Thursday, May 02, 2013

FOLLOWING the release of his latest album Oh Pioneer and a sold out Irish tour earlier in the year, Duke Special is due to play a run of December dates including one in The Forum on December 5.

Duke will perform songs from the new album as well as a selection of hits, rarities and sing-along tunes in his own inimitable style.

You’ll know Duke Special, of course, from catchy, radio-friendly songs such as Freewheel and Last Night I Nearly Died. You’ll know him also from his Choice Music Prize nominations (2005’s Adventures in Gramophone, 2006’s Songs From The Deep Forest) and his three Meteor Music Award nominations.

What you may not be aware of, however, is the vast array of other work he has been up to since his 2008 album, I Never Thought This Day Would Come. In the past three years, the Duke has put his singular artistic imprint on five albums: Little Revolutions Volume 1 & 2, The Stage, A Book & The Silver Screen, and Under The Dark Cloth (a record inspired by the works of pioneering American photographers Paul Strand, Edward Steichen and Alfred Stieglitz).

It is clear that Duke Special is someone who finds creative nourishment in all aspects of the art and literary world. Without any compromises, Oh Pioneer charts its own steady course. Duke Special wouldn’t want it any other way. “I would much rather keep on doing what I’m doing like this – and be skint – until the day I die,” he states. “Absolutely, and without hesitation – I’ve no genuine interest in chasing commercial success. I’d love what I do to be successful on its own merit, of course, but I’m in it for the long haul.”

Tickets for the Waterford gig are €17.50 and are on sale now at Next Door (Forum), (051)871111 and www.forumwaterford.com.

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