...caught Jools show last night, last minute cancelation by Alicia Keays due to illness, Duffy was the stand in. I must admit I have never heard or heard of this Welsh songstress, she opened the show with 'Mercy' ( No 1 in the charts apparently ) this girl has a really distinctive voice, effortless style, no ugly faced pretentions trying to reach an unattainable high note, in short , a natural. The other 5 acts, which included the veteran Steve Earle, did not come close. I assumed our music charts were full of (c)rap, just shows how wrong you can be. She sung two other songs, closing the show and I have to say she is the finest vocalist I have come across in years. If the schedules are correct she is on the Culture Show tonight beeb 2 ,1910.