Douglas Way
Deptford, England SE8 4AG

The Duke is coming...
“...dashes of fairytale, Gershwin and orchestral swing” (The Guardian)

alternative pop soul:


Wednesday 21st November 2007
Time : 7.30pm, Tickets : £12.50
Venue : The Albany,
Douglas Way, Deptford,
London SE8 4AG

Travel : New Cross / Deptford / Deptford Bridge rail.
Map etc :

Tickets in advance via the box office:
020 8692 4446 (open 9am-9pm Monday to Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturdays) or on line via TICKETWEB

The enigmatic Duke Special, describes his unworldly charm-pop sound as "hobo-chic" plays four, hot-ticket shows across the capital in November, culminating at the amazing Albany Theatre. Having been nominated for the Choice Music Prize Award, played on Later With Jools Holland (and on the bill with Pet Shop Boys and Groove Armada in October).

This man is increasingly in demand and as the Sunday Times points out "...can't run from fame for much longer" He rounds off 2007 with shows at Wembley Arena and The Royal Albert Hall but for now, this show on Jools Holland's home turf, promises to be a gig-of-the-year type affair...

DUKE SPECIAL : A young Belfast talent whose bruised romanticism and soft Northern tinged vocals are at sharp juxtaposition with his wild dreadlocks, smudged eyeliner and unfeasibly wide trousers. He has toured with Divine Comedy, Van Morrison, Crowded House and Rufus Wainwright. A star in ascendancy which the label 'singer/songwriter' can not begin to describe.

Using cheese graters, wardrobe doors, pianos, harps, brass, strings and an old gramophone to record, the twelve-track debut ‘Adventures in Gramophone’, is truly a musical spectacular. Then 'Songs From The Deep Forest’ won critical acclaim across the board and was one of Q Magazines Top 100 of 2006. On stage, Duke Special explodes into musical mayhem the gramophone wheezes, huge cymbals clash, the egg whisks and graters break free from the kitchen, a stumpf fiddle screeches and the crushed velvet covered piano thumps and tinks in unison but its the very core of the songs, his heartfelt, passionate poems, that will remain in your head long after the lights have gone down.

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Added by artfulmtb on November 2, 2007

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