Grainne Duffy

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Gráinne Duffy
Birth name Grainne Louica Duffy
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • guitarist
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2007–present

Gráinne Louica Duffy is an Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist from Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, Ireland. All Access Magazine described her music as a "powerhouse of soul and inspiration mixed with desire and passion".[1] Her Success has led her to play 3 days on the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2008, UK.[2] and Blues on the Bay Festival 2008 in Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland, which has been twice headlined by Van Morrison.[3] Grainne Duffy has opened for many major acts including Robben Ford,[4] Dino Baptiste,[5] Shawn Jones[6] and The Yardbirds.[7] Her tracks have also made it on many BBC Radio Ulster playlists including Alan Simpson's Playlist,[8] Late Show with Cherrie[9] as well as the blog of BBC Presenter Stuart Bailie.[10] Grainne Duffy has also been asked to record Oleta Adams' Get Here if you Can for the BBC in George Martin's renowned Air Studios in London.[11]

Early career[edit]

Previous to her solo career Grainne Duffy obtained a degree in music at NUI, Maynooth and took part in session work across Italy, Sicily and France. She also toured Ireland with the band Shanco.[12]

Out of the Dark Album[edit]

Grainne Duffy's debut album Out of the Dark was recorded with Ronnie O'Flynn who also plays with Sharon Shannon,[13] Paul Sherry, Richard Nelson who played with Van Morrison[14] and John McCullagh. Grainne is currently working with Paul Charles who has managed Van Morrison, Tom Waits and Loudon Wainwright III.[15][16] as well as imaj promotions who have promoted the likes of Steve Earle, John Prine and Jackson Browne in their Irish tour dates.[17]

Comparisons and Influences[edit]

Due to Grainne Duffy's "husky voice" her sound has been compared to Bonnie Raitt[18] whom she lists as an influence. Other influences include Linda Ronstadt, Keith Richards, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green and Bob Dylan.[19]

Future projects[edit]

Grainne Duffy will be opening for Little Feat at the Celtic Connections[20] Festival in Scotland in February 2009 as well as opening for Paul Brady at the Ulster Hall Belfast in March 2009.[21] Future Irish tour dates for 2008 include a solo gig in Dublins, Whelens, as well as opening for Ocean Colour Scene in Belfast .[22] Grainne is set to make TV appearances in RTÉ Other Voices on 5 December 2008 and has appeared in BBC NI Blas Ceoil broadcast on 13 November 2008. [23] [24]

Currently finishing tracks for her second album, as a follow up to her debut album Out of the Dark which was released last year to warm reception which included her being asked to appear for three days at Glastonbury 2008 Festival. Grainne also appeared at many of Ireland's leading festivals and was also approached by the BBC to record a track for a T.V. promotion campaign in George Martin's Air Studio in London. She has taken part in two T.V. shows for R.T.E. One of which is for the music programme Other Voices and the second is a documentary piece for the R.T.E. series Nationwide with a featured interview with Paul Charles. Her music is also featured in Belfast director and filmmaker Carol Moore's movie "Pumpgirl".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gráinne Duffy :: Out of the Dark". 21 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "Glastonbury Festival Line Up 2008". 21 June 2008. 
  3. ^ "Blues on the Bay". 25 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "Grainne Duffy". Big River Jazz and Blues Festival. 
  5. ^ "Grainne Duffy". Limavady Jazz and Blues Festival. 
  6. ^ "Grainne Duffy". CD Baby. 
  7. ^ "Grainne Duffy". Big River Jazz and Blues Festival. 
  8. ^ "Alan Simpson Radio Ulster Programmes". BBC. 25 June 2008. 
  9. ^ "The Late Show with Cherrie". BBC. 6 June 2008. 
  10. ^ "Hey Ho, Glasgow Stuart Bailie". BBC. 25 July 2008. 
  11. ^ "Grainne Duffy". Big River Jazz and Blues Festival. 
  12. ^ "Grainne Duffy". CD Baby. 
  13. ^ "Gráinne Duffy :: Out of the Dark". 21 February 2008. 
  14. ^ "Gráinne Duffy :: Out of the Dark". 21 February 2008. 
  15. ^ "Paul Charles". Hot Press. 14 September 2008. 
  16. ^ "The Other Duffy". 15 April 2008. 
  17. ^ "Imaj Promotion". 10 October 2008. 
  18. ^ "Little Feat and Gráinne Duffy". Celtic Connections. 
  19. ^ "Gráinne Duffy My Space influences". My Space. 
  20. ^ "Little Feat and Gráinne Duffy". Celtic Connections. 
  21. ^ "Grainne Duffy Gigs". 10 August 2008. 
  22. ^ "Imaj Promotion". 13 November 2008. 
  23. ^ "Gráinne Duffy on Blas Ceoil". BBC. 
  24. ^ "Gráinne Duffy Upcoming Shows". My Space. 

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