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01. 	Where I Belong 		03:16
02. 	My Love 			04:13
03. 	Don't You Wanna Know 	03:24
04. 	Home 			04:16
05. 	Shine 			03:05
06. 	All of My Life 		03:43
07. 	Blame It on You 		03:47
08. 	Don't Want to Be Lonely 	02:58
09. 	Open Arms 		03:04
10. 	Canyon Road 		05:39

Bass Guitar – Shawn Davis
Drums – Aaron Redfield
Keyboards, Piano – Tyler Chester
Lead Guitar – Chris Bruce
Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Paul Sherry
Piano – Justin Stanley
Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals – Grainne Duffy

 

Gràinne (rhymes with “Anya”) Duffy is a thoroughly Irish maid with a thoroughly Irish name. Her voice, like a summer storm in her home country, would give Bonnie Raitt on “Angel from Montgomery” a serious run for her money. Does she play the blues? Acoustic blues, yes, but she leans to the folk/easy-listening side of such. On her third CD, Where I Belong, she pours out all she has and then some. Fact: Singing is hard. Fact: Vocalists must put a ton of effort into aspects such as pitch, tone, timbre, vibrato, etc. Fact: Duffy does all of this like an Olympic champion, making the impossible seem effortless. Even when she warbles common words like “here” and “cigarette,” they sound like the most beautiful ones in the English language. “Don’t You Wanna Know” flows from her mouth like the source of a stream, not snagging on any ‘throat rocks.’ As the icing on the cake, Gràinne is a skillful guitar player, neither being too soft nor too intense. This constitutes the good news. The bad news is that blues purists won’t find much water here. Songs like “Home” (reviewed below) contain great blues-rock riffs, but all ten aren’t like it.

According to Duffy’s promotional information sheet, audiences the world over are celebrating after seeing her perform at famous music festivals including Glastonbury, Blue Balls, Blues du Passion, and Tremblant International Festival. Last year, she had the honor of recording with Justin Stanley (Beck, Eric Clapton) and multi-Grammy Award-winning engineer Adam Ayan (Madonna, the Rolling Stones). Raised in Castleblayney, Ireland (Monaghan County), Gràinne was inspired to study the powerful influences of blues music, mainly the three Kings: Albert, BB and Freddie. In 2007, she released her debut Out of the Dark, leading to a Glastonbury gig.

Performing alongside Gràinne on lead vocals and guitar are co-songwriter Paul Sherry on backing vocals and guitar; Shawn Davis on bass guitar; Aaron Sterling and Aaron Redfield on drums; Tyler Chester on keyboards and piano; Justin Stanley on piano, acoustic guitar and background vocals; Chris Bruce on lead guitar for track ten, Danny Donnelly on lead guitar for track seven, and Doyle Bramhall II on lead guitar for track two.

Track 04: “Home” – A country-blues ballad with a blazing heart, Duffy proclaims, “My only home is you” at the end of the chorus. One can’t beat the smooth blending of the instruments or the background vocals that are to die for. Whether listeners are on the road or in their own sweet domicile, they’ll rejoice in the simple beauty of this song. It doesn’t have a lot of fancy editing or studio polish, but “Home” does not require either. “Step into the moonlight in the middle of a cool night.”

Gràinne Duffy may not play pure blues, but golly, folk and acoustic majesty is Where I Belong! ---Rainey Wetnight, bluesblastmagazine.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever (Bogdan Marszałkowski)) Grainne Duffy Fri, 05 Feb 2021 10:41:02 +0000
Grainne Duffy - Out Of The Dark (2007) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/blues/5131-grainne-duffy/19270-grainne-duffy-out-of-the-dark-2007.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/blues/5131-grainne-duffy/19270-grainne-duffy-out-of-the-dark-2007.html Grainne Duffy - Out Of The Dark (2007)

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01. Each And Every Time
02. Drivin' Me Crazy
03. Bring It All Together
04. Bad To Worse
05. Rather Go Blind
06. I Don't Know Why
07. Good Love Had To Die
08. Meant To Break
09. Thrill Is Gone
10. Time's Not Enough
11. Out Of The Dark
12. Waiting For You

Grainne Duffy – guitar, vocals
Ronnie O Flynn – bass, drums, percussion
Richard Nelson - lap and pedal steel , dobro
John Mc Cullagh – piano, organ
Charlie Atkins, Ian Sands (4) - harmonica
Paul Sherry - guitar

 

Up and coming Rock/Blues guitarist and vocalist, Grainne Duffy has just began promoting her debut album ‘Out of the Dark’. Aside from receiving a degree in music in NUI, Maynooth, she also has been gigging constantly, as both lead guitarist and vocalist, doing session work which has seen her tour Italy, Sicily and France. She also joined Blues rock quartet Shanco featuring ex-Bagatelle drummer Wally Mc Conville, ex-Thin az Lizzy front man John Conlon and son of Gloria Smyth, Paul Sherry. With this band she has threaded the boards of many of the country’s leading venue’s and of recent the Warrenpoint Blues Festival headlined by Van Morrison.

All of which has lead to the development of herself as an artist writing her own material and the beginning of her solo career marked by the recording of her debut album which features ten of her original songs and two completely individual takes of classics, Thrill is Gone and Rather Go Blind. Joining Grainne on lead guitar and vocals on her debut album is the magical Ronnie O Flynn on bass and drums of Sharon Shannon Band and Donal Lunny, Richard Nelson on lap and pedal steel and dobro, previously of the Van Morrison Band, John Mc Cullagh on piano and the very talented Paul Sherry on rhythm guitar. Listening to her debut, it is hard not to acknowledge the many influences in her singing, guitar playing and especially her song writing such as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, The Stones and even Bob Dylan.

Grainne recently has received, at the Irish Steel Guitar festival, an endorsement from the leading English guitar case company Scot Dixon, who witnessed for themselves this talent, which they believe is worth investing in as a name to watch for the close future. She has just launched her new album in The Irish Blues Club, J.J. Smyths’s, to rave reviews followed by a show stopping solo acoustic support to America guitarist Shawn Jones as a warm up to the Guinness Blues Festival. Currently continuing her heavy promotion of her stunning debut through radio and magazine interviews and most importantly for Grainne the heart of the whole experience; live gigs, she already has penned new material for her follow up album. This is an artist true to her music and not afraid of the hard work and dedication it all involves. Just take a listen and see for yourself what everyone is talking about! ---cdbaby.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Grainne Duffy Sat, 20 Feb 2016 16:53:34 +0000
Grainne Duffy - Test of Time (2012) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/blues/5131-grainne-duffy/19221-grainne-duffy-test-of-time-2012.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/blues/5131-grainne-duffy/19221-grainne-duffy-test-of-time-2012.html Grainne Duffy - Test of Time (2012)

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01. Everyday
02. Let Me In
03. Rockin' Rollin' Stone
04. Sweet Sweet Baby
05. Test of Time
06. Don't You Remember
07. Please Take Care
08. What More Can I Do
09. I Know We're Gonna Be Just Fine
10. Falling for You
11. In My Arms

Grainne Duffy – vocals, guitar
Paul Sherry – guitars
Colm McClean – lap steel guitar
John McCullough – piano, keyboards
Davy Watson – bass, vocals
Davy Howell, Linley Hamilton – horns
Gerry Morgan – drums, percussion

 

They Say :- Grainne Duffy is a unique talent, raw and powerful, edgy and elegant. Growing up in Co. Monaghan, Ireland she gained exposure at an early age to such defining influential artists as The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and The Pretenders by raiding her elder sisters’ record collection and very soon was developing her own musical tastes. This began when she heard the subtle playing of Peter Green on such songs as ‘NeedYour Love So Bad’ and ‘Albatross’, which was to pave the way for Grainne to start listening to other guitarists such as B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and of course Rory Gallagher. Such a fascination led to Grainne picking up the guitar and beginning what was to be just the start of her musical journey.

We say :- This was one of those albums that dropped through my letterbox and I had absolutely no idea who this young lady was before listening to it. Grainne has a voice full of soul, and feeling and the music matches it perfectly. It’s a cliche, but the phrase voice of an angel is appropriate to describe this young lady who hails from Ireland, has a huge passion for music, and plays an amazing live set.

It’s not an album of a specific genre. Musically it’s mostly a blues album, but there are definitely elements of Motown, Soul, Rock and Country thrown into the mix. It makes for a really interesting listening experience, and it keeps the album full of pleasant surprises. It all flows together so effortlessly, and you can feel the passion and energy injected into each and every song. She also wields her six stringed axe with great skill, as well as being able to sing her heart out.

What this album offers is variety, but nothing is ever out of place. It’s just a band doing what they feel is right, you can tell that from listening to it. It also offers some great songwriting and great musicianship. Each and every one of the members in the band feels the same way about the music which gives this album a certain integrity, and you believe every single thing you hear. That’s one of the most important aspects that I look for in music, and I felt connected with the band the whole time I was listening, and that’s something that I can’t say happens on a regular basis. You can easily lose yourself in this album and escape from the world outside, so it’s an investment as if you feel like you want to get away from the world for an hour or so and have some ‘Me’ time, then this album will give that to you, over and over again. --- cackblabbath.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Grainne Duffy Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:05:46 +0000
Grainne Duffy - Grainne Duffy Live (2015) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/blues/5131-grainne-duffy/19206-grainne-duffy-grainne-duffy-live-2015.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/blues/5131-grainne-duffy/19206-grainne-duffy-grainne-duffy-live-2015.html Grainne Duffy - Grainne Duffy Live (2015)

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01. Each And Every Time (Live)
02. Let Me In (Live)
03. What Am I Supposed To Do (Live)
04. Don't Know Why (Live)
05. Drivin' Me Crazy (Live)
06. Be Just Fine (Live)
07. Bring It All Together (Live)
08. Reason To Be (Live)
09. Good Love Had To Die (Live)
10. Love Me Like A Man (Live)
11. Rockin' Rollin' Stone (Live)
12. Bad To Worse (Live)
13. Time Is Not Enough (Live)
14. Waiting For You (Live)
15. I'd Rather Go Blind (Live)

Bass, Vocals – Davy Watson
Drums, Vocals – Eamon Ferris
Guitar, Vocals – Grainne Duffy, Paul Sherry 

 

My little three-year-old, he loves traditional Irish music, and by that, I mean the Clancy Brothers. Give him a chorus of “the Gypsy Rover” or “John Kanaka” and he’s on cloud nine. And perhaps you might be tempted to think of Ireland as the land of a) the Clancy Brothers (or their punk derivatives); b) U2; and c) soulful balladeers, like Damien Rice or Gary Lightbody or Lisa Hannigan. (Exceptions: persons actually living in Ireland, who are probably laughing right now). But no! I learn something new every day, and the something new I learned about Ireland is Gráinne Duffy.

Ms Duffy makes music in my personal favorite genre, blues rock. Is blues rock really big in Ireland? If so, I’m totally moving there. The songs on Duffy’s albums are gorgeous. The complex, speaking guitar work on “Rather Go Blind” is wildly reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughn, and on other songs she sounds like Clapton in his blues phase (did he ever come out of that phase? heh). It’s a pure pleasure to listen to, and I simply can’t believe she’s unsigned. What the hell are these companies thinking to sign idiots like K. Perry or those awful, off-key Jonas Brothers to their labels when there are geniuses out there like Duffy? It’s just shameful (and you kids, get off my lawn). --- zara hemla, bonton.sweetdarkness.net

 

Grainne Duffy is a guitar player, singer and songwriter from Ireland. Her voice and guitar playing are inspired by the wellsprings of Memphis and Chicago, but also reflect her rich Celtic roots.

Raised in Castleblayney, Co. Monghan, Grainne sang in her local choir before forming a band with her sisters and performing songs from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Pretenders and Rolling Stones. Around this time Grainne discovered Fleetwood Mac and the blues playing of Peter Green, and thus later the three Kings – BB, Albert and Freddie.

With the release of her debut album “Out of the Dark” (2007) Grainne was asked to perform at Glastonbury Festival (UK). Her 2nd album “Test of Time” (2011) is was also highly appreciated by both, fans and critics alike. Following the release of these albums, Grainne and her band began playing the festival circuit in UK and Europe. Her exceptional voice, guitar playing and presence on stage gained Grainne the recognition to become a leading performer on the festival and club circuit in the Europe and beyond. Internationally her profile grew which led to her being asked to play festivals in Belgium, Bulgaria, Holland, Thailand, Norway and beyond. 2014 saw Grainne to play many of the finest festivals in Europe – Notodden (Norway), Blues Balls (Switzerland), Aosta Soul & Blues (Italy), The Great British R&B in UK. This same year Grainne was 2 times winner of BM Writers Poll (UK) for best female vocalist and best live performer.

This year Grainne has been invited to play some leading festivals in Canada including Lighthouse Blues and Tremblant Int’l Blues Fest in Quebec. After this tour Maple Blues Magazine hails Grainne as a “top artist”:

Later in 2015 see Grainne and her band perform their first concert in Africa at Tanjazz Festival in Morocco during September. The same month is also the official release of the long awaited album “Grainne Duffy: LIVE” And soon to be released from her forthcoming 3rd studio album is her new contemporary feeling track ‘Shine’. --- blackboxbelfast.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Grainne Duffy Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:25:08 +0000