Last year, Duffy released her debut album Rockferry. The singer canthis year be called one of the festival's biggest stars. Herhoarse, even slightly nasal voice has proved immensely popular.Twenty-five year-old Duffy comes from Nefyn, a small village inWales. She was discovered (through Rough Trade) by guitarist andproducer Bernard Butler who himself had created a furore with theband Suede. He produced the nostalgic sound that at times isreminiscent of Dusty Springfield. Duffy herself disagrees with thiscomparison: 'I think my voice sounds very different. But I have toadmit that the music and style of Dusty Springfield have had agreat influence on me.'
Duffy's story sounds like something from a fairy tale but thereality is that the singer has worked incredibly hard for hersuccess. 'I've really had the most awful gigs in every far-flungcorner of the country. But it has made me strong.' On stage, thesinger comes across even more convincingly than on her CD.