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The Co. Meath musician based in Dublin has released a video for The 13th Lock. After speaking to Robert John Ardiff last week in a Q&A about his latest and very successful EP A Whistle in the Dark, we were excited to hear a new video was iminent, and shocked at the fast pace this artist works at – a testament to the Irish songwriter’s talent and passion for his music.

The 13th Lock, featured on A Whistle in the Dark, is in fact a cover of a traditional Irish song originally performed by the late Frank Harte (1933-2005). The song, described by Ardiff as “a murder ballad”, is a haunting tune, referencing the Grand Canal at every twist and turn: “We should sight the shore of Inchicore / Then ho! for the Thirteenth Lock“; “In the bay of Dolphin’s Barn’ / Then the skipper quick gave a mighty kick“.

Shot between Dolphin’s Barn Bridge and The Camac, the eerie video – directed by Eoin Heaney – is as atmospheric as they come, taking you on a nighttime journey to The 13th Lock. Take a look for yourself…

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