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October 25, 2013

West Kortright Centre to close with The Duhks

The West Kortright Centre will present its last concert of the 2013 season, The Duhks, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. 

The roots band from Canada has reunited after a three-year semi-hiatus and, for the first time since 2007, as the original Grammy-nominated lineup of lead vocalist Jessee Havey, fiddler Tania Elizabeth, guitarist Jordan McConnell, percussionist Scott Senior, and banjo player Leonard Podolak. The group is doing limited tour dates and recording again, so the 2013 West Kortright Centre season is closing a bit late this year, according to a media release.

The Duhks, pronounced “ducks,” was founded in 2002 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The band members have a diverse collection of musical influences, including old-time, jazz, Celtic folk, and even punk. The Duhks’ 2005 self-titled record won the Best Roots & Traditional Album Juno Award, and, in 2007, they were nominated for a Grammy in the Best Country Performance category.

Earlier in their career, the band spent up to 10 months each year touring, a punishing pace that led to what Podolak wryly referred to as “a series of Spinal Tap-esque obstacles” and a band-wide case of burnout, the release said. Members went their separate ways in 2010, but would come together for the occasional show.

The band released an EP this spring, to be followed by the release of its fifth full-length studio album later in the year.

Tickets for this concert are $28, $25 for WKC Members, or $11 those younger than 19. For more information or directions, call 278-5454, or visit

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