Are you a fan of early twentieth century German composers? Have you been charmed by the enthusiasm and passion that Paul Merton bestows upon the world of the silent movie? Do you have a keen interest in wars of the seventieth century? Did you find The Duckworth Lewis Method right up your street and are you eagerly awaiting the next witty, yet somewhat bizarre, concept album? Do you have a yearning for the time when Poirot investigated crime and flapper dresses were de rigueur, when Jeeves & Wooster provided laughter as the original comedy double act? Is the world of cads, bounders and Hooray Henry's part of your dream social scenario? Have you had an uncontrollable urge lately to release your Jazz Hands and indulge a secret craving for all things that pertain to the stage musical, or are you just a devoted and besotted fan of Duke Special?
If any of the above, and I know there's a lot, got you salivating with intrigue and interest then the latest release from Irishman Peter Wilson, a.k.a. Duke Special, may float your boat. Sounding rather like the opening gambit to a game of charades 'The Stage, A Book And The Silver Screen' is a trio of fan funded albums, 'Mother Courage', 'The Silent World Of Hector Mann' and 'Huckleberry Finn'. Each project features the inimitable talents of Mr Wilson as well as Ed Harcourt and The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon among others.
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