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Why Duke Special?
I first became familiar with a bit of Duke Special's music in the summer of 2014, after Maurice Kinkead of EastSide Arts published the URLs for videos of several East Belfast musicians. They were all interesting, but for me this fellow stood out. His video, for “Domino,” was intriguing for several reasons: the strange little pump organ (harmonium) he was playing, his presentation with dreadlocks and eyeliner, a straightforward, simple delivery of a beautiful song, set in the drawing room of Harland & Wolfe, (builders of the Titanic). [Also read the blog entry, Duke Special's Domino from 11/5/2014.]
After looking a bit more into his music, I found a variety of work that spanned several albums and interesting projects that drew from an eclectic body of art – from popular hits, Huckleberry Finn and Americana, to Berthold Brecht, Kurt Weill, vaudeville, photography, early jazz and blues. So yeah, add some eyeliner, and good sense of song writing, and you've got a bit of interesting fun!
This site is my attempt to explore and chronicle his music.
For a more traditional overview of Duke Special and his work, there's a Wikipedia page, as well as his official site.