Duffy LIVE at Carling Academy Oxford review

I had the pleasure of seeing Duffy play live at Carling Academy Oxford (Zodiac) Sunday night, March 9th. It was a sold out show, with Duffy and her 6-piece band performing upstairs. I was surprised that she wasn't playing downstairs in the larger capacity venue. It was a bit snug upstairs, packed, but more intimate.

The crowd was varied. There was a group of younger girls excited to see Duffy behind me and as I looked around there was a mix of all ages. With Duffy's shows selling out, and having the current #1 album ('Rockferry') and single ("Mercy"), it's refreshing to see that her old school soul is drawing so much interest, as opposed to what seems to have become the norm - indie.

Duffy's music sets such a mood that it's strange watching her in a venue without seats. It's easy to imagine a setting with tables and candles, like in the old black and white films. Keeping that in mind, her show is great for couples, first dates - and if you're getting married, her CD would be perfect for the reception.

Duffy started out the set with her sexy, classic debut single, "Rockferry". It was a great choice for an opening number. Radio favorite "Warwick Avenue" also sounded good. Other songs included "Serious", "Stepping Stone", "Delayed Devotion", "Breaking My Own Heart" a slow, stripped down version of "Syrup and Honey" with Jon Green on guitar, "Tomorrow" and of course, crowd favorite and most anticipated, "Mercy".

She's fun to watch on stage - with her subtle (possibly choreographed!) moves, her band is tight - and what a voice.

Occasionally in between songs Duffy would mention her excitement of her album and single being at #1 in the charts. At such an early stage in her career, you can't blame her for being excited!

For more information, go to:

Duffy on Myspace
Duffy Official Website

By: Jenny May - BandWeblogs.com

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About Jenny May

Jenny May is the founder of Band Weblogs. Based in Oxford, England (originally from New England), Band Weblogs was created in 2005. With a passion for music, Jenny May has performed with bands in the US and the UK, her music has appeared in films, she was a vocal coach for the Yamaha Rock School and has worked on music projects with musicians such as Jon Fishman (Phish), Fyfe Dangerfield (Guillemots) and Cisco Adler (Shwayze). Jenny is currently writing music commentary and reviews for Band Weblogs and writing, recording and performing music with songwriter and musician Dave Tommo.
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2 Responses to Duffy LIVE at Carling Academy Oxford review

  1. CYNDI says:

    the one and only duffy song i have ever heard was on the edge tonite....102.1....from toronto..wicked tune.....Mercy...hope to hear more from them...hat's off to the Strombo show


  2. gayla says:

    Just purchased the Duffy/Rockferry CD. It is fabulous. What a voice. And her band is awesome.

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