DUKE SPECIAL

DUKE SPECIAL

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Duke Special is dynamic, musically ambitious & bracingly eccentric, with his inimitable style and lush musicality. Hailing from Belfast, he is a fervent performer who harks back to a pre-rock ’n’ roll era, with dashes of Gershwin and orchestral swing, all tinged with a Northern Irish lilt and poetic lyrics that could feature in a modern-day fairytale

Biography

Blissfully at home in his own alluring genre of beautifully bruised romanticism, Duke Special inhabits a world unlike any other - a world filled with vaudeville-esque sensibility, sing-a-longs and addictive melodies

His immense creative talents have seen him involved in projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for Sesame Tree (the Northern Ireland edition of Sesame Street where he also got to sing with The Muppets) to writing the music for and appearing in Deborah Warner’s critically acclaimed 2009 production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children at London’s National Theatre. He then recorded an album of the twelve songs from the play, which was to form part of his ambitious project for 2010 - the release of a 3 CD box-set, The Stage, A Book & The Silver Screen.

More recently, he has presented a TV documentary for RTE in Ireland on the life and times of 50s megastar Ruby Murray, followed by 2 orchestral concerts of Duke’s interpretations of Ruby’s songs and the release of a charity single.

Another unusual project for Duke was a show commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for their exhibition on the photographers Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand, which he performed in the Museum’s Concert Hall in March. And while in the USA he also performed a series of concerts in fans’ houses, as well as shows in Washington DC and Philadelphia.

Duke Special is a fervent performer who harks back to a pre-rock ’n’ roll era, with dashes of Gershwin and orchestral swing, all tinged with a Northern Irish lilt and poetic lyrics that could feature in a modern-day fairytale; the perfect balance of old and new - boasting the appeal of a three-minute pop song with the incessant charm of an old-school music hall.