|Origin||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Genres||Folk music, folk rock|
|Past members||Sarah Dugas
The members play a blend of Canadian and American soul, gospel, folk, Brazilian samba, old-time country string, Cajun zydeco, and Irish dance music. Despite several changes in its members through the years, the band has always steadily retained the four following central elements: vocals, guitar, banjo, and fiddle. Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, their music draws heavily on all of the North American musical traditions, while integrating Latin-influenced percussion as well as often Celtic- and Cajun-influenced fiddle-playing. The band sings primarily in English, but all the band's past and current singers have also sung frequently in French and at least one (Sarah Dugas) a song in Portuguese.
In 2002, Appalachian-influenced clawhammer banjo player Leonard Podolak founded The Duhks with blues singer Jessica "Jessee" Havey, eclectic fiddle player Tania Elizabeth, and Celtic-influenced guitarist Jordan McConnell. The name "Duhks" comes from Scruj MacDuhk, Podolak's defunct previous band.
The Duhks' first album, Your Daughters & Your Sons (2003), was nominated for a Juno award, leading to a contract with Sugar Hill Records. A new percussionist, Latin-influenced Scott Senior, joined the band, who then released their eponymous second album (2005), produced by Béla Fleck, which won a Juno for Best Roots & Traditional Album by a Group. "Heaven's My Home," from their third album, Migrations (2006)—produced by Tim O'Brien—was nominated for the 2007 Grammy award for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
In March 2007, Jessee Havey left the band to pursue other interests and was replaced as the lead singer by Sarah Dugas. The group was joined in November 2007 by Sarah's brother, Christian Dugas, as a replacement for percussionist Scott Senior, who left to spend more time with his family. In October 2007, The Duhks Sustainability Project was launched to raise awareness about ways to live a more economically viable and ecologically sustainable lifestyle. The following year, the website FestivaLink released The Duhks' first live album as well as the first to feature Sarah Dugas as lead vocalist and Christian Dugas as percussionist; the album is a compilation of old and new songs, largely recorded at a post-Earth Day benefit in Nederland, Colorado on April 2008.
Fast Paced World (2008), produced by Jay Joyce, was the first official studio album to feature the Dugas siblings. It also received a Juno nomination for Best Roots & Traditional Album, and the video for the titled single "Fast Past World" features Lucent Dossier Experience and was directed by Dream Rockwell. In 2009, FestivaLink released The Duhks' second live album, featuring several guest musicians and recorded primarily at that year's MerleFest in North Carolina.
On January 15, 2010, fiddler Tania Elizabeth announced that she would be moving on. She was temporarily replaced by fiddler Casey Driessen. As of 2010, the whole band was on semi-hiatus, playing far fewer shows. In April 2011, the band announced on their website that this pace would continue, including some shows with former members Havey and Senior, as the Dugas siblings had begun recording and performing as an independent duo.
In January 2013, the following announcement was made by the band: "The Duhks—featuring original lead vocalist Jessee Havey, fiddler Tania Elizabeth, Jordan McConnell on guitar, Scott Senior on percussion, and Leonard Podolak on banjo—will be going into the studio in March to start work on a new CD. We plan to sell a five or six-song EP throughout the spring and summer and finish the CD in the autumn, for wider release", along with a list of upcoming tour dates. As of late autumn 2013, the new EP and CD have not yet appeared; meanwhile, Kevin Garcia has begun touring with The Duhks in place of percussionist Scott Senior and Tania Elizabeth's new husband, blues-influenced Andy Stack, in place of guitarist Jordan McConnell.
- Leonard Podolak – banjo and vocals (2002–present)
- Jessee Havey – lead vocals (2002–2007; 2011–present)
- Tania Elizabeth – fiddle and backup vocals (2002–2010; 2013–present)
- Kevin Garcia – percussion (2013–present)
- Andy Stack – percussion (2013–present)
- Sarah Dugas – lead vocals (2007–2011)
- Christian Dugas – drum kit and percussion (2007–2011)
- Jordan McConnell – guitar (2002–2013)
- Scott Senior – percussion (2002–2007; 2011-2013)
|Year||Album details||Peak chart
|2003||Your Daughters & Your Sons
|2008||Fast Paced World
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2008||FestivaLink presents The Duhks at the Backdoor Theater, Nederland, CO 4/29/08
|2009||FestivaLink presents The Duhks at MerleFest, CO 4/24/09
|2004||"Mists of Down Below"||The Duhks|
|2006||"Out of the Rain"||Migrations|
|2008||"Fast Paced World"||Fast Paced World|
|"You Don't See It"|
- "The Duhks". iTunes. Apple Inc. 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
- Rotter, Joshua (February 14, 2008). "The Duhks continue to play despite changing lead singer, percussionist". The Record. Retrieved December 13, 2008.
- "Big Changes for The Duhks!". Retrieved January 23, 2010.
- "Tania Elizabeth News – January 25, 2010". Retrieved June 28, 2010.
- "Performances: The Duhks." The West Kortright Centre. http://www.westkc.org/index.php?view=details&id=122%3Athe_duhks&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=27
- "The Duhks Album & Song Chart History – Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
- "The Duhks Album & Song Chart History – Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 24, 2010.