Coughlans, Cork (January 22, 2015)
De Barras, Clonkilty (January 23, 2015)
Garter Lane Arts Centre (January 24, 2015)
"Last night (January 24 in Waterford) was magic. Duke solo. Very few older original songs, a few of the "photograph" tunes, a slew of tunes from his upcoming new album "Lookout! Machines", and some covers, including two Ivor Cutler tunes played on an harmonium and a duet of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon". The audience was invited onstage, (and a good few accepted the offer), and we were treated to an encore that was mainly unamplified. The venue's acoustics sounded kind of "dead"-almost recording studio style, and it sounded amazing: a room like that allows the FOH engineer for any act to get the sound they want, I would imagine. Adam did a fantastic job. The gig was entirely sold out, too, and the audience was attentive, appreciative, and were genuinely listening. The venue's staff were polite and helpful, too.
There was much craic pre-and-post gig, but that ain't gig-related and it isn't necessary to discuss here.
Thanks to beautiful Deyana Petrova for joining me, and to the venue staff, the post-gig house crew for their generosity, and to Adam, who did a great job with the FOH sound, and, of course, to Peter Wilson, who displayed the finest of vocal performances I've heard for a while; and for treating us, as he always does, like we're family.
Whopping gig, full of surprises, as a Duke Special gig usually is.
If one defines an artist as someone with an urge to create, and who follows his muse wherever it takes him, then Duke Special is an artist in the true sense, and is comparable only to the likes of the great Neil Young in terms of the breadth of the ambition of the diversity of his art."