DUKE Special is arguably one of the more unique artists on the music scene.
With his dreadlocks and eye-liner, the Belfast singer appears initially as if he may belong to the rock or metal scene. But behind this misleading facade is a talented songwriter, whose songs are emotional and almost impossible to categorise, combining elements of ragtime, vaudeville, pop and folk.
Now, he has a new collection to offer up in the form of new album I Never Thought This Day Would Come, which is out on general release in the UK today (April 20).
The album is his first since Songs From The Deep Forest in 2006. It has a different feel from its predecessor, but still has the Duke's trademark twist of beautiful, hopeful songs juxtaposed with a dark edge.
However good the album is, the best way to catch Duke Special is live. And you can, as he heads out on a short UK tour from tomorrow.
The tour will take in Leeds Cockpit on April 29, Manchester Academy 3 on April 30 and Newcastle's Stage 2 on May 1.
For more dates and details, visit www.dukespecial.com