Lūmināre Presents Duke Special

Lūmināre Presents Duke Special

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St Augustines

Palace Street


BT48 6PP

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Dynamic, musically ambitious & bracingly eccentric, with his inimitable style and lush musicality.

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Lūmināre proudly presents: An evening with Duke Special

& Special Guests Rory Nellis

Show Start 7.30pm (Doors - 7pm) // Price - £20.00 +bf

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Due to the intimate nature of this show tickets will be strictly limited


Duke Special is an artist aptly named. Dynamic, musically ambitious & bracingly eccentric, with his inimitable style and lush musicality. Hailing from Belfast with a sound that is self-confessed “hobo-chic”, Duke Special - AKA the endlessly inventive Peter Wilson - is once heard, never forgotten. Blissfully at home in his own alluring genre of beautifully bruised romanticism, Duke Special inhabits a world unlike any other - a world filled with vaudeville-esque sensibility, sing-a-longs and addictive melodies .

Those who know him for the platinum album “Songs from the deep forest”, including the hit song “Freewheel” and other radio mainstays like “Sweet sweet kisses” and “Last night I nearly died” may be surprised by the breadth of his work. Duke Special’s immense creative talents have seen him involved in projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for Sesame Tree (the Northern Ireland edition of Sesame Street where he also got to sing with The Muppets) to writing the music for and appearing in Deborah Warner’s critically acclaimed 2009 production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children at London’s National Theatre. He then recorded an album of the twelve songs from the play, which was to form part of his ambitious project for 2010 - the release of a 3 CD box-set, The Stage, A Book & The Silver Screen. This box-set also included a 5-track EP called Huckleberry Finn, the first ever recording of an unfinished musical written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson based on the Mark Twain classic, and the album The Silent World of Hector Mann, featuring 12 songs based on The Book of Illusions by contemporary American author Paul Auster.

Rory Nellis

As masters of their craft go, Rory Nellis takes some beating. The Belfast-based singer-songwriter's output has spanned harmonic-laden alt-pop, slow-burning folk and far beyond on its way to become something uniquely vital. With his third album, Written and Underlined, he underscores his status as easily one of the country's most versatile and visionary musical voices.

Rory has been writing and performing since he was a teenager, gaining support from the likes of BBC Radio Ulster (Across The Line, The Arts Show, Electric Mainline and Ralph McLean),RTE 2FM, Hot Press Magazine and The Irish News.

Rory has toured all around Ireland and beyond - playing festivals and venues such as The Limelight (Belfast), The Atlantic Sessions, Other Voices (Dingle), Whelan’s (Dublin) and The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville).

Nellis’s second album, There Are Enough Songs in the World, was widely acclaimed, seeing him being heralded as “One of Ireland’s most naturally gifted songsmiths” by The Thin Air. As Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody put it at the time: “the music is sweeping. There's magic in it”.

Rory’s songwriting is filled with flowing melodies and honest, self-reflective lyrics as he aims to strike a balance between serious and playful: tense and relaxed. What comes out is an effortless flow of wonderful noises, poignant sentiments and earworming hooks which you are guided through by Rory’s emotive voice .

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