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Belfast artist with a unique sound, Duke Special is often referred to as “vaudeville.” His songs are shaped by an omnipresent piano, harps, brass, strings and—his trademark on stage—an old gramophone. The result are very romantic and passionate little hymns with the Duke’s soft vocals.
Since the release of Songs From The Deep Forest, Duke Special has toured across Ireland, the UK and Europe.From headlining a packed-to-the-rafters Shepherds Bush Empire in London to stage diving at Electric Picnic, hosting five nights back-to-back at Belfast’s Empire Music Hall to appearing as a special guest performer at the Cannes Film Festival, being twice nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Album of the year, Duke Special has come further than he ever imagined he might. Duke Special’s immense creative talents have seen him writing the theme tune for Sesame Tree—the Northern Ireland edition of Sesame Street—where he also got to sing with The Muppets in the final episode. He recently created a night of song and theatre in the Spiegeltent for the Dublin Fringe Festival and performed his songs accompanied by a 60 piece strong RTE Symphony Orchestra at a sold out show in Dublin’s National Concert Hall.
His new project: A Book, The Stage & The Silver Screen has just been released as a triple CD set.