Troubadour Duke Special will be performing a post-Christmas show at the Bronte Music Club on December 28.
Duke Special, aka Peter Wilson, is a piano-based songwriter with a romantic style and a warm, distinctly accented voice; he also has distinctive long dreadlocks, eyeliner and outfits he describes as “hobo chic”.
His live performances have a theatrical style inspired by Vaudeville and music hall, and often incorporate 78s played on an old-fashioned gramophone, or sound effects from a transistor radio. He is most often accompanied by percussionist “Temperance Society” Chip Bailey, who plays cheese graters and egg whisks, a Stumpf fiddle and a Shruti box, as well as the more typical drums and cymbals. Other musicians who perform with Wilson from time to time include Paul Pilot (guitar), Réa Curran (trumpet, backing vocals, accordion), Ben Castle (clarinet, saxophone), Ben Hales (bass guitar), Gareth Williams, “Professor” Ger Eaton (keyboards), Dan Donnelly (mandoline, backing vocals) and Serge Archibald III (saxophone, “ethereal background sounds”, vibes).
His albums include Adventures in Gramophone (2005), Songs from the Deep Forest (2006), both of which were nominated for the Choice Music Prize, I Never Thought This Day Would Come (2008), Little Revolutions (2009),and Look Out Machines! (2015).
Tickets are on sale now from all usual outlets.