North Shore Artists presents Blue Heart Records recording artist Grainne Duffy from Ireland with special guest Marc Ford
Blowing people away with charm, depth and voice.
During 2007 Grainne Duffy embarked on her solo career. The same year she released her remarkable debut album “Out of the Dark” – proof of talent that was rising at an impressive rate. The big success of the album led Duffy to play 3 days on the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival in UK (2008). The same year she performed support to major acts including Robben Ford and The Yardbirds. In 2009 BBC approached Duffy to record a track for a TV promotion campaign in George Martin’s Art Studio in London. Later in that year she appeared on the very popular Irish TV show “Other Voices” and receives huge admiration for her performance. This was followed up with her becoming an opening act to artists such as Little Feet and Paul Brady. 2010 marked her participation at leading blues festivals in Ireland such as Warrenpoint Blues Festival headlined by Van Morrison.
In April 2017 Duffy released the single “Where I Belong” produced by Justin Stanley. The official video supporting the single became “choice of the week” of Vents Magazine, UK and Ditty TV in USA. During September of the same year, Duffy released her long waited 3rd studio album with the same name – “Where I Belong”. The songs are composed by Duffy in collaboration with Paul Sherry and Justin Stanley. Her finely crafted lyrics are on full display on this release. The album achieves rave reviews in the specialized press Blues News Norway, Blues News Germany, Blues Matter UK and by many radio presenters in UK, including Bob Harris and Paul Jones from BBC. Duffy played a live session for the very popular Harris’s TV show “Under The Apple Tree” and has conducted numerous interviews and live sessions for BBC broadcasts in London, Liverpool, Bristol, Scotland and Ulster. The album is officially released at a concert in “Nells Jazz & Blues Club”, London, with high praise reviews by the renowned “Blues in Britain” and “Get Ready To Rock” UK press outlets.
Look for Grainne to release her new album “Dirt Woman Blues” (co-produced by Marc Ford and Chris Goldsmith) later in 2023, and also keep an eye out for US shows this spring and summer!
Marc Ford ranks as one of the world’s preeminent guitarists. His songcraft commands the utmost respect. Ford is no one trick pony. Legendary keyboardist Johnny Neel once said: “Marc Ford’s an actual genius. He has the best guitar sound I’ve ever heard.” Ford’s career began in Los Angeles during the 1980s. His group, Burning Tree, captured the essence of his guitar virtuosity and songwriting.
Marc later joined the Black Crowes in late 1991, and toured and recorded on three of the Crowes’ finest albums–The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, Amorica, and Three Snakes and One Charm. Ford’s tenure in the Crowes found the group operating at a zenith. He rejoined the Crowes in 2005-2006 when they toured and released The Lost Crowes–two albums the band never released when he was a member.
Marc has since made 7 solo albums and toured extensively as a solo artist. Among his other touring experience includes playing with Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals in 2003, and also with legendary R&B artist Booker T Jones and his band in 2009.
In addition to staying busy with several recent production projects, Marc plans to release a new solo album later in 2023.