Under the Dark Cloth

Under the Dark Cloth is the sixth studio album by Northern Irish recording artist Duke Special. It was self-released on 29 November 2011. It is the result of an invitation by the Department of Photography of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to write a suite of songs inspired by the work of pioneering photographers Paul Strand, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. The songs were co-written by Duke Special and Boo Hewerdine, with the exception of "Washerwoman" which was co-written by Duke Special and Neil Hannon, and are accompanied in the recording by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.[1][2]

Under the Dark Cloth
Studio album by
Released29 November 2011 (2011-11-29)
GenreBlues, blues rock, rock
Duke Special chronology
Duke Special Sings the Songs of Ruby Murray
Under the Dark Cloth
Oh Pioneer
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Irish Times[1]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Duke Special and Boo Hewerdine, except where noted.

1."Dancing Trees" 2:58
2."Hand of Man" 3:24
3."Rita De Acosta" 3:10
4."Spiritual America" 3:26
5."Cherry Blossom Girl" 3:43
6."Cloudgod" 5:48
7."Washerwoman"Duke Special and Neil Hannon4:10
8."Georgia O'Keeffe" 3:10
9."You Press the Button and We’ll Do the Rest" 3:49
10."In Memoriam" 4:07
11."Triumph of the Egg" 4:07
12."This Is All That Matters" 2:44


  1. Clayton-Lea, Tony (18 November 2011). "Duke Special". Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  2. Walker, Derek (10 July 2012). "Duke Special – Under the Dark Cloth". Retrieved 23 August 2012.
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