The Guthries

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The Guthries
Origin Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Genres Country rock
Years active 1998 – 2002
Labels Brobdingnagian
Past members Ruth Minnikin
Dale Murray
Gabe Minnikin
Serge Samson
Brian Murray
Matt Mays

The Guthries were a Canadian country rock band formed in 1998 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.[1] Originally formed by Ruth Minnikin and Dale Murray, the band included their respective siblings Gabe Minnikin and Brian Murray, as well as high school friends Serge Samson and Matt Mays.[2] Early line-ups included Nick Bevan-John (Hotel Faces, Jack MacDonald, Ceti Alpha) and Tim-Jim Baker (Matt Mays and El Torpedo).

The band's first album was Off Windmill, released in 2000.[3][4] Mays subsequently left the band in 2002, just prior to the release of the band's second release, the self-titled The Guthries.[5] The band toured extensively throughout Canada and the UK. Following that album, however, the band members each began pursuing solo projects, and have not released another Guthries album.


  • Ruth Minnikin (vocals, accordion, acoustic guitar, piano, organ)
  • Dale Murray (vocals, lead guitar, pedal steel)
  • Gabe Minnikin (vocals, guitar, accordion, mandolin, organ, piano)
  • Brian Murray (drums, banjo)
  • Serge Samson (bass, mandolin)
  • Matt Mays (vocals, acoustic/lead guitar)


  • 2000: Off Windmill
  • 2002: The Guthries

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2001 Canadian Country Music Association Roots Artist or Group of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ Jason MacNeil. "The Guthries". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  2. ^ Barclay, Michael. "The Guthries's Blessings and Curses • Interviews •". Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  3. ^ "CANOE - JAM! - The Guthries succeed with unintentional debut". 2001-09-05. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  4. ^ Barclay, Michael. "Guthries - Off Windmill • Folk & Country Reviews •". Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  5. ^ Pascual, Brian (2002-05-17). "The Guthries — The Guthries". CHARTattack. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 

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