August 12, 2008

Top Pop Duo in Special Gig for Amnesty Campaign


TWO of Northern Ireland's best-known singer/songwriters are teaming up for a special concert to support human rights.

Duke Special and Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy will perform together at a one-off concert at Vicar Street in Dublin on Tuesday, October 14.

The gig is part of Amnesty International's Small Places Tour - an ambitious global music and human rights project. The Small Places Tour - named in honour of human rights pioneer Eleanor Roosevelt who spoke of human rights mattering "in small places close to home" - kicks off globally on September 10 and runs through to December 10.

Artists around the world will perform live shows in support of Amnesty International, bringing the world a message of human rights through music.

Piano-based singer Duke Special, aka Peter Wilson, is renowned for his theatrical, Vaudevillian live shows, signature dreadlocks, black eyeliner and "hobo chic". Both his albums, Adventures in Gramophone and Songs from the Deep Forest, were nominated for the Choice Irish Music Prize.

He has supported the likes of Van Morrison, Crowded House and Snow Patrol and has played Glastonbury and Electric Picnic.

Hannon, meanwhile, is best known as the frontman of pop group The Divine Comedy, which had a number of hit singles including Something For The Weekend, Generation Sex and National Express. He also composed the theme tunes for top television shows Father Ted and The IT Crowd. In 2007 his album Victory for the Comic Muse won the Choice Irish Music Prize.

This isn't the first time the pair have performed together. In 2006 Duke Special supported The Divine Comedy on their European tour.

They are the latest musicians to back Amnesty International. Other acts have included Snow Patrol, The Who and Green Day. Tickets for the Vicar Street show go on sale tomorrow, priced EUR 29, from Ticketmaster.


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