Duke Special

VISUAL presents DUKE SPECIAL for Taylorfest
8pm – Saturday – 20th September
Tickets: €20
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VISUAL Carlow
Old Dublin Road, Carlow
(059) 917 2400
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Duke Special
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.
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Of all the conceivable musical contributors to Taylorfest, Duke Special, with his longstanding interest the silent era, is the most apt. An Irishman who’s album The Silent World of Hector Mann explores the world of fictional silent film star Hector Mann from Paul Auster’s 2002 novel The Book of Illusions. Indeed, his interest in milieu extends to producing an EP entitled Huckleberry Finn, based on the work by Mark Twain. Taylorfest veterans will recall the screening of Taylor’s 1920 film version of the story; the first ever screen adaptation.
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Those who know Duke Special for the platinum album ‘Songs from the Deep Forest‘, including the hit song ‘Freewheel’ may be surprised by the breadth of his work. Duke Special’s immense creative talents have seen him involved in some hugely diverse projects for theatre, art and television over the last few years. Duke is now busy writing his next album though due for release in 2015 and will go into the studio to start recording soon.
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“ ..his epic battles of the heart and tussles with the bottle are served up with stylish theatrical dressings”  UNCUT

“Sumptuous, symphonic pop anthem, courtesy of dreadlocked Irishman who sounds like The Flaming Lips crossed with Rufus Wainwright” Q
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