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.
Duke released new album Hallow, a collection of songs based on poems by Belfast contemporary poet Michael Longley, in October 2017. He played the new material for the first time live in Ireland in October and on a UK tour in November & December. As ever, Duke Special is mining a new seam of inspiration, always trying to get to the bottom of what it means to be human.
Those who know Duke Special for the platinum album ‘Songs From The Deep Forest’, and the hit song ‘Freewheel’, may be surprised by the cultural breadth of his work. His immense creative talents have seen him involved in 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.