Duhks

The Duhks

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by The Duhks
     
 
The Duhks debut self-titled album for Sugar Hill takes a similar progressive approach to bluegrass and folk as their album's producer, Béla Fleck, although the band is a bit more organic than Fleck. The first noticeable twist on the genre is their percussionist, Scott "Señor" Senior, who is unafraid to propel the band with hints

Overview

The Duhks debut self-titled album for Sugar Hill takes a similar progressive approach to bluegrass and folk as their album's producer, Béla Fleck, although the band is a bit more organic than Fleck. The first noticeable twist on the genre is their percussionist, Scott "Señor" Senior, who is unafraid to propel the band with hints of Latin and rock rhythms. As the album shapes itself, however, it becomes clear that each member of the quintet has the talent to deftly explore many different areas of traditional and contemporary folk. From the subset of traditional Celtic reels that make up "Gene's Machine" to their cover of Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows," the Duhks constantly reach out to the same territory as contemporaries Nickel Creek and the Mammals, although with a bit more of a schizophrenic edge than either. The Duhks even give a nod to the Mammals providing a nice justice to Ruthie Ungar's "Blue."

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2005
Label:
Sugarhill
UPC:
0015891399720
catalogNumber:
3997
Rank:
232259

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duhks   Primary Artist
Edgar Meyer   Double Bass,Upright Bass
Paul Brady   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Victor Wooten   Fretless Bass Guitar
Tania Elizabeth   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Jessica Havey   Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Jordan McConnell   Guitar,Vocals,uillean pipes,Low Whistle,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Leonard Podolak   Fiddle,Vocals,5-string Banjo,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Abigail Washburn   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Scott "Senor" Senior   Bongos,Conga,Drums,Tabla,Bells,Pandeiro,Surdo,Shaker
Leonard Podoliak   Banjo,Fiddle,Vocals

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Paul Brady   Composer,Vocal Producer
Michel Bordeleau   Composer
Béla Fleck   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Charlie McKerron   Composer
Danny Noveck   Composer
Gary Paczosa   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jez Lowe   Composer
Steve Wilkison   Authoring
Tania Elizabeth   Composer
Ruthy Ungar   Composer
Allan Fraser   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Duhks   Arranger
Jordan McConnell   Whistle
Leonard Podolak   Composer
Dan Frechette   Composer
Sharon Robinson   Composer

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4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My car has a 6 CD changer, but it's now only a 4 because the first two slots are permanently occupied by The Duhks. I listen over and over and over and... I'm old enough to be everyone in the group's grandmother, but the music reaches me like the songs of my sixties youth. Enjoy their individual and collective artistry, enjoy the amazing musical variety and enjoy the joy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Playing Time – 61:45 The Duhks’ music is best described as highly-arranged folk and Americana that draws inspiration from various genres. The quintet hails from Winnipeg, and it is complemented by many well-known guest artists (Paul Brady, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Abigail Washburn, Victor Wooten). Their self-titled CD gives us a tightly crafted, innovative mix of songs with haunting vocals and striking guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle and percussion. Even some low whistle and Uilleann pipes find their way into the musical caldron. Four of the five Duhks provide vocals, both lead and harmonies. Two guest vocalists (Furleen Maines, Captain Lavender) also appear on one track apiece. A number of their songs illustrate how The Duhks blend tradition with their own individuality. The opening song, “Death Came A Knockin’,” was one heard done by Ruthie Foster at the Edmonton Folk Festival. “The Wagoner’s Lad” is a traditional piece they heard done by Doc Watson. “Gene’s Machine” is a fiesty instrumental medley (Mary McMahon’s, Pretty Little Indian, Sligo Creek, Dublin Reel). The juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary is most emphasized by their inclination to also cover songs writtten by the likes of Jez Lowe, Leonard Cohen, Paul Brady and Sting. Creative artistry is built around an ability to free one’s own muse. The Duhks’ approach allows for personal expression without belittling the very traditions that they’re stretching. This successful and impressive debut effort was done right and with abundant rewards. Before reinventing tradition, The Duhks have obviously lived and breathed the tradition itself by knowing, respecting, and appreciating the natural graces and flowing rhythms of Celtic and folk music. It’s an amazing feat for these twenty-somethings. With this strong foundation, The Duhks then incorporate their own life experience to arrange and create a signature sound. The musicians’ sensory journey takes us along with joy, sorrow, inspiration, and even occasional humor. The Duhks’ proficient acousticians are Scott Senior (percussion), Jessica Havey (vocals), Leonard Podolak (banjo, fiddle), Tania Elizabeth (fiddle, mandolin), and Jordan McConnell (guitar, whistle, pipes). Whether serving up a beautiful, spiritual ballad or a rousing medley of reels, they manage to make each a part of greater “Duhkville.” With impressionistic and memorable material, this album is a perfect showcase for The Duhks’ earthier side. Their music conveys a understanding of the bond between land and soul. Their compelling performance is one wrought with the emotional impact and virtuosity of soulful vocals, slapped skins, wailing fiddle, flowing guitar, and bouyant banjo. With a band vision to redefine both folk and pop music, The Duhks are well on their way to doing it with their acoustic tools of the trade. I, for one, greatly appreciate their conscious decision to not rely on any electric instruments, synthesizers or drum machines. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)
glauver More than 1 year ago
The Duhks' debut is a very good album with a few flaws. The trad oriented numbers like Death Came A Knocking and Wagoners Lad are the strongest part of the CD while covers of Leonard Cohen and Sting seem to be there just to add hipness. It's too bad they didn't keep to the folk side for the whole project. It might have been a masterpiece.