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 based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They released two albums in the early 2000s.


The Guthries formed in 1998 in Halifax.[1] Originally formed by vocalist 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][3] 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.[4][5] Mays subsequently left the band in 2002, just prior to the release of the band's second release, the self-titled The Guthries.[6][7] 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. ^ "The Guthries Off Windmill – 2000 (Brobdingnagian)". Country Standard Time, Reviewed by Nick A. Zaino III
  4. ^ "CANOE - JAM! - The Guthries succeed with unintentional debut". 2001-09-05. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  5. ^ Barclay, Michael. "Guthries - Off Windmill • Folk & Country Reviews •". Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  6. ^ Pascual, Brian (2002-05-17). "The Guthries — The Guthries". CHARTattack. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  7. ^ "Guthries - Self-Titled". No Depression, December 31, 2002

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