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The Duhks

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The Duhks Live in Concert at Wintergrass 2006

The Duhks Live in Concert at Wintergrass 2006

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Description:

Contemporary bluegrass/folk-rock band

Comparisons:

The Duhks' innovative approach to modern bluegrass music brings to mind other great young grassrock bands like Nickel Creek, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Donna the Buffalo.

The Duhks Trivia Fact:

The Duhks' band name comes from banjo player Leonard Podolak's former band, Scruj MacDuhk—a tribute to a Scottish warrior who faught alongside William Wallace.

Starter CDs:

Your Sons & Your Daughters (Sugar Hill, 2003). The Duhks (Sugar Hill, 2005). Migrations (Sugar Hill, 2006).

The Duhks Band Members:

Leonard Podolak—banjo, vocals
Sarah Dugas—vocals
Jordan 0McConnell—guitar, whistles, vocals
Tania Elizabeth—fiddle
Scott "Senor" Senior—percussion

The Duhks Biography:

The Duhks are a bluegrass/folk-rock band hailing mostly from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, although some members are from Victoria, British Columbia.

The band was founded by banjo player Leonard Podolak after his former band, Scruj MacDuhk broke up. According to the group's official bio, Podolak decided he wanted to start a contemporary folk band that would effectively innovate modern acoustic music by marrying the traditional influences of various genres.

His search ended with vocalist Jessica Havey, fiddler Tania Elizabeth, and guitaris Jordan McConnell. Together, the foursome recorded their independent debut, Your Daughters & Your Sons in 2002, releasing it in the States the following year, and garnering a record deal from Sugar Hill Records in the process.

Sugar Hill teamed the band up with legendary bluegrass banjo master Béla Fleck for their follow-up self-titled album in 2005. Since then, they have recorded a third album, Migrations (2006, produced by Tim O'Brien), won a Juno Award, and received a Grammy Nomination in 2007 for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group.

Recently, Jessee Havey left the group to pursue other interests, and was replaced by the fabulous Sarah Dugas.

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