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Duke Special - Hallow

Seamus Heaney described his friend, the poet Michael Longley, as: 'a keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders'.  On this very special tour, Duke Special will be performing songs and music based on the poetry of this influential and renowned Belfast writer.  Longley's poems are full of gentleness, honesty, mischief and love and are peppered with a cast of artists, animals, flowers, friends and long forgotten soldiers.  As ever, Duke Special is mining a new seam of inspiration, hunting for treasures and what it means to be a human being.

Many people are aware of Duke's platinum album ‘Songs From The Deep Forest’, and the hit song ‘Freewheel’, but many may be surprised by the cultural breadth of his other work. His creative talents have seen him involved in projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for the Irish Sesame Street to writing the music for and appearing in Deborah Warner’s critically acclaimed 2009 production of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ at London’s National Theatre. He has presented a documentary on the life of '50s megastar Ruby Murray, has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to write a series of original songs based on photographs for their exhibition of the photographers Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand. He has performed with orchestras such as the Ulster and RTE Concert Orchestras and has finished an unfinished musical by Kurt Weill based on Huckleberry Finn.

Tickets on sale Friday 7 July at 10am.

Commissioned by Strollers Touring Network.

Duke Special will be supported by Derry singer/songwriter, Chris McConaghy, aka Our Krypton Son.

His self-titled debut album was produced by Sam Williams (Supergrass, The GO Team) and released in 2013 to great acclaim. McConaghy has shared the stage with acts including Snow Patrol, Hozier, DEUS, Two Door Cinema Club, Alabama 3 and performed coveted slots at T, Vital and Other Voices in Dingle.

"Echoes Of Neil Hannon, Scott Walker, Magnetic Fields & Leonard Cohen" - The Irish News

"A textured, thoughtful and beautiful piece of work from start to finish" - Hotpress