Ulaid & Duke Special – crowdfunding project


Ulaid & Duke Special would like to record (with a live audience) an album of material which they have written and arranged together called ‘The Belfast Suite’. They’re asking for your support in order to make this happen.

Ulaid are Seán Óg Graham, John McSherry and Dónal O’Connor. McSherry and O’Connor are the creative force behind the highly innovative traditional band At First Light, and Graham is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest accompanists and he tours and records with the successful and dynamic group Beoga.

Drawing on their influences from the traditional music world and pre-rock and roll song writing, Ulaid’s collaboration with Duke Special combines their talents to create an original work called ‘Belfast Suite.’ Exploring the collection of noted historian and antiquary – Francis J Bigger, they have written new compositions inspired by obscure treasures found among the Bigger collection and by the incredible story of the city of Belfast.


Ulaid & Duke Special have been writing/arranging and performing together since early 2016 and would love to make a live record of the material that they have compiled i.e. ‘The Belfast Suite’. Having performed the music throughout Ireland and the UK in the Autumn of 2016 and having received a hugely enthusiastic response, the lads have decided to put this incredible music to tape! In order for this to happen, however your assistance is required.


Friday the 20th & Saturday the 21st January 2017


Analogue Catalogue Recording Studio, Rathfriland, Co. Down – This amazing Analogue Recording Studio is set in a 3 storey stone mill overlooking the stunning Mourne Mountains in County Down. The live room will host the band and 45 lucky guests who will get to enjoy the live recording session and be a part of this amazing project


Ulaid (John McSherry, Dónal O’Connor & Seán Óg Graham) & Duke Special and ……….of course……… YOU !!……..


A recording to tape (Analogue) with a live Studio audience, some booze, some grub, lot’s of craic, and the opportunity (should you holler and cheer loud enough) to be on the record.

  • They’ve got some great rewards on offer in return for your support:
  • an advance digital download of Ulaid & Duke Special’s ‘Belfast Suite’ before international release
  • a limted edition, hand signed Vinyl LP of Ulaid & Duke Special’s ‘Belfast Suite’ before international release
  • a credit on the recording liner notes
  • BUT BEST OF ALL  a VIP opportunity to join them in the recording studio to enjoy the session in person with complimentary food & drinks, and get to hang with the band after the show, plus all of the above!!

If successful, the money will be spent on venue hire, the audio engineer’s fee, accommodation for the band and crew, mixing, mastering, artwork, duplication, postage, travel costs, photography and filming of the events.

We look forward to celebrating its completion with you in the beautiful Mourne Mountains in County Down in January 2017.


To participate go to:


Artists’ websites:  www.ulaidmusic.com / www.dukespecial.com