Duke Special performs at Spirit Store along with special guest Stewart Agnew

Critically acclaimed artist takes to stage on Friday the 8th of June in local venue

Critically acclaimed artist takes to stage on Friday the 8th of June in local venue

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 vaudevilleesque sensibility, sing-a-longs and addictive melodies. “My sound is a bit vagabondy, but pure and soulful too,” he explains.

His critically-acclaimed 2006 album ‘Songs From The Deep Forest’ achieved platinum status in Ireland and received plaudits across the board.

When he’s not busy in the recording studio, Duke is to be found out on the road bringing his inimitable live show to appreciative audiences across the world. As well as extensive tours of the UK, Ireland and Europe, live highlights of the past few years include curating and headlining his very own one-day festival, DUKEBOX in Custom House Square, in the heart of Belfast, hosting a night at the Belfast Film Festival where he performed as a puppet of himself, performing his songs accompanied by 60-piece orchestras in Dublin and Belfast, and numerous festival appearances, including Glastonbury, Latitude, Greenbelt, Electric Picnic and Oxygen. Not forgetting headline shows in New York and Washington, Dubai, and supporting the likes of Paolo Nutini in Paris, Duffy in Copenhagen and Snow Patrol in Belfast. He even found time to learn to swordfight for an on- stage showdown and piano-duel in Dublin with his long time nemesis, Neil Hannon.

Duke takes to the stage on Friday the 8th of June. Doors open at 8.30pm and the show kicks off with specail guest Stewart Agnew at 9pm and then Duke Special himself at9.45pm.

Tickets cost €21.50 (including booking fee) and are available online at http://www.spiritstore.ie, at the Spirit Store (042) 935 2697, or at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk (042) 939 4900.