Posted On 14 Jul 2014
The Duhks (pronounced “ducks”) may be an unusual name for a band. But, this is an unusual band. This five-some from Winnipeg, Manitoba, defies classification. Bluegrass, folk, rock, pop, soul and country, they really can encompass it all.
On Thursday, July 3rd, they rocked the Levitt Pavillion in Pasadena, California. With the stars hanging overhead in the night sky, their music filled the space perfectly.
The Duhks was the brainchild of banjoist Leonard Podolak, whose father Mitch founded the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Podolak recruited the best musicians. Today the band consists of Podolak on banjo, soul singer and lead vocalist Jessica Havey, Kevin Garcia on percussion, Colin Savoie-Levac on guitar and bouzouki and Rosie Newton on fiddle.
Their set was a lovely combination of high-energy old-time string music, Irish fiddle tunes and a bunch of rock/folk fusion songs too. Many songs are seamlessly intertwined with original instrumentals too.
Each of The Duhks songs are filled with infectious guitar riffs, powerful lyrics, and spine-tingling vocals.
If you get the chance to see this talented group this summer, I highly recommend checking them out!
Here’s their summer tour schedule: