Having seen Doves the previous night, I headed to The Famous Spiegel Garden to see Duke Special in concert.
The venue itself is a series of 1920s themed tents situated in George Square, with resident acts performing every night throughout the festival, with some guests (such as Duke Special) doing one-off performances.
The setlist exclusively comprised of songs from his current three disc boxset, the first of which, is an album based on the chracter (From a novel title, ‘The Book Of Illusions’) of Hector Mann, a silent movie star who vanished in mysterious circumstances.
The second-half of the concert was exclusively comprised of songs from a disc titled ‘Mother Courage And Her Children’, a soundtrack to a play set during the ‘Thirty Year War’ during the 17th century.
It was a brilliantly chaotic concert, where you didn’t know exactly what was going to happen next.
Such was the chaos and the ferocity of the performance, that Duke managed to break a drumstick when drumming and didn’t even notice.
Just as he was introducing a song, a mobile phone in the audience went off, to which Duke played the generic ringtone back on the piano, to the amusement of the audience.
After performing an encore of his more well-known songs before heading over to run his merchandise stall after the concert. Brilliant.