Beyond the Blue

Beyond the Blue

by The DuhksThe Duhks


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Mixing Celtic fiddles, old-time claw hammer banjo, Latin percussion, blues- and Cajun-infused vocals, and a deft country pop touch, Winnipeg's Duhks, at their best, stretch traditional folk and string band sounds into the 21st century with a sharp freshness, all without distorting or demolishing the group's traditional base, something that is a lot easier to say than actually do. They aren't deliberately innovative so much as they're smart assimilators, and even that can get stale and predictable, a difficult line the band walks and mostly avoids on Beyond the Blue, the group's fifth studio album. Produced by Mike Merenda and Ruth Unger of the Mammals, and helped by the return of vocalist Jessee Havey (non-touring founding vocalists Tania Elizabeth and Jordan McConnell are also present here) and new members, fiddler Rosie Newton, drummer/percussionist Kevin Garcia, and guitarist/bouzouki player Colin Savoie-Levac, the Duhks seem rejuvenated throughout this set. The opener and title track, a fine cover of Beth Nielson Chapman and Gary Nicholson's "Beyond the Blue," suits Havey's near-alto and wonderfully nuanced vocals, and sets the tone for the varied fare that follows, including a nice reworking of the traditional "Banjo Roustabout." No matter how far afield the band travels musically, founder Leonard Podolak's fine claw hammer banjo playing is always at the rhythmic center of things, and paces nearly every track, including the stomping Cajun reel "Lazy John," another of the album's highlights. If there's a danger in the weeds for the Duhks, it might be in trying to be all things at once, a situation they avoid, for the most part, on this fine addition to their catalog.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2014
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397463223
catalogNumber: 4632
Rank: 63221

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duhks   Primary Artist
Abby Newton   Cello,Guest Appearance
Tania Elizabeth   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Andy Stack   Bass,Guest Appearance
Marco Benevento   Piano,Guest Appearance,Hammond B3
Michael Merenda   Triangle,Guest Appearance
Blake Miller   Accordion,Guest Appearance
Jordan McConnell   Low Whistle,Guest Appearance
Leonard Podolak   Vocals,Claw Hammer Banjo
Jacob Silver   Bowed Bass,Guest Appearance
Lydia Garrison   Fiddle,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Jefferson Hamer   Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Telecaster,Vocal Harmony
Joel Ricci   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Charlie Rose   Lap Steel Guitar,Guest Appearance
Ben Wright   Horn Engineer
Chris Miller   Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Rosie Newton   Fiddle,Viola
Colin Savoie-Levac   Bouzouki
Jessee Havey   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Kevin Garcia   Cymbals,Bass Drums,Tambourine,Caxixi,Snare Drums,Djembe,Cajon,Shekere,cowbell,Wood Block,finger cymbals,Doumbek,Wind Chimes,Ghungru,Tar
Ruth Ungar   Fiddle,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Beth Nielsen Chapman   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Robert Hakalski   Layout
Tania Elizabeth   Composer,Logo Design,Art Conception
Amadou Bagayoko   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Caroline Herring   Composer
Duhks   Arranger
Marco Benevento   Piano Engineer
Michael Merenda   Producer,Engineer
Jessica Havey   Composer
Leonard Podolak   Composer
Jacob Silver   Bass Engineer
Lydia Garrison   Composer
Gustaf Ljunggren   Composer
Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen   Composer
Charlie Rose   Guitar Engineer
Nikolaj Busk   Composer
Rubin Kantorovich   Vocal Engineer
Ruth Ungar   Composer,Producer,Engineer

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