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 Post subject: Duke Special
PostPosted: 28 Jul 2007, 11:54 
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One of my favourite artists. Duke Special is a singer songwriter from Northern Ireland. Beautiful songs and voice and also hugely entertaining live - aided and abetted by his totally unique drummer/percusionist (cheese graters, egg-whisks stumpf-fiddle.... etc etc)

http://www.myspace.com/dukespecial http://www.dukespecial.com

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PostPosted: 29 Jul 2007, 12:35 
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I've just heard that I've won tix to see Duke Special (and David Ford) at the ICA in London tonight. Off to London soon!

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Congratulations Martin, have a great time :D

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PostPosted: 29 Jul 2007, 15:44 
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Thanks Kaz. Two of my favourite artists on one bill - has to be good!

Rapid response required though. Got the email notification at 11.41 - had to get ready, catch the 15.00 train from Doncaster (which I'm now on) then have to drop my bag off in the office in London ready for tomorrow at work - then get to the ICA for 7pm.

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Oooh, hope you have a great time! :) Congrats on winning.

I saw Duke Special in London (Shepherds Bush) a few months ago too. I haven't really heard much of his stuff but my boyfriend is a fan so I went with him. But anyway, it was very good. The drummer (I think?) is pretty entertaining with all his kitchen utensils. ;)

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Excellent gig - well worth the 'running around' all afternoon. Even better being free (and 10 free iTunes downloads too!)

I get to see David Ford the next two Wednesdays as well.

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Duke Special - what a guy.

Unfortunate I don't like Crowded House enough otherwise I would go to see him supporting them.

He is magnificent live.


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poppy wrote:
Duke Special - what a guy.

Unfortunate I don't like Crowded House enough otherwise I would go to see him supporting them.

He is magnificent live.


Tend to agree. To me, Crowded House are definitely ok but nothing that says "Wow!" Best to stick to Duke's own shows - which never fail to disappoint.

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One of my next year's resolutions will be to see the Duke live. I love his album.

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New Duke London dates just announced..

"We're thrilled to announce that following the success of the 5 unique nights at the Belfast Empire, Duke Special is bringing his series of re-interpretations of his songs to 4 different London venues in November.

He kicks off at Vince Power's new Vaudeville – themed sumptuous club in Piccadilly, moves on to the home of experimental audiovisual work at the Camden Roundhouse, heads West for Music Hall madness at Bush Hall, and finishes South of the River with his Big band;"

Nov 18th - The Pigalle - Vaudeville night
http://www.vpmg.net/pigalle/
0845 3456053 0870 1660424 http://www.thepigalleclub.com

Nov 19th - Roundhouse Studio - "Solo et Lumiere"
http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/studios/pr ... rses/music
0207 403 3331 0871 2200 260 http://www.gigsandtours.com

Nov 20th - Bush Hall - Music Hall night
http://www.bushhallmusic.co.uk/
0207 403 3331 0871 2200 260 http://www.gigsandtours.com

Nov 21st - The Albany - Big Band night
http://www.thealbany.org.uk/
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Can't make any of those - time or finance wise but am going to see him before the year is out :D :D :D


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Leicester Charlotte on Saturday 8th December?

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MCGlentworth wrote:
Leicester Charlotte on Saturday 8th December?

No sadly not.

Oxford midweek for me :D

I think I'm destined never to go to The Charlotte :roll:


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Hooray! I'm going to the Bush Hall gig on the 20th. I've been meaning to check it out as a venue for ages, one of my colleagues says it's the size of a cupboard and has really great acoustics. Plus, it's just round the corner from where my husband works.

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Well, what can I say? He was amazing. He shuttled between the actual stage and a baby grand that was plonked right in the middle of the hall, which we had taken care to stand next to. He had audience participation! He handed out song sheets and got us all to sing along with all sorts of things, including his own songs (the chorus of 'Everybody Wants A Little Something') and an insane, honky-tonk version of the Kaiser Chiefs' 'I Predict a Riot' complete with Dixieland jazz-style clarinet. He also rolled out a Kurt Weill song I've never heard (and I'm a massive Kurt Weill fan), called 'Catfish'. The most impressive thing he did was to set a musical box going and then play(and sing) along with it - and I don't know if the piano had been tuned to the musical box, but it was all in tune and fitted with the music. Amazing.

The support band, Songdog, were jolly good too. The lead singer is Welsh and they have a song about Porthcawl Beach, which is near where I grew up! In the encore he reappeard and sang a sweet acoustic version of The Clash's 'Janie Jones', with the Duke on piano and backing vocals. Awesome.

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