Time: Doors 7.30pm & Show 8pm
Dublin experimental folk-rock band The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock expand to an 18-piece electric guitar orchestra to launch their new album Lockout in the beautiful surrounds of the Pepper Canister Church. Performing alongside the Spook are special guests, vocal harmony group, Landless.
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. At its height over 100,000 Dubliners endured food scarcity, with employers refusing to follow government recommendations for a fair compromise. They successfully broke the strike, starving employees back to work, and refusing to reinstate those whose jobs were taken by ‘scab’ labour.
Inspired by the recent centenary, Lockout matches Irish traditional sounds with a powerful wall of electric guitars, creating a dramatic spectacle which climaxes with Larkin’s immortal call to arms: “The great only appear great because we are on our knees: Let us arise!”.
For a special track Suffrage, the Spooks are joined by Katie Kim on vocals as they celebrate the 2018 centenary of the women’s right to vote. The song tells the story of how Markievicz and the Suffragette movement fed the starving workers and families in the kitchen of Liberty hall.
Lockout gives insight into the state of the Ireland today in the decade of centenaries. It strives to reflect the anxiety and anger of then and now, and the cynicism and hope of these times of upheaval.
A rousing musical evening, not to be missed!