Just breaking a few hours ago was news that Peter will be contributing a song to a new short film to be produced in Belfast:
Watch this space for news and updates of the next performances by Duke Special. Tour dates coming up:
April 15 2015 - Gloucester Guildhall (Gloucester)
April 16 2015 - The Met (Bury)
April 17 2015 - Electric Circus (Edinburgh)
---Duke talked about how he loves the resurgence of Vinyl. Artwork, better way to present the music. The host played Wingman from vinyl. Peter mentioned that this was the first time he's had a chance to listen to the new album on vinyl. After the song, he talked about how he was able to write with other people on the album, and enjoyed it. Way to grow as a song writer, pressure of working with others is helpful. Phil, Boo, Gary Clark, Ian Archer. With Gary wrote the song Look Out Machines.
Able to play with friends, his “band of brothers.” Talk about Gramophone and how he’s released records on 78 speed. Now releasing a few wax cylinders – the first recording format by Thomas Edison.
Then played “Statues” from the new album. Peter talked about the album art and how he’s lately been into old Science Fiction comics like Buck Rogers, so there’s a flavor of that in the cover. He's now writing for the play Gulliver’s Travels, who was inspired by Napoleon’s Nose near Belfast. This is the main project after the tour.
Then there was more of an overall discussion with everyone on the set about albums.--
"Really enjoyed seeing Peter again last night. I was a bit surprised he didn't use the gig to showcase the new album a bit more. He only performed four songs from it. The set list included an unusual mix of his back catalogue and a lot of cover versions (The magnetic fields, Neil Young, Ivor Cutler, Kurt Weill ).
The show was shorter than the norm for him as the venue had a strict cut off time. I managed to film some songs which I will upload to YouTube but the place was quite dark and crowded with a noisy bar and I developed a bad case of camera shake but I'm still happy enough with the results. I spoke to Peter after the gig, actually he came to me saying "hello John, good to see you again" which I was chuffed about as a number of others were waiting to meet him. I gave him a bottle of wine with home made labels congratulating him on the release of Look Out Machines. I have attached a couple of pics of the bottle."
April 18 2015 - Oran Mor (Glasgow)
April 19 2015 - The Sage Gateshead (Gateshead)
"Last night's gig at The Sage in Gateshead was a real one off. It started with an apology. The main man stood by one of his three pianos and explained that he was struggling with throat problems but didn't want to cancel the gig, so he had a plan if we were prepared to go along with it....
Copies of his two song books were passed amongst the audience with a pen, and anyone who wanted to have a go could put their name next to a song they'd like to sing, with Duke accompanying them on piano.
As the books made their way around the auditorium, he started on his set and tested the water as far as his voice went. He managed some new songs, old songs and some Ivor Cutler covers interspersed with swigs of a hot toddy, before calling on the first audience member for Slip Of A Girl. The gig continued as a mix of Duke singing and audience participation. Songs involving crowd members also included Everbody Wants A Little Something, Mockingbird, Why Does Anybody Love?, Our Love Goes Deeper Than This and covers of The Book of Love (Magnetic Fields) and Shipbuilding (Elvis Costello), the latter led by Support Act She Makes War on Ukelele smile emoticon
Post gig, a few more songs were aired on the other piano in the venue foyer.
A brilliant event all round, with some fine performances from some very brave people! I always expect the unexpected at Duke Special gigs but this one was truly unique!"
A review of the show was published by Nemblog, "Duke Special at Sage, Gateshead on 19th April 2015."
Promised a mixture of old and new songs, the opening track ‘Domino’, from the recently released Look Out Machines! was followed swiftly by a version of possibly the greatest song ever composed, Sam Cooke’s moving civil rights anthem ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ and, from the sublime to the sublimely ridiculous, The Magnetic Fields’ ode to cross-dressing, ‘Andrew in Drag’, dedicated to anyone in the audience named Andrew or, indeed, anyone in drag.