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Winnipeg, Canada (2001 – present)

Formed in 2001, The Duhks (pronounced like “ducks”) are a 5-member Canadian folk rock group. Four of them are from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their music draws heavily on Celtic traditions, but is also influenced by gospel music, bluegrass, and other North American musical traditions, and uses acoustic instruments with rock and Latin-influenced percussion.

The band’s name derives from banjoist Leonard Podolak’s earlier band Scruj MacDuhk (pronounced Scrugg MachDuke). MacDuhk was a warrior chieftain who fought with William Wallace, resisting English occupation of Scotland, during the reign of King Edward I. The entire name is a wordplay on the Disney character Scrooge McDuck created by Carl Barks.

In March of 2007 lead singer and budding songwriter Jessee Havey left the band to pursue other interests. Singer Sarah Dugas joined the band in July of 2007 and is on the road with The Duhks.

In late 2007, percussionist Scott Senior left the band to spend more time with his family, as his partner, Tara Beckta, was expecting their second child. Christian Dugas, Sarah’s brother and a former bandmate of Leonard Podolak, has since joined The Duhks. Other members are fiddler Tania Elizabeth and guitarist Jordan McConnell.


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  • Dark_Althor

    Thank you 'Hell on Wheels' for this wonderdul discovery

    31 Jan 2014 Reply
  • JoeDefoe

    ANNABEL <3

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • TillowFrik

    <3 <3 <3!!! I love every woman who's sung with this band. Every one of them has their own voice, and they're all beautiful sounds. I can't wait until they come around again, the shows are so lively.

    8 Feb 2010 Reply
  • SlightlyPunk

    The Ducks are also performing a new Dylan Song on an upcoming album. The video:

    22 Oct 2009 Reply
  • mattee66

    Hey All. If you dig the Duhks... Cory Chisel and crew have an album being released in a couple of months. It is their debut album entitled "DEATH WONT SEND A LETTER" Head over to their site to watch a trailer for their first single BORN AGAIN!

    13 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Fairfieldtheatr

    The Duhks are coming to Fairfield, Ct on September 3rd. The Fairfield Theatre company are hosting them on StageOne. If you are interested in more information or buying tickets, click on the link below;

    28 May 2009 Reply
  • Twili91

    Well... I just picked up the album Fast Paced World. Can't say it's bad.

    20 Apr 2009 Reply
  • JoeyMoon

    allow me, it's worth it. It's a different direction but not by much. I still prefer Jesse's voice but this new (or not all that new) lady is an amazing singer with a lot of similar qualities. And for me, the percussion's better now.

    16 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Carpetbagger513

    I added a new photo from the band's web site that actually has the new lineup... go vote for it!

    22 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Topographic23

    Saw them at IOTA last night in Arlington, VA. Great show!

    17 Oct 2008 Reply
  • DCTex

    Great band and good writeup, but have you independently verified "Scruj MacDuhk (pronounced Scrugg MachDuke). MacDuhk was a warrior chieftain who fought with William Wallace, resisting English occupation of Scotland, during the reign of King Edward I." Sounds like a leg pull (anybody remember Scrooge MacDuck?).

    9 Sep 2008 Reply
  • AKDoc

    Grrrrrrr....ooovy stuff !!

    17 Aug 2008 Reply
  • chrisinajar

    I saw them last year at Greyfox, and it was absolutely incredible. They played on the main stage and at the dance tent, and they completely rocked both.

    23 Jul 2008 Reply
  • skydancergreg

    The new album won't be out until July but you can catch some of the new songs on a professionally recorded, mixed, and mastered FLAC download (CD-quality) via as part of a post Earth Day 2008 no-CD download - not a bad deal for $10!

    9 Apr 2008 Reply
  • LavaKnight

    I'll attest to their live performances. I saw them in Reno a few years back at an outdoor amphitheater and it was an amazing show. It started to drizzle rain as their set closed, but the clouds parted while they played their last few songs. Everyone was wet but dancing and completely content. Has anyone heard Sarah Dugas sing yet? I haven't heard the band since Jessee left.

    14 Sep 2007 Reply
  • patanjali

    I have posted new pics, go vote!

    22 Aug 2007 Reply
  • whateverfloats

    They are good but they certainly aren't Celtic...right?

    14 Apr 2007 Reply
  • Hemmer

    seen these guys at celtic connections. fantastic live band. thumbs up!

    22 Jan 2007 Reply
  • needleandvinyl

    The Duhks do an absolutely marvellous live show; do see them if you get the chance sometime. I saw them at Hickoryfest this past summer and they rocked the stage out. Jessee is terribly sweet in person, too.

    28 Dec 2006 Reply
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