Friday, 1 April 2011

Duke Snook-em! Ulster music star "Freewheels" into pro snooker.

Ken Doherty - like a Duke without dreadlocks.
A bit of a curious story this morning.  The Belfast based singer, Duke Special, is to forsake his piano for the green baize.  The forty year old, whose real name is Peter Wilson, has joined the professional snooker circuit.

"I've long been an enthusiast for the game", said Wilson, "and over the past few months music has become less and less fun.  It's time to try something new".

The performer, best known for his album Songs From the Deep Forest and his energetic stage shows, is not new to snooker.  He was crowned Northern Ireland junior champion in 1988 and is still a dab hand with the cue.

"My top break in competitive matches is 135", confirmed the star from Dundonald, "and I regularly get 147s in practice".  The Duke hasn't ruled out a return to music however, "this is a change in direction, and I'm giving up music for a while, but not necessarily for good".

Watch out Mark Allen and Ronnie O'Sullivan!

7 comments:

Timothy Belmont said...

Best of luck to him; the more Ulster players, the better!

K D Tennent said...

Inspirational. I'm thinking of giving up academia to break into the BDO Darts circuit. Still time to make it to Lakeside 2013!

Chekov said...

See you in the final.

Timothy Belmont said...

This isn't an April Fool, is it? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Has to an April Fool. The man wouldn't have a minute with his performance schedule. But hey, he might just need a break ha ha

Hernandez said...

I never thought this day would come.

Chekov said...

Tim I'll confess. They're'll be No Cover Up.