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Duke Special


By nature Duke Special (aka Belfast's Peter Wilson) is a curious person. He is curious about music, theatre, books, poetry, art, love, life, redemption, death, 78RPM records and most recently, gardening! All of this is evidenced by the variety of musical adventures throughout his 16 year-career. He has released many records and toured all over the world, but his creative talents have seen him involved in a diverse array of other projects, including writing the music for Deborah Warner’s critically acclaimed 2009 production of ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ at London’s National Theatre and being 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. His most recent studio album, 'Hallow' is a beautiful collection of songs entirely based on poems by Belfast poet Michael Longley, whose poetry is full of gentleness, honesty, mischief and love. Duke has also ventured into the world of musical theatre, often joining forces with stand-up comedian Andrew Doyle. Together they brought a brand new adaptation of 'Gulliver's Travels' to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast and they then collaborated on 'Paperboy' - a heart-warming musical drama, based on the memoirs of Tony Macaulay also staged at The Lyric in Belfast. Duke is currently working with writer Bob Kelly on a new musical adaptation of the Patrick McCabe novel 'Breakfast on Pluto', which will be premiered at the Galway International festival in July 2020. Over the years, Duke has played live to captive audiences across the world. Whether he performs solo, as a duo with his long-time friend and percussionist Chip Bailey or with a full band or a string quartet, a Duke Special show is always a unique experience. In December 2018, he played a sold-out show at London's Union Chapel (as well as shows in Dublin and Belfast) performing a retrospective of his work to date with a selection of special guests, including Iain Archer and Romeo Stodart. He then returned to Union Chapel by popular demand in November 2019 with a different set of special guests, including Greg Butler. Beth Rowley and Matt Hales (Aqualung), and hopes to make this an annual event.


A regular performer with the Shellac Collective this is Duke Specials 4th Appearance at Camp Bestival

#resolution2020: a global song for our planet

BCO: Grime Orchestrated

Becky Hill

Biig Piig

Binbag Wisdom

Brass Rave Unit


Cormac Neeson

Dat Brass



DJ Yoda Presents: Filmstock

Duke Special

Easy Stride Band

Ellie Dixon

Fatboy Slim

Ffion Rebecca

Friendly Fires

Funky Little Choir

Future Shape of Sound



Gideon Conn



Greek Tragedies

Groove Armada

Heather Small

High Shelf Remedy

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Inner City Smugglers

Johnny Cash Converters


Level 42

Liam Payne

London Garage Orchestra

Mad Apple Circus

Mama Jerk and the Lady Fingers

Mariachi El Pinche Gringo

Master Peace

Max & Harvey

Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer

Mr Motivator

Mystery Makers

New Daze

Plastic Mermaids


S Club Party


Schrödinger’s Strings

Self Esteem


Skimmington Ride

Sophie Ellis Bextor Ft. Sink The Pink


The Acid Morris

The Big Camp Bestival Brassyoke

The Cuban Brothers

The Laurel and Hardy Cabaret

The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing

The Selecter

The Sherlocks

The Sugarhill Gang - Furious 5 Ft. Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio

The Tribe

The Wattingers

The Wurzels

Thrill Collins

Town of Cats


Tuxedo Junction

Vote Pedro