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Duffy - The road to Rockferry & 2008 tour dates


Feature by Jack Foley

THE twist of fate that marks out a favourite son or daughter to rise from the depths of a small seaside community in the North of Wales is hard to fathom.

Duffy seems to have been chosen to sing. From her earliest memories, she just knew her destiny. She was going to be a singer.

In August 2004, Duffy came to the attention of Rough Trade’s Jeannette Lee who became both her manager and her mentor.

Just as Vicki Wickham guided Dusty Springfield to the best musical collaborations of the day, Rough Trade pointed Duffy in the direction of Bernard Butler in London’s Crouch End.

The fruit of their very first musical session is Rockferry which set the tone and musical direction of the album that follows.

Duffy spent the next couple years honing and developing her songwriting skills all the while discovering hidden musical gems that inspired her.

The results will be unveiled when the debut album hits stores next year – but for now we have Rockferry, available to download from November 19 and released as a 2-track 7” vinyl December 3 on A&M.

The Observer Music Monthly said of Rockferry: “It makes the hairs on the back of your neck prickle with it’s bewitching grace.”

While IndieLondon wrote: “It’s a moody, atmospheric effort built around Duffy’s powerhouse vocal delivery and some genuinely thrilling background drum loops and strings. Butler’s influence is evident throughout but the song certainly marks Duffy out as a fierce talent to watch.”

Duffy says: “There’s a side of me that’s trying to hold it together but then there’s a side of me that just wants to scream, run out onstage and say ‘I’m here!’”

In order to make sure fame happens, Duffy will tour the UK in 2008. Those dates are…

16 – Pigalle, London (residency)
23 – Pigalle, London
30 – Pigalle, London

6 – Pigalle, London
21 – Thekla, Bristol
22 – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
23 – King Tuts, Glasgow
24 – Cluny, Newcastle
26 – Brudenell Social, Leeds
28 – Clwb ifor Bach, Cardiff

1 – Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales
5 – Central Station, Wrexham
7 – Bodega, Nottingham
9 – Academy, Oxford
10 – Komedia, Brighton
11 – Glee Club, Birmingham

Watch the promo video for Rockferry

  1. Can’t wait to see you in Aberystwyth.

    Aberystwyth    Nov 24    #