The Duhks: The Duhks 

The Duhks are an energetic and funky Canadian Folk Band. Their bold sound renews traditional and old time string music with passion and zest. Their self titled album, The Duhks (pronounced “ducks”) is an eclectic mix of Appalachian, Gospel, Celtic, French Canadian Folk and Afro-Caribbean percussion. Sound confusing? It’s not. It rocks. The distinctive flavor of The Duhks has been called “new-wave old-timey,” “kick-ass folk-fusion,” and “progressive soul-grass.” Ancient tunes intermingle with hard grooving beats. People will skip, sway, and perhaps even slam to this band in concert. Each of the five members of the band is gifted with a special style.

Jessica Harvey belts out the soulful vocals. Her voice is rough and sweet. Scott Senior brings Cuban and Brazilian percussion, hand-slapped on conga, bongo or the Cajun drums. Jordan McConnell strums the acoustic guitar that he hand crafted himself. Leonard Podolak is the founding member of the band who recruited the other musicians. He plucks his claw hammer style banjo with ease. Tania Elizabeth is the intense prodigy who carves out the fiddle lines. Together, these five musicians combine talent, tradition, and invention into a powerful musical feat.

The Duhks is their first album produced by Sugar Hill Records, preceded only by a self-produced album titled Your Daughters & Your Sons. To hear their music, go to their official Web site at, and download four of the tracks for free. No matter what internet speed you have, the diverse music of The Duhks is worth it.
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