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The Duhks

DuhksAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • ASIN: B0007989PC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Celtic fiddles, Irish reels, old-time banjo, gospel vocals, and Latin percussion forge a common spirit within the uncommonly vibrant fusion of the Duhks (pronounced "ducks"). The young band from Winnipeg casts a wide net over traditional influences, breathing fresh life into the age-old balladry of "The Wagoner's Lad," generating a dynamic tension between the soulful depth of Jessica Havey's vocals and Tania Elizabeth's fiddle on a pair of spiritual standards ("Death Came a-Knockin'" and "True Religion"), and keeping the dance floor jumping with their sprightly instrumental medleys. Though the Canadian quintet doesn't feature much original material, they extend their interpretive reach to contemporary songs as well, with the desperate edge of Ruth Ungar's "Four Blue Walls" providing a bracing change of mood, while the bittersweet rendition of Paul Brady's "You and I" (with the songwriter on harmony vocals) carries the musical interplay beyond the traditional realm. (Their attempt at fellow Canadian Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows" represents a rare misstep, lacking both the droll humor and the dark fatalism of the original.) Banjo iconoclast Béla Fleck coproduced the album, championing the Duhks as fellow trailblazers who use traditional elements to create a sound all their own. --Don McLeese

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant new acoustic music February 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Hot, young musicians are embracing acoustic music in unprecedented numbers. Mandolinists Andy Leftwich and Chris Thiele, flatpicker Cody Kilby, fingerpicker Kaki King, and banjoist Noam Pikelny are among the brilliant players in their 20s who are pushing the boundaries of the traditional repertoire while paying homage to the greats who preceded them. Hailing from Winnipeg, Canada, the Duhks are the latest members of this acoustic new wave to mix the ancient and the modern in startling and vibrant ways.

The quintet (drummer Scott Senior, banjoist Leonard Podolak, guitarist Jordan McConnell, fiddle player Tania Elizabeth, and lead singer Jessica Havey) weave Appalachian fiddle tunes, Celtic riffs, and French folk music with strands of honky tonk, salsa, reggae, swing, and gospel to create an original, grooving sound. The vocal interplay in the lively "Du Temps Que J'etais Jeune" is delicate and soulful, and the instrumentals "Gene's Machine," "The Dregs of Birch," and "The Magnolia Set" reveal the band's fearsome chops. Havey's voice adds a spunky, sultry magic to the ensemble's inspiring debut.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catch Them if You Can February 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Hot new bands around the world are going to have a lot of catching up to do to get into the running with the Duhks. This Bela Fleck produced debut cd is loaded, and except for the oddly misplaced Leonard Cohen cover of "Everybody Knows," which may be a tribute to a fellow Canadian, it doesn't let up. The disc starts with an attention-getter that lets you know you'll be listening to a talented group, but it's with the instrumentals that you hear just how talented, and "Monster Talent," would be an apt phrase. The Duhks compress a lot of music and a lot of life between the traditional "Death Came a-Knockin'" and the brand new "Love is the Seventh Wave," and I hope they're just getting started. A highly recommended debut that should transcend any category the record-people try to put them into. Catch the disc, catch them live, then catch 'em if you can.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Music but why "Enhance" it?? August 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Duhks are amazing live. I caught them several times, most memorably at a late-night performance at High Sierra Music festival (in CA)and they churned an exhausted audience into a jigging frenzy. They pour energy into their performances, with the interplay between Leonard (Banjo) and the audience being my favorite part to watch- it's a contest to see who can grin larger and dance/play faster.

I was happy to purchase the CD and find a well-produced set of songs. So often a live band puts out a terrible studio album or vice-versa.

My only complaint is that the enhancement of the CD makes it impossible to rip the music to Mp3. I have a legitimate right to put my legally purchased music onto my Mp3 player, and Sugar Hill records has ignored that. The supposed extras on the CD have also not worked on my computer.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful even for Folk-ignorant listeners March 27, 2005
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I don't know anything much about folk music, but I really love this. I saw their video on a late-night cable country music channel, loved the song, and looked them up at one of the online music download stores. I was going to buy just that song (Mists of Down Below), but they had more than three that I liked, so I ordered this CD. I'm pleased to say that I love all of it, even the instrumental pieces. The more I listen to it, the more I like it. I love Jessica Havey's voice and the fast, intricate instrumentation. If this folk-ignoramous likes it this much, it has real cross-over appeal.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By J. Ross
Format:Audio CD
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best Duhks CD to date
This is the best Duhks CD to date. It features Jessie Havey's singing, which I love and the album has an eclectic mix of instruments. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Foreman
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome folk band
As I've gotten into folk music more and more I am finding all these bands and albums on Amazon. Album came like new and came fast.
Published 4 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album
This is my favorite of the three Duhks albums I bought. Saw the group in concert at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales. Their music is a really neat mix of genres.
Published 6 months ago by rmfii
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Find
This a very folksy group. I love their sound. The CD is a great addition to any who like folk and bluegrass music. Some upbeat tracks as well as some softer more melodic tracks.
Published 22 months ago by Sara D Parker
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing talent, for the most part
First of all, I hold that the Duhks are one of the best acoustic groups out there. As an instrumental group, they are good as any one could mention. Read more
Published on December 15, 2007 by T Bradford Wilemon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great group
The Duhks have a fresh, original sound, and songs that tell compelling stories. THeir music blends celtic, french-canadian and jazz traditions into something new and original.
Published on September 3, 2007 by Kathleen M. Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Canada rocks with the Duhks
Their albums and live performances are a lively, musical treat. Winner of a Juno and nominated for a Grammy. Go Duhks!
Published on January 11, 2007 by scatterjoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Listening to the Duhks is like reaching Nirvana!
The Duhks is a group of young twenty-something musicians all with amazing talent. They are in a genre of their own, mixing bluegrass, gospel and blues together to make a sound... Read more
Published on December 15, 2006 by Cassidy Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums I've bought lately
This is one of the best albums I've bought lately. The Duhks have a unique sound that I want more of. Great vocals, excellent harmonies, and fantastic instrumentals.
Published on November 14, 2006 by T. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Love these guys, have to explain to all that it's pronounced "ducks" not "dukes". Bought this one and Migrations at the same time and they are both great.
Published on November 9, 2006 by R. Barton
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