by / January 13th, 2010 /

Áine Duffy – The Pavilion, Cork

The Pavilion, Carey’s Lane, Cork City
Friday 29 January, doors 8pm
Admission €10 on door


Áine Duffy is a remarkable talent who has taken the Irish rock scene by storm since emerging from rural West Cork, a tranquil part of Ireland seemingly too quiet and peaceful to spawn a creature with such untamed passion and attitude.

Áine was immersed in music from an early age absorbing the earthy traditional sound in her small west cork town and getting a solid schooling in rock and folk thanks to family and legendary local musicians. She was playing live gigs by the time she had reached the tender age of fifteen, and went on to study music management and sound at Cork’s Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa . Having recorded her first demo with Ciaran O’Shea of Cyclefly, she first travelled to Toronto where, showcasing her songs, she began to enjoy a considerable following. At home in Ireland, things were also hotting up, and young Áine Duffy returned as one of her tunes was hailed ‘Song of the Fortnight’ by Hot Press, Ireland’s leading music magazine. Having won recording time in Dublin’s Sun Studios she now found that her career was taking on a life of its own, and before she knew it she was in Los Angeles playing everywhere possible and building on her ever growing international fan base. Áine was now playing with some of the most accomplished musicians on the US scene, and enjoying prestigious bookings and inspiring company.

Continuing her journey she played various gigs in mainland Europe being repeatedly invited to perform in a number of Spanish and Belgian venues as well as at home in Ireland, back in Canada and in the USA. Following an invitation to collaborate, from Roger Greenawalt (a giant among New York producers) Áine first went to New York. It was here that she really came into her own, building a strong following in the course of a few months and staging some of the most exciting live shows of her career.

Back in Ireland, Áine independently released her début album Put Your Money On to much critical acclaim, and began a series of radio and television appearances. It was on television that she caught the attention of Mattie Fox, one of the central figures of the Irish musical establishment. She spent the start of the summer in New York performing, and then Went to London for one show and ended up doing nine, although, never losing touch with her West Cork roots, she shared the bill with the award winning Imelda May at a special concert at the atmospheric venue of Charles Fort, an abandoned British military installation.