The Bullet in the Brick”, released today, the calendar centenary of the Easter Rising.

Featuring the same electric guitar orchestra used in “Lockout”, the band’s multi-movement work set for release later in 2016, “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 and attempted cover-up of activist Francis Sheehy Skeffington, and finally the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

Track Listing:
1. A Destroyer on the Liffey
2. The Bullet in the Brick
3. A Proclamation

Performed by The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock and Electric Guitar Orchestra:
Albert Baker, Mark Balbirnie, Eamon Brady, Susan Callaghan, Mary Carton, Bill Coleman, Mark Jordan, Hugh McCabe, David McDonald, Collin J Morris, Patrick Wall

Recorded by Liam Caffrey.
Mixed and produced by Liam Caffrey and Enda Bates.

Available now to download from our shop

Spook at Quarter Block Party

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The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock will perform “Lockout” at St. Peter’s Church in Cork on February 6th as part of the Quarter Block Party festival.

Quarter Block Party are delighted to bring “Lockout” to Cork for its second ever performance, and first in Cork.

“Lockout” is a new large-scale work by The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock about the 1913 Lockout. For this project the band are joined by an electric guitar orchestra, bringing this unique sound into the world of contemporary Irish traditional music.

“Lockout” is a grand departure for the band, bringing an epic volume and scale to their unique blend of contemporary and traditional sounds, and adding a sharper, more political voice which addresses the recent anniversary of the Lockout, and its relevance today.

On support is Cormac Dermody, Radie Peat (members of Lynched) and Brian Flanagan are a trio from Dublin that play traditional songs and tunes from both sides of the Atlantic. Murder ballads, barn-dances, whaling songs and old-time tunes are treated with considerable weight, with an emphasis on harmony and swelling, droning, chordal arrangements.

Tickets are €12.50 (inc booking fee) or €40 for Quarter Block Party weekend pass.

More info

Lockout debut performance

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The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock & Electric Guitar Orchestra
present

“Lockout”
Debut performance Saturday Nov 21st
Hangar, Andrew’s Lane
With very special guest Dónal Lunny
Doors 7:30pm
Performance starts 8pm

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock will perform “Lockout” in full for the first time at Hangar, with 18 musicians in what promises to be a unique and powerful performance. The band are honoured to be joined by legendary traditional musician Dónal Lunny, a driving force behind Planxty and The Bothy Band.

“Lockout” is a new large-scale work by The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock about the 1913 Lockout. For this project the band are joined by an electric guitar orchestra, bringing this unique sound into the world of contemporary Irish traditional music. “Lockout” is a grand departure for the band, bringing an epic volume and scale to their unique blend of contemporary and traditional sounds, and adding a sharper, more political voice which addresses the recent anniversary of the Lockout, and its relevance today.

Tickets – €10 early bird / €15 plus booking fees available from www.tickets.ie

Lockout Open Rehearsal #2

Spook Lockout Open Rehearsal 2015

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock will perform the second open rehearsal of “Lockout” on August 9th at The Grand Social at 3pm. Admission is free.

Check out a clip of the band performing “James Nolan Laid To Rest/The Asquith Inquiry” from The Parlour:

Lockout Trailer

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock have just released a trailer for the first movement of “Lockout”, their forthcoming large-scale work.

“Lockout” was written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout. For this project, the band will be augmented with an electric guitar orchestra, bringing the unique sound popularized by composers such as Glenn Branca and Rhys Chatham into the world of contemporary Irish traditional music.

“Lockout” is a grand departure for the band, adding epic volume and scale to the band’s blend of contemporary and traditional sounds and a sharper, more political voice which addresses the recent anniversary of the Lockout, and it’s relevance today.

An open rehearsal of the first movement was recorded and filmed as the centenary closed in January 2014, in the now sadly defunct Factory arts performance space on Barrow St in Dublin. The full video of this first movement, and details of the premiere performance will be announced later in the year with the album due in 2015.

Music by The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock (Enda Bates, Allen Blighe, Liam Caffrey, Ronan Hayes, Brian O’Higgins)

& Electric Guitar Orchestra (Marc Balbirnie, Eamon Brady, Niall Byrne, Bryan Dunphy, Michael Fleming, Mark Jordan, Shane Latimer, Hugh McCabe, Colin Morris).

Raja Nundlall – Camera/DoP
Thom McDermott – Edit/Producer
John Breslin – Director/Edit

John Cruise – Assistant Producer
Turlough Kelly – Assistant Director
Adam Clarke – Colour Grade

Richard O’Connor – Audio Capture
Matt Hedigan – Wide Hand