ABSTRACT and dreadlocked yet possessing talents in spades, Peter Wilson - better known as Duke Special - comes to Limerick’s Lime Tree Theatre this Sunday for a rare gig in these parts.
The East Belfast musician, who cloaks his sensitive soul under his wild appearance, is on something of a roll, fresh from a stint supporting Bell X1 in America and the release of excellent Oh Pioneer earlier this year - followed by a sold out Irish tour.
The pioneering performer believes steadfastedly in ploughing his own furrow in a music industry often held as lacking imagination, as he told us in a recent interview.
“I don’t feel like I have to adhere to any particular set of rules, which some fans maybe would prefer,” he said.
“Inevitably you get people who like a certain aspect of what you do and wish that you did more of that, but as an artist I just have to follow my gut. I’ve been really fortunate in that I haven’t been the easiest to pigeonhole maybe, or to fit into a particular scene. As a result I can kind of move between them, and I find that really exciting and creatively pleasing.”
On this solo tour Wilson is playing “new tracks and classic treats” for expectant audiences and will be joined by the superb Brad Pitt Light Orchestra for the gig in the 510-seater Lime Tree Theatre on Sunday night.
The Freewheel singer will showcase a selection of hits, rarities and sing-along tunes in his own inimitable style, as well as songs from the new record.
Duke Special and the BPLO play the Lime Tree Theatre, Sunday, December 16 @ 8pm. Tickets €18/15.