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The Duhks On Mountain Stage

The Duhks, a multifaceted roots group from Winnipeg, Manitoba, exhibits a wide range of styles and influences in this lively Mountain Stage performance. The band's lineup has changed a bit in the five years since its inception: Singer Sarah Dugas and her brother, percussionist Christian Dugas, just joined last year. Despite the shuffle, however, the group's songwriting and performance skills remain unshaken.

"Fast Paced World," the title track from The Duhks' latest album, employs Latin rhythms and percussion, syncopated banjo compositions and eerie fiddle arrangements alongside Dugas' soulful vocals. During this performance, the group also covers "Mighty Storm," an obscure folk number about the great Galveston Flood of 1900, before ripping into the raucous, bluesy "95 South," which is banjo player Leonard Padolak's tribute to the highway that leads to North Carolina. Fiddler Tania Elizabeth, guitarist Jordan McConnell and Podolak round out The Duhks and contribute backing vocals.

This feature originally ran Apr. 14, 2009.

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