Duke Special will return to popular quayside venue the Spirit Store this Saturday, August 3 with tickets, costing €16 on sale now.
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.
“Some people have been asking me where have I been and what have I been doing,” says Duke Special, “but I’ve actually been very busy.”
He’s right about that. In the past three years, the Duke has put his singular artistic imprint on five albums.
It is clear that Duke Special is someone who finds creative nourishment in all aspects of the art and literary world.
“It’s been a rich journey, for certain, and I wouldn’t have done it any other way.
“In terms of where I am with this record, it is in a crude sense the next studio album. In a linear sense, however, it’s just the next thing I wanted to do.”
Tickets to Duke’s show are available online at www.spiritstore.ie, from the venue and McAteer’s Food House.