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Your Daughters & Your Sons

"There’s this group called the Duhks. We’ve been wearing out one of their CDs. Oh, God, it is so beautiful, some of the finest music I’ve heard in many a day. There’s a girl singer, she is something else." —Doc Watson in praise of Your Daughters & Your Sons

"The new wave. … They explore techniques and sound combinations performed with incredible verve, tenacity, and some showy stagemanship that is gaining new fans with every performance." —DIRTY LINEN

The Duhks’Your Daughters & Your Sons is the record that got them here! Your Daughters & Your Sons is the Mark Schatz-produced, JUNO-nominated debut from Canada’s hottest export. While exposing The Duhks’ traditional roots, Your Daughters & Your Sons also reflects the developing genre-morphing style that helped to build the buzz. The Duhks (pronounced DUCKS) have become the most exciting emerging acoustic bands in recent years … as evidenced by their often sold-out, non-stop tour schedule!

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Editorial Reviews

The success of the Winnipeg folk favorites' self-titled stateside debut has sparked the reissue of this 2002 Canadian indie release. Though the Duhks were a drummerless quartet in their initial incarnation (occasionally augmented in the studio by a rhythm section), they were from the start a band with ties to tradition, but unbound by it. The virtuosic range on display here is a freewheeling delight, with the propulsive instrumental dance medleys from a variety of sources and the soulful vocals of Jessica Havey on material that extends from the spiritual resonance of Gillian Welch's "Rock of Ages" to the jazzy inflections of "The Leather-Winged Bat." Much of the music spotlights the progressive interplay of banjoist Leonard Podolak and fiddler Tania Elizabeth. Though this was recorded not long after the Duhks came together, they already had a vision of where they were going. --Don McLeese


Editorial Reviews

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






Published by: Capital Celtic Network
Year Written: 2006

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Many musical artists and groups are active in their communities. Some perform before faithful fans on a regular schedule each week or weekend. They are independent musicians as compared to those music industry big names. We often think of the big name groups because we are exposed to the marketing blitz. I have had the opportunity to hear a number of independent performers with Capital Celtic. Some are just starting out and are perhaps a little rough around the edges and some are so outstanding I wonder why they have not entered into the "Big Time" music industry. Perhaps you have experienced the same? Perhaps you know of a new artist or group that you believe has talent that would be enjoyed by others? If so send me a CD and Bio and we will feature them on The Capital Celtic Network. - EEHealy


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