Duke Special is an artist aptly named. Dynamic, musically ambitious & bracingly eccentric, with his inimitable style and lush musicality. Hailing from Belfast with a sound that is self-confessed “hobo-chic”, Duke Special – AKA 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.
On June 18th, Duke Special will be releasing his first new “commercial” music album ‘Oh Pioneer’ since “I Never Thought This Day Would Come” in 2008. Of his new record Duke has this to say;
“Standing on the edge of releasing 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”.”
It is these ingredients and more importantly Duke’s lyrical and song craftsmanship that makes ‘Oh Pioneer’ such a joy to listen. Highlights include ‘Stargazers of the World Unite’, ‘Little Black Fish’, ‘How I Learned To Love The Sun’ and of course ‘Punch Of A Friend’ which is available as a free digital download via his website, www.dukespecial.com.
In support of ‘Oh Pioneer’ Duke will be heading out on an extensive tour this May across the UK.
Tue 15 May Birmingham Glee Club
Wed 16 May Nottingham Glee Club
Thu 17 May Stockton ARC
Fri 18 May Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre
Sat 19 May Glasgow Oran Mor
Sun 20 May Leeds The Wardrobe
Mon 21 May Cardiff Glee Club
Tue 22 May Colchester Colchester Arts Centre
Thu 24 May London Union Chapel
Fri 25 May Manchester Deaf Institute
Sun 27 May Norwich Open
Mon 28 May Exeter Exeter Phoenix
Tue 29 May Brighton Komedia