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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

Andy & The Odd Socks

Becky Hill

Björn Again



Cormac Neeson


DJ Yoda Presents: Filmstock

Dub Pistols

Duke Special

Ellie Dixon

Fatboy Slim

Ffion Rebecca

Funky Little Choir



Groove Armada

Heather Small


Level 42

London Garage Orchestra ft. Blue Lion Band, MC Kie & Enamie

Mae Muller

Master Peace

Max & Harvey

Miss Kiddy and the Cads

Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer

Mr Motivator

Musical Youth



S Club Party

Schrödinger’s Strings

Self Esteem


Skimmington Ride



The Cuban Brothers

The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing

The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band

The Selecter

The Sherlocks

The Wattingers

The Wurzels

Tim Burgess

Wet Leg

YolanDa's Band Jam