Duke Special is performing in Armagh’s Market Place Theatre tonight (Thursday).
Duke Special is particularly known for the platinum album ‘Songs From The Deep Forest’ and the hit song ‘Freewheel’.
His journey so far has seen him taking on projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for the Irish Sesame Street to writing the music for and appearing in Deborah Warner’s critically acclaimed 2009 production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children at London’s National Theatre ... and now he’s set for Armagh.
He has presented a documentary on the life and times of 50s megastar Ruby Murray and beencommissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to write a series of original songs based on photographs for the exhibition of photographers Stieglitz, Steichen and Strand. The artist has also performed with orchestras such as the Ulster and RTE Concert orchestras, to making the first recording of an unfinished musical by Kurt Weill based on the novel Huckleberry Finn. Tickets are priced £15 each.
The Market Place will then play host to one of the true classics of Irish theatre - Sean O’Casey’s ‘Juno & The Paycock’. The play looks at the effects of the civil war on a Dublin household already crippled by economic hardship and the efforts, mainly by the mother, to keep the family on an even keel.
One of Northern Ireland’s leading amateur theatre companies, Newpoint Players, bring this production to The Market Place on Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24 at 8pm. Tickets are priced £10 and £8 (concession).
Tickets for all performances are available through the Box Office on  3752 1821, or online at www.marketplacearmagh.com