As I'm more inclined to write about whatever strikes my fancy, rather than follow any pattern, the videos from the 2008 Belfast Film Festival seem like a good place to start. The festival featured the "...presentation of innovative ways to screen film...." Several videos of Duke Special's performances from April 17, 2008 exist online. The clips below are part of that performance. The first clip is well described by Orchestrate.ie.:
"He ... hosted a night at the Belfast Film Festival where he performed as a puppet of himself." [Watch the video!]
The second video below is described by old advertisement from the Film festival's site, which reads: "For this special collaboration with the Belfast Film Festival Duke Special will present a series of new songs to accompany a selection of Czech and Polish animations, early silent films and surrealist films from the 1940s. Peter will also introduce some other short films and talk about how they have inspired and influenced his visual style." [Watch the video!]
There are a few more like this from the 2008 Belfast Film Festival. For example, this video: 4/1/2008 "random". About 2:00, Duke comes on stage and begins playing a bit of discordant, but rhythmic piano. Rea Curran begins to sing. It's all off-beat. Then a woman begins to climb up some red velvet(?) curtains. Very much has a vaudeville flavor.
Some of these scenes are reminiscent of Tom Waits and Big Time, or even more experimental stage and music artists that I'm probably not aware of. But this isn't the blog entry on Tom Waits and Duke Special. There are better examples (I believe) when Duke is channeling Tom.
Later in the evening, several videos show a more conventional presentation of songs: "This Could Be My Last Day" is played with a slow-motioned dervish whirling, then a baptism cast onto the filmscreen. Monsters in the Dust is another song from the evening.
Check here for more information about the 2008 Belfast Film Festival.
*Thanks to John Bowman for a link to the Sesame Tree video.