'BLOOD FOR GHOSTS' - THE NEW DUKE SPECIAL ALBUM.
Duke would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who pre-ordered a copy of 'Blood for Ghosts' on vinyl
and for your support in helping to release this new record into the world.
Here's some background to the album in his own words...
The album artwork was created jointly by Belfast illustrator Marcus Patton & Gary McIlwaine of Sparks Studio.
As well as being an incredible illustrator, Marcus is a musician, author of several books and has a long interest
in architectural heritage. Gary has overseen the artwork on everything I have ever released, so it’s a pleasure
to continue that relationship.
The title Blood for Ghosts is a play on Ezra Pound’s phrase ‘Blood brought to ghosts’, referring to the new life
brought through translations, in his case, of Chinese poetry. In my case, it refers to new versions of songs
discovered in the Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco; songs that may have been forgotten or lost through time.
I was interested in discovering if some of these songs could survive being brought into the present day; if they still felt relevant or were still able to move us in some way. Of the ten songs, six are recognisable from the original song sheets, one was adapted from another version, for two I have written new music, and for one, new words.
The musicians who played on this record were carefully chosen to bring the songs to life in the way I could
imagine them in my head:-
Liam Bradley on percussion and drums,
Nick Scott on upright and electric bass,
Seán Óg Graham on guitars, bouzouki, banjo, button accordion and drum machine programming
Ruth McGinley on piano (for some of the tracks)
Dónal O’Connor on fiddle
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill on clavinet
Dave Lynch on organ and mellotron
Niamh Dunne and Joshua Burnside on backing vocals.
I love how these musicians brought their own slant to the songs through the wealth of their experience and by responding to the music in their own way.
I am very proud of the recordings and am excited to share them with you all! Thank you so much for your support.
Duke Special x
The Blood for Ghosts book was released as an accompaniment to the album and comes with a download code, the idea being that you can listen to the album digitally (or on vinyl), while reading about the songs the stories behind them and the concept of the album.
'Blood for Ghosts' is NOT being released on CD , but is available to buy as a digital download from Bandcamp and is available on all digital streaming services.
The album and the book are both available to buy on exclusively from the Duke Special online store
and at his live shows.