Duke Special is an artist aptly named. Dynamic, musically ambitious and bracingly eccentric, he’s right on cue to charm Britain with his inimitable style and lush musicality. Hailing from Belfast with a sound that is self-confessed “hobochic”, Duke Special – AKA the endlessly inventive Peter Wilson – is once heard, never forgotten.
A tour de force on vinyl, he’s equally vibrant on stage. Often joined by a small collective of eccentric musicians – Temperance Society Chip Bailey (drums /percussion), Councillor Réa Curran (trumpet/ harmonium) and Morris-Dancing Ben Hales (guitar/backing vocals) – the performance easily matches the music for sheer grandeur and individuality.
In your average show you can expect Peter’s balmy vocals and dreadlocked persona to be accompanied by the theatrics of an old gramophone, a velvet-encased piano, Stumpf fiddles and collection of makeshift instruments, all of which bring the soul of Duke Special to life.
He’s also shared a stage with a host of artists including Rufus Wainwright and Van Morrison a big influence on Duke. "What I’m trying to put across is something that’s more than just a singer-songwriter playing his songs. I want it to be a show that moves people, but also entertains them too."
Date: Thursday 11th September
Venue: Highlands Hotel, Main Street, Glenties, Co. Donegal
For tickets or further information:
Tel: +353 (0)86 2287376
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