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Melvin Duffy is accomplished on several stringed instruments including guitar, slide guitar, dobro, mandolin, weissenborn, bass, banjo and piano, but he is a world renowned Pedal Steel player. As a session musician he has played with a wide variety of stars including Sam Brown, Jools Holland, KT Tunstall, Leo Sayer, Uriah Heap, Jimmy Nail, Chris Jagger, David Knopfler, Joe Cocker and Zucchero. As pedal and slide, he has featured on a number of Robbie Williams albums, and played with Robbie at Knebworth.

He is currently a member of Los Pacaminos, with Paul Young, and has been a full time member of Elkie Brooks's band since 2008.

In 2008, Dave Cousins recruited him to play on his solo album "Secret Paths". At a Blue Angel Orchestra concert at The Half Moon in Putney in which Melvin stood in for Miller Anderson, Melvin and Dave performed the first set as a duo, playing several tracks from Secret Paths, along with the first, if not only, live performance of "Canada" in the UK.

For the Strawbs' 40th Celebration at Twickenham, Melvin again reprised his role in the Blue Angel Orchestra. Duffy also joined with Jo Partridge, Chas Cronk, Blue Weaver and Vince Martin for an impromtu set after the two day celebrations, playing songs as varied as Dylan's "Knocking on Heaven's Door" and Ziggy Marley's "Tumblin' Down".

Contributed by Pete Bradley


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