After raising money through Advocate to make the album 'Hallow' in 2017, Duke sent this message to everyone who had contributed:-
Thank you so much to everyone who pre-ordered a copy of 'Hallow' on this website and in doing so, helped me to be able to make the record. These days, recording a new album is a tricky enough endeavour and I really couldn't have done it without your support.
The silver lining about all of this is that I was able to make creative decisions which are from the heart and are not about having a song which may or may not be on the radio. This makes me feel very happy and all the more determined to make something interesting, soulful, honest and artistic!
Thank you so much and I genuinely hope that these songs will speak to you, inspire, comfort, challenge, provoke, make you cry, make you smile, make you wonder and all the things that good art should do.
A message from Duke...
The record 'Hallow' is based on the poems of the influential and renowned Belfast writer
Seamus Heaney described his friend as ‘a keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders’. Longley’s poems are full of gentleness, honesty, mischief and love and are peppered with a cast of artists, animals, flowers, friends and long forgotten soldiers. As ever, Duke Special is mining a new seam of inspiration, hunting for treasures and what it means to be a human being.
'Hallow' is available on CD & vinyl from the Duke Special shop on
It is available to stream or download on Spotify, iTunes and other major digital platforms.
You can also buy a digital download via Duke's Bandcamp page.