Duke Special

Sat 27th July 2019

8:00 pm

St John's Church, Battery Road, Longford

Ticket Price: €20

Student Price: €17

Many people are aware of Duke Special’s platinum album ‘Songs From The Deep Forest’, and the hit song ‘Freewheel’, but many may be surprised by the cultural breadth of his other work. His 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. He has presented a documentary on the life of ’50s megastar Ruby Murray and has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to write a series of original songs based on photographs for their exhibition of the photographers Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand.

Recently he joined forces with stand-up comedian Andrew Doyle and together they brought a brand new musical adaptation of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ to the Lyric Theatre in his native Belfast, a production created by the team behind the West End smash hit Once the Musical!

In 2016 he was appointed as the Artist In Residence at the Lyric Theatre and as part of this residency, he worked on writing a musical adaptation of Huckleberry Finn, based on songs written by Kurt Weill, which will premiere in 2018. The end of the residency was marked by 3 intimate shows at the Lyric in December, performing some of his new works and old favourites with some special guests, including Ben Castle and Barry Hyde from Futureheads.

Duke Special has also recently launched a new subscription-based fan-funding website called Advocate, where fans can sign up to gain access to a variety of exclusive packages for a monthly subscription. Packages start with an exclusive Twitter feed for £1 a month to rare live recordings, demos, interviews and fan packs full of exciting Duke memorabilia. There are also one-off purchases available including house concerts and song-writing sessions. These can all be found at www.advocateduke.com

Duke has recently released his new album Hallow, a collection of songs based on poems by Belfast contemporary poet Michael Longley.

Support by Good Strangers

Good Strangers, formed in 2017, are a musical project consisting of vocalists Conor Quinn and Niamh Kirby who work with a large collective of musicians, producers and friends and collaborate with them to give a constantly shifting sound.

Early 2018 releases ‘Throwing Knives In The Dark’ and ‘Visions In The Dark’ had a distinctively electronic feel. Upcoming releases however, as a result of a year of intensive writing and soul searching, are moving towards a harmony rich folk/rock sound. The next single ‘Give Me A Reason To Stay’ will be released this summer and is an upbeat summer anthem with a dark undercurrent that pulls at the heart strings.

Having toured Europe extensively with previous band ‘White Chalk’, Conor and Niamh are excited to live on the road again with ‘Good Strangers’ and their collective of friends and collaborators. Conor’s passion for the music he writes shines throughout. Combining this passion with Niamh’s rich harmonies, along with the contributions of various musicians to the project, Good Strangers deliver a sound that grabs the attention of a wide ranging audience across all genres.

Influences include Fleetwood Mac, The B-52s, The War On Drugs, Arcade Fire, Kate Bush, Leslie Feist, and The National to name a few.

Various Event Tickets are also available at our Festival Office: 14 Dublin Street, Longford. For more information call Sharon on 043 3344004

More Info on Duke Special


“Magically uplifting” – Evening Standard

“Duke is in a world of his own” – Independent

“This is music of magic and soul” – The Telegraph

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

“Emotive and endearing” – GQ

“Like fellow timeless travellers Arcade Fire and prime Van Morrison the songs favour an otherworldly orchestral arrangement” – Clash

“The duke’s cowboy-gone-vaudeville dreampop is pitched between Rufus Wainwright and The Divine Comedy” – Uncut