Monday, September 8, 2008

The Duhks Evolve with "Fast Paced World" Album

Here I am, driving down the road, listening to a song called "The Mighty Storm" on the radio. My first thought was that Joan Osborne finally has a new album out! I was surprised to find out that the band is actually the Duhks, an absolutely fantastic neo-folk band from Winnepeg, Manitoba. Sarah Dugas is the lead singer, and she has an amazing set of pipes. The band is comprised of Jordan McConnel on guitar, pipes, whistles and vocals, Leonard Podolak on banjo and vocals, Sarah Dugas on vocals, Christian Dugas on percussion, and Tania Elizabeth on fiddle/violin. Their sound is definitely hard to put a label on. It's an amazing conglomeration of sounds, ranging from soul to folk to bluegrass to French lounge pop. Their live shows are apparently not to be missed. Check out this incredbile performance at Merlefest 2007.

The band is passionate about environmental issues, and they've started The Duhks Sustainability Project. Their goal is to tour as sustainably as possible, which means using biodiesel fuel, buying food from local organic farmers, and wearing sustainable eco-conscious clothing.

Catch their performance at Portland's Roseland Theater and Grill on September 28th.

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