Last year, Duffy
released her debut album Rockferry
. The singer can this year be called one of the festival's biggest stars. Her hoarse, 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 and producer Bernard Butler who himself had created a furore with the band Suede. He produced the nostalgic sound that at times is reminiscent of Dusty Springfield. Duffy herself disagrees with this comparison: “I think my voice sounds very different. But I have to admit that the music and style of Dusty Springfield have had a great influence on me.” Duffy's story sounds like something from a fairy tale but the reality is that the singer has worked incredibly hard for her success. 'I've really had the most awful gigs in every far-flung corner of the country. But it has made me strong.' On stage, the singer comes across even more convincingly than on her CD.