The Duhks is a group of musicians and singers from Winnipeg, Manitoba, in the Canadian prairies.
Since 2003, many have tried to describe The Duhks' music – “contemporary acoustic,” “progressive soul-grass,” and “kick-ass rock/folk fusion” being just a few of the attempts to classify the group. This striking melange was captured in the studio for all to hear on their self-titled CD, The Duhks, their first with Sugar Hill, produced by Fleck with Gary Paczosa, one of Nashville's most in demand engineers/producers.
With the album The Duhks, the band won universal acceptance as the up-and-coming neo folk-rock band. Visually stunning, musically inventive and emotionally stirring, The Duhks garnered massive critical acclaim, as well, topping year-end lists, winning a JUNO award, and successfully touring the world.
With the release of Migrations (2006), the band continued to develop its singular brand of eclecticism with an album that was increasingly confident, personal, and distinctive. The album was co-produced by Tim O'Brien & Gary Paczosa.
Environmental issues are a passion for the band, inspiring them to launch The Duhks Sustainability Project (www.greenduhks.com) in October 2007. Spearheaded by Tania Elizabeth, the band's goal is to “tour on as sustainable a basis as possible; fueling our vehicle with Biodiesel, supporting local organic farmers wherever we go, wearing sustainable eco-conscious clothing, using earth-friendly shampoos, soaps and cosmetics and offsetting remaining CO2 emissions with carbon credits.”
”As a band, it's something we feel very strongly about,” says founder and banjo player Leonard Podolak. ”We just want to reduce our carbon footprint as much as humanly possible.”
Fast Paced World was produced by the Nashville-based Jay Joyce (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt), who joins an impressive set of producers (Bela Fleck, Tim O'Brien) before him. ”Jay's basement studio was like something out of the Star Trek Enterprise,” laughs Podolak. Despite trying to quit smoking at the time (4 nicotine patches at once!), Joyce was ”very open to our ideas and very easy to work with. I also think he learned as much from us as we did from him about combining the acoustic and electric elements of our songs in a studio setting,” continues Podolak.
Sarah Dugas, Christian Dugas, fiddler Tania Elizabeth, guitarist Jordan McConnell and banjo player Leonard Podolak
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