The Duhks to play Maintenence Shop 1/22


The Duhks

Celeste Welshhons

The Duhks will be performing Jan. 22, 2014 at the Maintenance Shop.

The Duhks are a Canadian Fusion Folk band comprised of five members; Leonard Podolak on banjo and vocals, Jessee Harvey on lead vocals, Tania Elizabeth on fiddle and backing vocals, and Kevin Garcia and Andy Stack on percussion instruments.

Fiddler Tania Elizabeth started playing at age three, and by age nine had decided that she wanted to be a fiddler in a country band. When she was 15, Elizabeth dropped out of school to pursue starting a record label. Elizabeth is still living “pretty close to the original dream.”

On this tour, fans can look forward to “a pretty awesome combo” of songs. “We’ll be playing almost the entire new record,” said Elizabeth. Some older well known songs will also be on the set list.

“This is a new era for us, we want to make some new fans,” Elizabeth said. ”We haven’t toured this part for a while.”

The Duhks’ third studio album was nominated for a Grammy in 2006 to a shocked band. 

“It’s not something you ever really expect, but we had no chance. We were up against the Dixie Chicks,” Elizabeth said jokingly. “When we found out about the nomination, we were in a van in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and ended up having no reception for two hours.”

Even though The Duhks did not take a Grammy home that year, they had technically won one the previous year. Their version of Stephen Foster’s “Camptown Races” was featured on the compilation “Beautiful Dreamer” which won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2005.

The band’s last studio album, “Fast Paced World,” came out in 2008, but we should see a new release this year.

“We don’t have a working title, bet we are expecting to release in mid-April,” Elizabeth elaborated.

The new album is being funded at least in part by Indiegogo, a crowd funding campaign.

“I was in charge, and I set the goal way too high,” she laughed. “It’s a whole new way of funding it, and people have been super generous.”

So far the band has raised over $12,000 and had more than 200 funders.

As for the near future, “we have cool stuff in the works, but nothing is finalized yet,” stated Elizabeth. The overall goal is to “be as sustainable as possible in every way. It’s all about sustainability and having more fun.”