- Released: February 7, 2005
- Label: Sugarhill
Dirty Linen - p.49
"With a combination of strong performances and varied material, along with an obvious appreciation of the traditions from which it draws..."
- 1.Death Came a Knockin'
- 2.Mists of Down Below / Meghan Hayden's
- 3.Gene's Machine: Mary McMahon's / Pretty Little Indian / Sligo ...
- 4.Four Blue Walls
- 5.The Wagoner's Lad
- 6.True Religion
- 7.The Magnolia Set: Islay Ranters Reel / Fleur de Mandragore / Bull ...
- 8.You and I
- 9.Everybody Knows
- 10.Dance Hall Girls / Bozeemon Boogie
- 11.The Dregs of Birch: Slip Jig / The Dregs of Birch / Eleanor Day's #1
- 12.Temps Que J'?tais Jeune / Gabriella's Jig, Du
- 13.Dover, Delaware
- 14.Love Is the Seventh Wave / The Arch of Abundant Love
The Duhks: Leonard Podoliak (vocals, banjo, fiddle); Jordan McConnell (whistle); Scott "Senor" Senior (drums, congas, bongos, cajon drums, pandeiro, shaker, surdo, tabla, bells); Tania Elizabeth, Jessica Havey.
Personnel: Jordan McConnell (vocals, guitar, Uilleann pipe); Tania Elizabeth (vocals, mandolin, fiddle); Leonard Podolak (vocals, fiddle); Jessica Havey (vocals); B‚la Fleck (banjo); Edgar Meyer (upright bass); Victor Wooten (fretless bass).
Additional personnel: Edgar Meyer (double bass); Paul Brady, Abigail Washburn (background vocals); Victor Wooten, B‚la Fleck.
Audio Mixer: Gary Paczosa.
Recording information: Minutia; OMNI Sound; Sanctuary Studios.
Photographer: Kristin Barlowe.
Arranger: The Duhks.
The Duhks debut self-titled album for Sugar Hill takes a similar progressive approach to bluegrass and folk as their album's producer, B‚la Fleck, although the band is a bit more organic than Fleck. The first noticeable twist on the genre is their percussionist, Scott "Se¤or" Senior, who is unafraid to propel the band with hints of Latin and rock rhythms. As the album shapes itself, however, it becomes clear that each member of the quintet has the talent to deftly explore many different areas of traditional and contemporary folk. From the subset of traditional Celtic reels that make up "Gene's Machine" to their cover of Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows," the Duhks constantly reach out to the same territory as contemporaries Nickel Creek and the Mammals, although with a bit more of a schizophrenic edge than either. The Duhks even give a nod to the Mammals providing a nice justice to Ruthie Ungar's "Blue." ~ Gregory McIntosh