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Watch: Duke Special talks new album, gigs and a special trip to the barbers

Singer Duke Special has been talking about about his upcoming tour and an appearance at the Holywood Harmony Festival, as he performs a special gig at a Co Down barbers.

The Holywood Harmony Festival is a volunteer-ran event and has a jam-packed three-day line-up of music, including Hothouse Flowers, Ulaid, Gareth Dunlop, Dana Masters and The Emerald Armada.

The event is organised by Mari and Garry Jackson from Garry’s barber shop in Holywood.

Duke paid a visit to the shop to play a set with Ulaid back in early May.

The musician has had his trademark dreadlocks for more than 17-years and has no plans to give them up any time soon.

He said: “I obviously didn’t! [get my hair cut]. I think he [Garry] was looking to tidy up my beard but apart from that no, he knew better than to dare try.:

Duke added: "Garry has had a few different acts come and play in his barber shop, including the Alabama Three for example, so he asked us to come along and we made a little film about it .

"This is the second time I've played in a barber shop, I've played in one in Dublin, and this is really cool."

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Speaking about his upcoming gigs, Duke said: "My next tour is going to be starting in October, and it will be about 25 shows around Ireland and the UK.

"I've been setting the poems by renowned Belfast poet Michael Longley to music and the tour is going to be primarily those songs."

Catch Duke Special and Ulaid on Friday 2 June, at the Holywood Harmony Festival. For tickets and more information visit

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