From The Muppets on Sesame Tree to Mother Courage at the National Theatre.

From Huckleberry Finn and silent movie stars to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

From Belfast to the British Expo in Shanghai, via live performances around the world, the career of the inimitable Duke Special has been, to say the least, a varied and unpredictable one.

Duke Special will now be embarking upon a UK tour to celebrate his first “mainstream” album, entitled “Oh Pioneer” since “I never thought this day would come” in 2008.

Duke is still in the studio but has this to say;

Standing on the edge of recording a new album is a daunting task. Behind you are the sessions and songs you have recorded previously, some popular, some well known, some dear to your own heart but not celebrated, some completely overlooked…  ahead are other peoples’ expectations, your own hopes for the record, the worry of shitty reviews, paying the bills and so on but… I love the adventure.

“Wooden Fingers Puppet Theatre Company, The Bank of Ideas, a banned Iranian children’s book about a fish, a pirate who wants to retire, a bar man who hears people’s stories whether he likes it or not, the human condition and late night conversations with friends on the roof of the ‘Oh Yeah’ building about your dreams are just a few of the ingredients to go into “Oh  Pioneer”.”

One of Ireland’s most successful musical exports, Duke Special, follows a set of stunning and intimate shows in 2010 with a massive UK tour in May:

Tue 15 May       Birmingham Glee Club

Wed 16 May      Nottingham Glee Club

Thu 17 May       Stockton ARC

Fri 18 May         Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre

Sat 19 May       Glasgow Oran Mor

Sun 20 May       Leeds   The Wardrobe

Mon 21 May      Cardiff  Glee Club

Tue 22 May       Colchester Colchester Arts Centre

Thu 24 May       London Union Chapel

Fri 25 May         Manchester Deaf Institute

Sat 26 May       Ely St Peter’s Church

Sun 27 May       Norwich Open

Mon 28 May      Exeter   Exeter Phoenix

Tue 29 May       Brighton Komedia