By nature, Duke Special (aka Belfast's Peter Wilson) is a curious person. He is curious about music, theatre, books, poetry, art, love, life, redemption, death and 78RPM records. All of this is evidenced by the variety of musical adventures throughout his career. He has released 14 albums and Eps, toured all over the world and has been involved in a diverse array of other projects, including writing the music for Deborah Warner’s critically acclaimed 2009 production of Mother Courage and Her Children at London’s National Theatre and being 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.
In the world of theatre, since Mother Courage, Duke has written music for four shows with Andrew Doyle: Gulliver’s Travels (BYMT, 2015), Paperboy, (BYMT, 2017), Huckleberry Finn (Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 2018), and Breadboy (BYMT 2022) and with Bob Kelly: Breakfast on Pluto (Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival, in development).
Performing live is still one of Duke Special's main passions, and over the years he has played to captive audiences across the world. Whether he performs solo, as a duo with his long-time friend and percussionist Chip Bailey, with a 3 or 4 or 5-piece band or with a string quartet or full orchestra, a Duke Special show is always a unique experience.
>>This is a seated show only.
>>Groups should arrive to venue together. Seats are not assigned and will be seated on a first come first seated basis.
>>Proof of vaccine certs are required upon arrival
>>Customers will have to wear face coverings at all times when not seated
>>The lead booker must provide details for contact tracing should it be required.
>>Please do not attend these events if you have any symptoms of COVID19 .
>>Admission subject to Covid health guidelines for indoor performances at the time of concert.
>>There is a very limited number of tickets available for these events, capacity and seating set up will depend on public health guidance at the time of the concert.
>>All concerts are over 18.
>>Lead booker must provide identification at venue.
>>Public health guidance at the time of the concert must be adhered to at all times.
>>This show has been part funded by the Department of Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media through the Live Performance Support Scheme.