Ulaid & Duke Special
When contemporary song writing and traditional music meet, the results can be something to be treasured. Such is the case with the collaboration between folk super group, Ulaid, and singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Duke Special.
The project draws on Duke Special’s song writing skills, from pre-rock’n’roll to modern acoustic pop. He injects drama and theatricality, bringing storytelling to the fore with meditative twists and turns amid the melodic architecture. Ulaid’s mixture of skills in arrangement, interpretation, composition and performance lend a peculiarly folk-but-modern, urban-but-pastoral air to the whole. For a collaboration that may have seemed unlikely in theory, proves itself thoroughly in practice.