New album from the Duhks

Hailed by The New York Times as one of the artists at the forefront of the neo-folk movement, the Duhks continue the evolution with their fourth album, Fast Paced World, (August 19th / Sugar Hill Records). "We traveled from Winnipeg, locked ourselves in a Nashville basement, pooled our ideas together and invented a new sound," says new frontwoman and bilingual, budding soul queen, Sarah Dugas (she replaced Jessee Havey in 2007).

Produced by Jay Joyce, who joins an impressive line of producers (Béla Fleck, Tim O’Brien) before him, the Duhks have created their most energetic, fully realized, unearthly album to date. Seriously. "Jay’s basement studio was like something out of the Star Trek Enterprise," adds founder and clawhammer banjoist, Leonard Podolak, who, in the past, "traditionally stuck close to the acoustic sound of our instruments. This record is a beautiful mosaic of different ideas and soundscapes."

Leonard, Sarah, Tania Elizabeth (fiddle, mandolin), guitarist Jordan McConnell and new worldbeat drummer Christian Dugas (Sarah’s brother) have melded French lounge pop ("Toujours Vouloir") and scratchy soul meditations on the Galveston flood in 1900 ("Mighty Storm") and sleeping ("Sleepin’ Is All I Wanna Do") with the soundtrack of the weirdest 1930s Marlene Dietrich movie you never saw ("This Fall"), and beyond. "We’re all proud of this record and can’t wait to release it to the world," adds Sarah.

In the space between the Grammy-nominated Migrations (2006, Sugar Hill Records) and now, the Juno-winning band has gained critical love ("overall virtuosity that could make them stars" – Boston Globe), toured the world and earned a solid fan base – no doubt due to their manic, spirited live shows. (Check below for John Paul Jones joining the band for "Whole Lotta Love").

Environmental issues have always been a passion for the band, inspiring them to launch The Duhks Sustainability Project (www.greenduhks.com). The goal is to "tour as sustainably as possible – Biodiesel, local organic farmers, sustainable eco-conscious clothing," says Tania, who was recently invited by Bonnaroo to speak about sustainability during the 2008 festival.

THE DUHKS ~  US TOUR DATES

09/05/2008       Great Barrington, MA- Club Helsinki

09/06/2008       Hoboken, NJ- Maxwell’s

09/10/2008       New York, NY- Joe’s Pub

09/11/2008       Annapolis, MD- Ram’s Head on Stage

09/12/2008       Philadelphia, PA – Tin Angel

09/13/2008       Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Café

09/25/2008       Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s at Jack London Square

09/29/2008       Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern

10/03/2008       Homer, AK – The Downeast Saloon

10/04/2008       Anchorage, AK – Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

10/05/2008       Kodiak, AK – Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium

10/08/2008       Blacksburg, VA – The Lantern

10/10/2008       Pittsboro, NC- Shakori Hills Grassroots festival

10/11/2008       Pittsboro, NC- Shakori Hills Grassroots festival

10/12/2008       Pittsboro, NC- Shakori Hills Grassroots festival

10/15/2008      Virginia Beach, VA – The Jewish Mother

10/16/2008      Arlington, VA – IOTA Club

10/17/2008      Asheville, NC – Garage at Biltmore

10/18/2008      Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre

10/20/2008      Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar

10/21/2008      Athens, GA – The Melting Point

10/24/2008      Live Oak, FL- Spirit of the Suwanee Music park

10/25/2008      Live Oak, FL- Spirit of the Suwanee Music park

10/26/2008      Live Oak, FL- Spirit of the Suwanee Music park

10/29/2008      Somerville, MA – Johnny D’s

10/30/2008      Norfolk, CT- Infinity Hall

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