The Way Back video Kickstarter was successful, so it looks like the film production will go forward. You can see a teaser on The Way Back Facebook page. I was fortunate enough while in Belfast to chat a bit with Paul Skillen, who wrote the storyline, and the video producer, Marie McDonald.
Duke Special is writing a song which will appear in the video.
I'm recently back from a trip to Ireland where I was able to see a couple of Duke Special performances, when he was accompanied by Paul Pilot, and Phil Wilkerson. Support included Lisa O'Neil, who was fantastic.
Mandela Hall, Belfast
This was mostly a standing-crowd, although there were a few small tables and stools at the sides of the floor. It was very LOUD - which was great. The sound really vibrated through you, especially at the front of the floor. Duke and his band (of which I'm missing two names) included Paul Pilot and Phil Wilkerson. The young bass player, Ryan McGroarty (from the Wonder Villains) was excellent. Mark Edwards played keyboard. I hope someone will send me his name as well!
They played for about two hours to an enthusiastic crowd. The set started off with Wingman with Andrew in Drag following. Duke sang Wanda, Condition, Hand of Man, Spiritual America, Domino, Nail on the Head, Statue, In a Dive, Step to the Magical, and many others that I can't remember now. For the encore, Peter sang Neil Young's Harvest Moon. Last Night I Nearly Died and Salvation Tambourine were played toward the end of the show.
I know there are videos on Youtube that I will be including in the Omeka Duke video database within the next week as I get time.
I attempted to capture a small bit of the show on my camera, but ended up burning all my memory and I had to delete everything. I did take a few 30-second clips from the next show in Dublin...
Vicar St., Dublin
The Vicar St. concert was better of the two, in my opinion. The sound and acoustics were better in Dublin. And even though the crowd was seated, everyone was REALLY into the show. No one was talking and detracting from the music. Toward the end, a number of people were up dancing at their seats as well as in front of the stage. The energy and enthusiasm of both the musicians and audience were great.
The links below lead to short, video snippets from the Vicar St. show:
Duke started the show with the song Closer to the Start.
Some songs the band did the night before were repeated including: Wingman, Andrew in Drag, Wanda, Hand of Man, In a Dive, Step to the Magical, Last Night I Nearly Died, Salvation Tambourine, Song of Alabama.
They also performed Stepping Stones, and Please Please Please. The show ended when Peter turned over his keyboard / organ!
More pictures from this concert can be seen at concert.ie.