Duke Special has recorded a CD of Belfast singer Ruby Murrays most loved songs to pay homage to the her musical legacy. He was inspired to record the CD after producing a documentary ‘Ruby and The Duke,’ which was broadcast on RTE on Tuesday January 18th and is available here until the 9th February.
Murray died a frail and broken alcoholic in the mid 90’s and Duke decided that it would be appropriate to link the recordings with an organisation whose clients lives reflect the struggles that Ruby lived with:
I decided to work with Depaul Ireland, an incredible organisation who reach out to some of the most vulnerable homeless people in Ireland, North and South.
The limited edition CD contains the tracks ‘Happy Day’s Lonely Nights’, ‘I’ll Come When You Call’, and ‘Smile’ and was released on January 21. The CD package contains a set of unique note cards, designed by some of Depaul Ireland’s service users during art sessions. All proceeds from sales will be reinvested in Depaul Ireland’s on-going services to the homeless in the North and South of Ireland.
Duke Special will also be preforming two concerts called ‘Ruby and The Duke Live’ for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra Signature Series 2011. The concert will feature Duke Special, his band, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by David Brophy, along with very special guests Mary Coughlan, and Mary-Kate Geraghty (Fight Like Apes). Two shows have been confirmed in The National Concert Hall in Dublin on February 2nd and The Opera House in Cork on February 6th.
A free launch gig will take place in Belfast’s Oh Yeah on January 27th at 730pm. To register click here.