Those who know Duke Special for the platinum album “Songs from the Deep Forest”, including the hit song “Freewheel”, or even for his forays into the world of orchestras and music theatre may be surprised by his latest incarnation.
After a chance meeting with The Shellac Collective, a like-minded group of eccentrics who are passionate about 78rpm records from bygone times, Duke and the Shellacs started to appear at the same festivals and perform together on occasions.
Now Duke has taken the plunge, and formed Duke Special’s Gramophone Club, the Irish arm of the Shellac Collective.
After a successful launch in The Liquor Rooms, Dublin and a few resident nights in Belfast, Duke Special is in full swing of his Gramophone Club and wants to spread the warm sounds of the crackling 78s amongst the nation!
If you’ve some old stylish threads in the depths of your wardrobe from a bygone era it’s time to dust them off and have them looking spiffing as you’ll want to throw them on to feel in tune with the fusion of rhythms, beats and extractions of the wondrous sounds that have come from a history of music that will be prevalent at the marvelous event!
From the decadence of the 1920’s Jazz Age, the pure glamour of the 1930’s Dance Band Era and the nostalgia of the War Years, exciting Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, Jumpin’ Jive, exotic Latin and Calypso beats through to the Rock ‘n’ Roll explosion of the 1950s, Duke Special will run the gamut of 78rpm DJ-ing!
Be prepared to swing, tap and jive your body to the sounds that Mr. Special will have in store for you!
Duke Special’s Gramophone Club will be visiting
Thursday 17 April The Spirit Store, Dundalk
Friday 18 April Sky and the Ground, Wexford
Thursday 24 April The Liquor Rooms, 5 Wellington Quay, Dublin
Friday 25 April The Sunflower Bar, 65 Union Street, BT1 2JG, Belfast
Wednesday 7 May Old Oak, 113 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork