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One of Ireland’s most successful musical exports, Duke Special follows a highly successful Irish solo Tour and a great night at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire with his first UK solo tour of the UK.
From The Muppets on Sesame Tree to Mother Courage at the National Theatre, from Huckleberry Finn and mysterious silent movie stars to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the career of the inimitable Duke Special has been, to say the least, a varied and unpredictable one.
Duke Special is an artist aptly named. Dynamic, musically ambitious & bracingly eccentric, with his inimitable style and lush musicality the endlessly inventive Peter Wilson - is once heard, never forgotten. 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.
While putting the finishing touches to his newest studio album, “Oh Pioneer, he REFLECTED;
"Standing on the edge of recording a new album is a daunting task. Behind you are the sessions and songs you have recorded previously, some popular, some well known, some dear to your own heart but not celebrated, some completely overlooked... ahead are other peoples' expectations, your own hopes for the record, the worry of shitty reviews, paying the bills and so on but... I love the adventure.
"Wooden Fingers Puppet Theatre Company, The Bank of Ideas, a banned Iranian children's book about a fish, a pirate who wants to retire, a bar man who hears people's stories whether he likes it or not, the human condition and late night conversations with friends on the roof of the 'Oh Yeah' building about your dreams are just a few of the ingredients to go into "Oh Pioneer".”
Duke has beenback out on the road again this summer introducing his latest musical creation “Oh Pioneer” to live audiences around the UK, Ireland and Europe. He is RECENTLY CURATED an eclectic festival of events and live performancesin a week of shows at the Mac Theatre in Belfast, including performances by The Blockheads, The Futureheads and Cathy Davey, culminating in a very special live show of his own.
Between bouts of touring he is working on 2 new musicals, details of which will be announced in due course. He is indeed a fervent performer harking 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.