|Origin||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Genres||American folk, blues, Irish folk, folk rock, gospel, Latin percussion, soul, zydeco|
|Labels||Sugar Hill (former)|
Kevin Joaquin Garcia
The Duhks are a folk fusion band, formed in 2002 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Featuring banjo, fiddle, guitar, percussion, and vocals, The Duhks blend folk music together with various Canadian and American traditional styles, including soul, gospel, old-time country string, and zydeco. The band also commonly plays traditional Irish dance music, integrating Latin-influenced percussion as well as often Celtic- and Cajun-influenced fiddle-playing.
In 2002, Appalachian-influenced clawhammer banjo player Leonard Podolak founded The Duhks in Winnipeg with singer Jessee Havey, fiddle player Tania Elizabeth, and Celtic-influenced guitarist Jordan McConnell--all Canadian musicians. The name "Duhks" comes from Scruj MacDuhk, Podolak's defunct previous band.
The Duhks' first album, Your Daughters & Your Sons (2003), was nominated for a Juno award, leading to a contract with Sugar Hill Records. A new percussionist, Latin-influenced Scott Senior, joined the band, who then released their eponymous second album (2005), produced by Béla Fleck, which won a Juno for Best Roots & Traditional Album by a Group. "Heaven's My Home," from their third album, Migrations (2006)--produced by Tim O'Brien--was nominated for the 2007 Grammy award for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
In March 2007, Jessee Havey left the band to pursue other interests and was replaced as the lead singer by Sarah Dugas. The group was joined in November 2007 by Sarah's brother, Christian Dugas, as a replacement for percussionist Scott Senior, who left to spend more time with his family. In October 2007, The Duhks Sustainability Project was launched to raise awareness about ways to live a more economically viable and ecologically sustainable lifestyle. The following year, the website FestivaLink released The Duhks' first live album as well as the first to feature Sarah Dugas as lead vocalist and Christian Dugas as percussionist; the album is a compilation of old and new songs, largely recorded at a post-Earth Day benefit in Nederland, Colorado on April 2008.
Fast Paced World (2008), produced by Jay Joyce, was the first official studio album to feature the Dugas siblings. It also received a Juno nomination for Best Roots & Traditional Album. In 2009, FestivaLink released The Duhks' second live album, featuring several guest musicians and recorded primarily at that year's MerleFest in North Carolina.
On January 15, 2010, fiddler Tania Elizabeth announced that she would be moving on. She was temporarily replaced by fiddler Casey Driessen. As of 2010, the whole band was on semi-hiatus, playing far fewer shows. In April 2011, the band announced on their website that this pace would continue, including some shows with former members Havey and Senior, as the Dugas siblings had begun recording and performing as an independent duo.
In January 2012, the band announced a reformation of the band featuring original lead vocalist Jessee Havey, fiddler Tania Elizabeth, Jordan McConnell on guitar, Scott Senior on percussion, and Leonard Podolak on banjo. This lineup did some reunion tours before McConnell, Senior, and Elizabeth left and Havey and Podolak went on to scout a new lineup. The band then did tours with a lineup consisting of new American members, including Rosie Newton (temporary fiddler, who toured with the band for a six-month period ending in the winter of 2014), temporary guitarist Jefferson Hamer, and permanent new percussionist Kevin Garcia. The band entered the studio in December 2013 after successfully using crowdsource funding site Indiegogo to raise money for the recording of a new album, originally planned for release in spring of 2014.
In June 2014, The Duhks officially released their new album, Beyond the Blue. Their permanent new lineup now also includes Québécois multi-instrumentalist Colin Savoie-Levac on guitar as of 2014 and the Swedish fiddler Anna Lindblad on violin as of January 2015.
In the spring of 2016, the band announced on their Facebook page that they would no longer be touring, and have not done any shows since!
|Year||Album details||Peak chart
|2003||Your Daughters & Your Sons
|2008||Fast Paced World
|2014||Beyond the Blue
|"--" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2008||FestivaLink presents The Duhks at the Backdoor Theater, Nederland, CO 4/29/08
|2009||FestivaLink presents The Duhks at MerleFest, NC 4/24/09
|2004||"Mists of Down Below"||The Duhks|
|2006||"Out of the Rain"||Migrations|
|2008||"Fast Paced World"||Fast Paced World|
|"You Don't See It"|