The Duhks (rhymes with shucks) make a splash landing at the Opera House this July. The Boston Globe is calling them “Canada’s premier neo-tradsters” because they borrow from multiple traditions to create their hypnotic sound. The Duhks are one of the Canadian neo-folk scene’s most influential roots acts, earning the band a Juno Award and Grammy nomination for their brand of neo-Celtic-Cajun-Folk fusion that merges world-beat, blues, urban-pop and old-time with “wild-eyed invention and spine-rattling groove.” They play at the Earlville Opera House on Sunday, July 12th at 8 pm.
Hailing from Winnipeg, the Duhks feature virtuoso fiddle and banjo licks apt to resonate with all fans of traditional music. Len Podolak, one of the band’s founders, leads with Appalachian-influenced clawhammer banjo. “Known for his charisma and giant smile, Leonard Podolak’s specialty is the 5-String, open back clawhammer banjo, the instrument he learned from his father Mitch, founder of the Winnipeg Folk Festival…Leonard plays old time music on the banjo, but with so many influences in his playing that include Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Quebecois, Cajun, Zydeco, Old-Time Appalachian, Bluegrass and beyond. He clogs, hambones, sings, tells stories and nurtures a great time in whatever room (or field) he plays.” CKUA Radio
He is backed by innovative percussion from drummer Kevin Garcia, whose kit looks like something out of Dr. Seuss. Meanwhile, songbird Jessee Havey’s register dips and soars with gospel-tinged grace and soul. The band’s permanent new lineup now also includes Québécois multi-instrumentalist Colin Savoie-Levac on guitar and the Swedish fiddling phenom Anna Lindblad on violin.
Themes of lost love, trials and tribulations, and sweet salvation are all tackled. Last year, The Duhks released their first studio album since 2008, entitled Beyond the Blue. On it, “the band’s dynamic genre-in-a-blender approach feels as fresh as ever,” according to New Canadian Music’s Noah Siegel.
On stage, a compelling spirit of playfulness infuses their performance reflecting the Duhks’ spirit, energy and complete fearlessness to try new things. The Duhks received a Juno Nomination for their first CD, won a Juno for their second recording, and won a Grammy for their part in a Stephen Foster Compilation, all the while becoming darlings of the US acoustic music scene.
Don’t miss an evening with these exciting and virtuosic players on Sunday, July 12th, at 8pm. Admission is $25 for nonmembers, $23 for members, and students are discounted to $20. Premium pricing applies for the front-most four rows. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our three Earlville Galleries with three new quilt exhibits and the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists showcasing everything from jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance, serving freshly baked desserts and hot coffee and tea.
For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.
EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.
Never heard the Duhks’ music? Go to the Listening Party at Good Nature Brewing in Hamilton on Sunday July 12 before the show! From 5-7pm on Sunday evening prior to the show, Brandon “Freddie” Frederick and folks at GNB will be playing the The Duhks on their stereo and offering $1 off year-round drafts to ticket holders and EOH members. More Listening Parties are planned all summer!