Duke Special has finished off his next studio album, due for release later this year and a run of solo live shows in January and February will unveil for the first time some of the material from the new album.
His tour includes a concert on Saturday, January 17 at 8pm in the Hawk’s Well Theatre. Tickets cost €15 and there is a special half-price offer for those under 18. Book through the theatre box office on 071-9161518 or online at www.hawkswell.com
Those who know Duke Special for the platinum album ‘Songs From The Deep Forest’ and the hit song ‘Freewheel’ may be surprised by the breadth of his work.
His journey so far has seen him taking on projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for the Irish Sesame Street, 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.
From presenting a documentary on the life and times of 50s megastar Ruby Murray, to being commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to write a series of original songs based on photographs for their exhibition of the photographers Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand.
From performing with orchestras such as the Ulster and RTE Concert orchestras, to making the first recording of an unfinished musical by Kurt Weill based on the novel Huckleberry Finn.