Date: Saturday 30 January 2016
A thrill, a challenge, a joy, a form of release – the complex craft of songwriting can mean many things to many artists. This half-day masterclass with Duke Special, brought to you by the Irish Writers Centre in association with Tradfest, will get to the heart of songwriting. Aimed at both emerging songwriters and established artists, this workshop will help you tap into the emotion and headspace necessary for getting the most from your writing.
Duke Special is a songwriter and performer based in Belfast. Possessing a romantic style and a warm, distinctly accented voice, he’s predominantly a piano-based songwriter who has worked with countless other instrumentalists over the years. His live performances have a theatrical style inspired by Vaudeville and music hall, and often incorporate 78s played on an old-fashioned gramophone, or sound effects from a transistor radio.
His albums include Adventures in Gramophone (2005), Songs from the Deep Forest (2006), both of which were nominated for the Choice Music Prize, I Never Thought This Day Would Come (2008), Little Revolutions (2009), The Silent World of Hector Mann (2010), Mother Courage and Her Children (2010), Under the Dark Cloth (2011), Oh Pioneer (2012) and the recently released Look Out Machines! (2015).
Embrace the emotion, the words and the interaction, and embark on your next musical journey.