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REAL MUSIC CLUB presents: The Orphan Brigade

  • The Duncairn Duncairn Avenue Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT14 6BP United Kingdom (map)

Doors 7.30pm, Show 8pm
Tickets £14
Ages 16+

To support their 2015 release, Soundtrack to a Ghost Story — which documented the Civil War-era history of a haunted house in Kentucky — Joshua Britt, Ben Glover, and Neilson Hubbard toured Europe, landing an invitation to explore Osimo, Italy, and the 2,500-year-old caves under its streets. The tunnels once hosted secret societies and saints who fought for God with body and soul, leaving their stories hidden within the cave walls. “When we walked into the caves, we knew immediately that we had another story full of life, death, spirituality, transformation, and mysticism," Hubbard says. That was the moment the Orphan Brigade shifted from being a one-off project to being a band. The opening strains of the Orphan Brigade's Heart of the Cave album feel ancient, sacred, and tribal. A drum beat. A shaker. A howling choir. Voices rise up in unison, chanting, "We ain't leaving but a pile of bones. We ain't leaving no more." The story begins at the end because, no matter which road we take, we all arrive at the same destination: death of the physical body. Embracing that one indelible truth takes faith and gives freedom, which is why reckoning with mortality fuels so many spiritual journeys, just as it fuels this artistic one. “The caves became the backdrop for our own inner explorations and our time in Osimo turned into a intensely personal, life-changing experience for us," Glover concludes. “We literally were going into the earth to search for these songs and, in doing so, we transcended the surface of our lives and went deep within ourselves."