Watch Duke Special Perform in a Barber Shop
The singer-songwriter previewed his headline show with Ulaid at the Holywood Harmony Festival with a special, stripped back set
In just two weeks time the Holywood Harmony Festival returns for its third year, hoping to attract tourists from all over to County Down with three days of live music as well as a special food, crafts and wellbeing fair.
The volunteer-run event has expanded in size this year thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign and the sponsorship of Garry’s Barber Shop, allowing for there to be a greater community aspect meaning more free events for children, families and the elderly to enjoy. View the full programme below.
Award-winning gents' barbers Garry's, which regularly services some of Northern Ireland's national football team, also provided a rather unusual setting for a special acoustic set by Duke Special and Ulaid, ahead of their headline performance on the festival's Friday night (June 2).
The intimate, half-hour show was initially streamed as it happened on Facebook Live, but now you can watch a beautifully shot, professional recording by Empty Horoscope Media for a quality taster of what's to come in a fortnight. Performing together since 2016, the collaborative project plays on the strengths of both Duke Special and Ulaid, resulting in a unique new sound. Joint album A Note to Let Go is set for release in September – pre-order it here.
They'll be supported at the festival by The Emerald Armada and Red House, while the Saturday sees The Hothouse Flowers joined by The Nat Youle Band and singer/songwriter Ciaran McElhinney. Closing out the programme will be Gareth Dunlop on Sunday, June 4, along with Dana Masters and Sam Wickens, recent winner of Chordblossom's Kickstarter competition. Away from the main stage, a number of 'fringe artists' can also be seen across the weekend in addition to buskers performing around local shops on the Friday.