Having toured Europe with The Divine Comedy, scored glowing reviews across the board and recently announced a major UK tour, Duke Special – the enigmatic performer with dashes of Gershwin and orchestral swing – releases his stunning new single Last Night I Nearly Died (But Woke Up Just In Time) on V2, May 21st.
Taken from the critically acclaimed album Songs from the Deep Forest, the new single is produced by Paul Wilkinson and Dave Lynch.
Available exclusively to download, the new single comes with bonus live tracks from Belfasts Ulster Hall. To coincide with the release, the critically acclaimed Irish wonder has announced an 11-date tour, opening in Southampton on May 11th and features a show at Londons Shepherds Bush Empire, May 15th. The full list of dates is overleaf.
Hailing from Belfast with a sound that is self-confessed hobo-chic, he is once heard, never forgotten. Tinged with a Northern Irish lilt and lyrics that could feature in a modern-day fairytale, Last Night I Nearly Died is the perfect balance of old and new. Boasting the appeal of a three-minute pop song with the incessant charm of an old-school music hall, its clear why he wowed audiences on Later with Jools Holland and was nominated for this years Choice Music Prize Awards – the Irish equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize.
An accomplished performer, Duke has toured with a host of artists including Rufus Wainwright and Van Morrison – one of Dukes biggest influences. My sound is a bit vagabondy, but pure and soulful too, he explains. What Im trying to put across is something thats more than just a singer-songwriter playing an instrument.
Since its release, the LP Songs From The Deep Forest has won critical acclaim across the board, including 4-star reviews from Metro and The Independent. It was also listed in Qs Top 100 albums of 2006.
Dukes forthcoming live dates are:
11th SOUTHAMPTON, The Brook
12th GLASGOW, Oran Mor
13th MANCHESTER, Academy 3
14th CARDIFF, Point
15th LONDON, Shepherds Bush Empire
16th BIRMINGHAM, Academy 2
17th LEEDS, Irish Centre
18th EXETER, Lemon Grove
21st CORK, Savoy
22nd DUBLIN, Vicar Street seated
23rd DUBLIN, Vicar Street standing
24th GALWAY, Town Hall Theatre