duffy is possibly the most exciting prospect for 2008. her ascent from the llyn peninsula to 2008s pole position continues as the 23 year old releases her debut album rockferry. a masterclass in mature, resonant pop, the album includes the singles mercy and rockferry. her soulful voice has already beguiled many of the nations musical tastemakers and news of its beauty and of the strength of her songs is spreading by word of mouth now, as the comparisons fly (dusty springfield has emerged as the favourite), its time to discover her for yourself. duffy was born and spent her childhood years in the north wales coastal community of nefyn, a place too remote to be driven by style wars or opposing music factions. the upbringing she describes is one in which everyone had to rub along together, making do and mending, accepting each other and their tastes without prejudice.