Grainne Duffy is a guitar player, singer and songwriter from Ireland. Her voice and playing are inspired by the wellsprings of Memphis and Chicago, but Grainne also reflects to rich varieties of the Celtic experience.
Raised in Castleblayney, Monaghan Co. Grainne sang with her sisters in the choir before they broadcast their interests into the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Pretenders and Rolling Stones. Around that time Grainne discovered Fleetwood Mac and the blues playing of Peter Green, studied the blues power of the three Kings – BB, Albert and Freddie.
Her debut album “Out of the Dark” (2007) led Grainne to the stage of Glastonbury Festival (UK). Her 2nd album “Test of Time” (2011) is highly appreciated by both – fans and critics. Grainne starts to play at the festival circuit in UK. Her exceptional voice, guitar playing and famous emanation on the stage are very impressive for the audience and during 2013 Grainne’s reputation increases a lot across Europe. She begins to add strong international “taste” to her profile playing festivals in Belgium, Bulgaria, Holland and Norway. The year of 2014 saw Grainne to play many of the finest festivals in Europe – Notodden (Norway), Dark Season Blues at the Arctic Pole (Svalbard, Norway), Blue Balls (Switzerland), Aosta Soul & Blues (Italy), The Great British R&B in UK. The same year Grainne is 2 times winner in BM Writers Poll (UK) – best female vocalist and best live performer.
Europe becomes “narrow” for the huge talent of Grainne. Her high class is well noted in the other side of the big water and during 2015 she enjoys on success of her ever 1st tour in Canada playing leading festivals as Bruce Telecom and Tremblant Int’l Blues Fest in Quebec. After the tour Maple Blues Magazine called Grainne “top artist”. The fall of 2015 saw Grainne Duffy again as winner in “BM” Writers Poll (UK) in two categories – “best vocalist” and “best solo artist”.
The same year Grainne is delighted to perform her 1st concert in Africa at Tanjazz Festival in Morocco in September. The same month she releases the album “Grainne Duffy: LIVE” recorded during a tour in Germany. .
In 2016 Grainne Duffy returns again to Canada and continues to play festivals worldwide appearing again at Bruce Telecom (Canada) and Tanjazz (Morocco), performing remarkable concerts at Aberdeen J&B (UK), Big Wheel Festival(UK), Accadia Festival (Italy), Festiverbrant (Switzerland) and more to be named,
At the end of 2016 Grainne is happy to play first time in Australia – 4 concerts at Woodford Folk Festival. During February 2017 she performs with big success at Mahindra Blues festival, India where has the honour to be together on the stage with Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and the Grammy Nominee Janiva Magness. .
With a voice that is as passionate as it is raw and honest, accompanied by simple melodic and well phrased guitar lines, this is what you have in Grainne Duffy. Having worked with Nico Bolas (Neil Young, Los Lobos & Keith Richards), 2016/7 sees her back in the US recording with worldwide known producer Justin Stanley (Beck, Eric Clapton). Grainne releases her 3rd studio album ‘Where I Belong’ in Sep’2017.
It includes an unique and wonderful mix of Americana, blues, roots music and pop with delicate Celtic influence. The mastering of the album is done at Gateway Studio, Portland, ME and belongs to multi Grammy winner Adam Ayan (Barbra Straisand, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen)