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|The Duhks||Primary Artist|
|Edgar Meyer||Double Bass, Upright Bass|
|Paul Brady||Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony|
|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|
|Paul Brady||Composer, Vocal Producer|
|Béla Fleck||Producer, Engineer, Audio Production|
|Gary Paczosa||Producer, Engineer, Audio Production|
Posted October 1, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
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.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.