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Duffy in faultless performance
Duffy, the petite Welsh lass with a powerhouse voice, had Christchurch fans begging for mercy last night.
After a quick game of "guess what gig is he/she here to see" in the foyer (elsewhere in the same building fans caught possibly the last Ferry Across the Mersey with Gerry and the Pacemakers celebrating their 50th anniversary with help from Shane Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying Cortese) it was time to find our seats.
Duffy's name was up in lights above the stage, so there was no doubt we were in the right place. No ferry journey for us.
The lights dimmed and a spine- tingling version of Syrup began to wild applause before Duffy's corn- blonde hair and figure-hugging red dress found the spotlight.
"Kia ora Christchurch," she said before launching into popular song Rockferry off her multiplatinum- selling, multi-Brit Award-winning album of the same name.
Technically faultless, Duffy possesses an extraordinary vocal range which, combined with her natural, down-to-earth demeanour, is a joy to hear.
The crowd yelled and catcalled their approval - some in Welsh, "what he just said was rude", Duffy informed us - before declaring New Zealand her new "home away from home".
Her latest single, Rain On Your Parade, as well as Breaking My Own Heart, Warwick Avenue, Stepping Stone and the standing-ovation of Mercy delivered via megaphone were the most enthusiastically received songs, but the dedicated dancing girls down the front boogied to Oh Boy, Fool For You, Stay and Stop.
Which brings me to Duffy's back- up singers. I spent the entire show bewildered by them. Two, presumably identical twin mini-Duffys, performed what I can only call "Barbie aerobics". However, her seasoned six-man backing band were phenomenal and their jam at the end of the encore song, Distant Dreamer, was a highlight.
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