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World Music CD Reviews Celtic & Irish

THE DUHKS

By JAMES RODGERS
Published June 5, 2006

Your Daughter & Your Sons
www.duhks.com

From the ashes of the now defunct Celtic folk band Scruj MacDuhk rises not a phoenix, but the Duhks, to fly in a similar direction. Bandleader/banjo player Len Podolak has gathered three young new talents to help him explore Celtic, folk, Appalachian fiddle tunes and a little alt-country for taste. Their sound may be the same, but this is a leaner, groovier Duhk. Jessica Harvey confidently fills Ruth Moody’s shoes with a full sassy voice that belies her young age. Jordan McConnell’s guitar is subtle and nuanced, supporting the tunes nicely, while Tania Elizabeth’s fiddle and Podolak’s banjo both soar.  The 12 tunes lean towards traditional reels and jigs, complimented with covers by Gillian Welch, Woody Guthrie and Donal Lunny. The band is strong with both vocals and instrumentals, but a few more of the latter could have evened the score. Podolak’s young new group has the talent and energy to almost make us forget Scruj MacDuhk.