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The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock is music from Dublin, Ireland. Named after a poem about a haunted canal lock, The Spook play in the Irish folk tradition delving into the realms of psych, prog and post rock. Sometimes a single player, a folk trio or a full electric band, the Spook have a unique take on the idea of Irish folk rock, making the familiar sound innovative, the ancient new, and the local sound universal.

To date they have released a critically acclaimed self titled debut album on Transduction Records and played numerous concerts around Ireland, including performances at the Electric Picnic, Knockanstockan and the Hard Working Class Heroes festivals and completed a Japanese tour in February 2009.

Shifting gears effortlessly from folk to drone atmospherics to full-on psychedelic rock, the band – Allen Blighe (vocals, guitar, banjo), Donnchadh Hoey (guitar), Enda Bates (guitar, electronics), Ronan Hayes (bass) and Brian O’Higgins (drums) – have crafted a space-tinged Celtic sound that is hauntingly beautiful.

The sophomore album “The Brutal Here and Now”, recorded by veteran producer Stephen Shannon is due for release in April  on Transduction Records and shows a marked progression with songs in Irish, Italian and English and a refinement of their Irish folk rock sound.

“intergalactic Irish-tinged post-rock and sacred and secular folk” – Pop Matters

“an album that combines vitality, bold vision and vivid imagination. Time to ditch those tired old Celtic-rock retreads. This is the real stuff” – Rock and Reel

“One of the best pieces of contemporary Irish rock music we’ve heard in an age” – The Irish Times

“The best album I have heard from Ireland since Fionn Regan’s ‘The End Of History’ and like that masterpiece this a record that is exceptionally beautiful and inspired” – Americana UK

“This is as vital and progressive an Irish traditional album as there has been in the past decade” – Irish Examiner USA

“the best tunes are wrapped in the kind of guitar blizzard mostly associated with Sixteen Horsepower or early Dirty Three” – Uncut“Irish album of the year by a country mile (with hairpin bends every 15 yards), haunting doesn’t even begin to describe it” – MP3 Hugger

“Heart-pounding Pogues-esque moments, My Bloody Valentine’s fuzzy logic, indie guitar crescendos and Nick Cave’s solitary confinement rock…wonderful work” – State


Melodica Deathship

Melodica Deathship are purveyors of some of the darkest & grooviest hip hop to ever emerge from this fair land of Ireland. They have just released a new EP called ‘The Sunken Path’ which is a follow up to 2010’s acclaimed ‘Doom Your Cities, Doom Your Towns’. Both releases are wonderful and should be heard by as many people as possible.


€10 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings from WaV).


Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).