Primal Scream and Charlatans keyboard player Martin Duffy dies aged 55

Martin Duffy, keyboardist on Primal Scream and The Charlatans, has died aged 55, former bandmate Tim Burgess has announced.

uffy was born in Birmingham in May 1967 and began her career as a member of the indie pop band Felt.

He played the first two albums of Scottish rockers Primal Scream before joining The Charlatans in 1996 following the death of original keyboardist Rob Collins.

Duffy also contributed keys to songs by Oasis, The Chemical Brothers and Beth Orton.

Burgess, frontman of The Charlatans, said on Twitter: “Another tragic loss of a beautiful soul.

“Martin Duffy joined to save The Charlatans when we lost Rob – he played with us at Knebworth and was a true friend.

“He also toured with me in my solo band – he was a pleasure to spend time with. Safe ride Duffy.”

No cause of death has been given.

The Happy Mondays singer Rowetta shared a series of heartbreaking emojis, while former Oasis guitarist Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs tweeted: “Tim sad a sad news.”

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Tim Burgess pays tribute to Duffy (Ben Birchall/PA)

Gruff Rhys, singer of the Welsh band Super Furry Animals, tweeted: “Martin Duffy’s music has been with me since the 1980s – sending the best to Primal Scream as well as all friends and family on this very sad day – will put some of his songs on the instrumental profile.

Duffy joined Felt, pioneers of the so-called jangle pop genre, at the age of 16 after responding to an advertisement placed by the group’s eponymous leader Lawrence that read: “Do you want to be one a rock ‘n’ Roll star?”

He is also a member of the rock supergroup The Chavs, formed in 2004 by former Libertines guitarists Carl Barat and Burgess with drummer Andy Burrows from Razorlight.

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In 2012, he performed as part of another supergroup at a fundraising concert at Manchester Cathedral, this time featuring Burgess and Mark Collins of The Charlatans alongside New Order’s Peter Hook .

In recent years, he has also toured as part of Burgess’ live band, playing music from the singer’s solo albums. Primal Scream and Charlatans keyboard player Martin Duffy dies aged 55

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