The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Body & Soul

 

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Body & Soul:

They make a big noise for such a small stage, and material from two superb albums of singular folk-heavy rock helped them wake up the sleepers in Body and Soul.

They arrived with the low, guttural drone of The Ragged Rock, a "sean-nos krautrock little number", from second album The Brutal Here and Now. In Country Dark followed as solid evidence in their case for the greater inclusion of banjo in rock music.

In English and Irish (Bothar Crua Iarthar) they write expert trad tales delivered with tunes, vigour and generous use of feedback.

The Partisan, Sweeney's Frenzy, The Hare and Pimlico helped round off a solid set that in the early Saturday evening shook both body and soul.

Verdict: ****