Duke Special released his new album I Never Thought This Day Would Come in Ireland on Friday October 17, 2008 to rave reviews and critical acclaim. Featuring the lead singles â€˜Sweet Sweet Kissesâ€™ and â€˜Those Proverbs We Made In The Winter Must Endâ€™ This is an album for sleepwalkers, skeletons and gravediggers, for those who have fallen so far down they can taste the soil between their teeth.
To coincide with this album release Duke Special will embark on an Irish tour this March and will be performing a special all ages show in Vicar St. on March 25th.
A more immediate and visceral collection than the previous multi platinum selling Songs From The Deep Forest, the new albumâ€™s many moments of beauty and hope are juxtaposed with a dark, brooding edge- the trademark twist of the Duke.
Recorded between Wapping, London; Champaign, Illinois and Culleybackey, Northern Ireland, I Never Thought This Day Would Come was produced by long-time collaborator Paul Pilot and mixed by Nick Terry, best known for his work with the Klaxons and The Libertines.
In a deliberate attempt to push outwards, Duke Special undertook many writing collaborations for this album including sessions with Daniel Benjamin – drummer with German punk band Jumbo Jet, Paul Pilot, Phil Wilkinson and Bernard Butler. The wind, brass and percussion of the RTE Symphony Orchestra, under the stewardship of the inimitable David Brophy, add a swirling carnival flavour to the proceedings.
Since the release of Songs From The Deep Forest, Duke Special has toured sold out shows across Ireland, the UK and Europe. From headlining a packed-to-the-rafters Shepherds Bush Empire in London to stage diving at Electric Picnic, hosting five sell out nights back-to-back at Belfastâ€™s Empire Music Hall to appearing as a special guest performer at the Cannes Film Festival, Duke Special has come further than he ever imagined he might. Crowded House invited him along on their first tour in ten years, he gave a little known Welsh singer called Duffy her first ever shows, guested for the legendary Ray Davies in London and performed at The Irish Film Boards Oscar Wilde event in LA.
Duke Specialâ€™s immense creative talents have seen him writing the theme tune for Sesame Tree – the Northern Ireland edition of Sesame Street – where he also got to sing with The Muppets in the final episode. He has hosted a night at the Belfast Film Festival where he performed as a puppet of himself. He recently created a night of song and theatre in the Spiegeltent for the Dublin Fringe Festival and performed his songs accompanied by a 60 piece strong RTE Symphony Orchestra at a sold out show in Dublinâ€™s National Concert Hall.
Duke Special is the fucked up ringmaster of a broken down circus, the lead dancer in a forgotten ballroom of ghosts, the loudest singer in a midnight choirand the first on his knees in an old time revival tent.
Live @ Vicar St. March 25th
(all ages show) tickets â‚¬23
Tickets on sale tomorrow @ 10am!
Booking Line: 0818 719 390
PHOTOS BY Â©FABRIZIO BELLUSCHI / FAME INC