This review was originally published by Get Ready To Rock here
Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist, Gráinne Duffy, has been receiving plenty of plaudits since her debut album Out Of The Dark was released back in 2007. She has tended to be labelled a blues artist and, not having seen her before that is pretty much what I was expecting and looking forward to at this gig at Nell’s Jazz & Blues venue in west London.
On taking the stage, however, it soon becomes obvious that while Duffy and her band are incredible blues performers, that label really only describes a part what they deliver. From exquisite blues solos, to polished Eagles-ish country rock, to Stonesy rock workouts, to emotive singer songwriter acoustic renditions, to big fat Bad Company-esque stadium blues rock, to heartfelt soul and even funk, there’s an incredible versatility to Gráinne Duffy’s performance and repertoire.
Whether it’s her own material or her interpretations of some classic standards, Duffy has a soulful expressive voice that makes the songs her own, not to mention some captivating guitar skills and a fine band of supporting musicians. It’s little wonder she’s been wowing audiences from Glastonbury to numerous blues festivals, and although the place was not packed tonight there are enough of us there to give her a rousing reception and an enthusiastic demand for an encore.
Duffy has currently has a single out ‘Where I Belong’ and a new album is due shortly. A talented musician, singer and songwriter, Gráinne Duffy is well worth looking out for if you have not caught up with her already.
2 thoughts on “Gráinne Duffy at Nell’s Jazz & Blues, London 19/10/17”
Can I give a plug for current Richard Thompson acoustic tour. It’s amazing what a strong performer he still is and what a range of material he covers (thoigh ‘Beeswing’ is still as wonderful as ever). You don’t miss other instruments. I saw him last week at the Sage, Gateshead. It has supoerb acoustics but can lack ‘atmosphere’. Thompson is one of the few who really generate an almost intimate feeling in the big hall.
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Sounds great Sandy. I did see him August at Cropredy and he was as on form as ever!