The Political Voice in Irish Music

Given the recent turmoil in Irish life you would think that artistic communities would be bursting at the seams with commentary, anger, disbelief, remorse, and whatever thoughts are required for us to circle round on ourselves and transcend the mess we are living in. But this is not the case in Irish music. Where is the anger? Where is the vitriol?

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Lockout Open Rehearsal #2

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.

Lockout Open Rehearsal #2

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


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Buoyed by the successful release of 2012’s critically acclaimed album “The Brutal Here and Now”, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock return with a new project, and a new lineup.

“Lockout” is a new large-scale work 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 timely anniversary of the Lockout, and it’s relevance today.

Following the departure of Donnchadh Hoey, the Spooks are delighted to welcome guitarist and producer Liam Caffrey to the fold. The first performance with this new lineup will take place in October at the Airwaves festival in Iceland October 30th to November 3rd, where the band will be performing alongside Adrian Crowley, Villagers and Donal Lunny as part of a Young Hearts Run Free night supported by Culture Ireland.

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