Next Stage welcomes The Duhks, Red Heart the Ticker

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PUTNEY -- Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Winnipeg, Canada-based roots quintet The Duhks at Next Stage on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The Grammy-nominated and Juno award-winning band’s original members -- Jessee Havey (vocals), Tania Elizabeth (fiddle), Jordan McConnell (guitar, pipes, whistles, vocals), Leonard Podolak (banjo, vocals) and Scott Senior (percussion) -- have reunited after a three-year hiatus. Red Heart The Ticker, Robin MacArthur and Tyler Gibbons, a husband-and-wife duo from Marlboro, will open the show.

Founded in 2002, The Duhks boast a diverse collection of musical influences, including old-time, jazz, Celtic folk and even punk. For nearly a decade, they blended these disparate genres into a sound that simultaneously feels both traditional and modern. That sound found on four stunning studio albums (produced by the likes of Bela Fleck and Tim O’Brien) captured the hearts of fans and received extensive critical acclaim. 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.

After spending up to 10 months of each year touring, The Duhks experienced a band-wide case of burnout, and all five members went their separate ways in 2010. They’d come together for the occasional show and have such a great time performing with one another that calling an end to their hiatus seemed only natural. In addition to the performing old favorites, The Duhks added new music to their mix of folk, old-time, Canadian soul, gospel, Brazilian samba, zydeco and Irish music.

Red Heart the Ticker is the musical collaboration of Robin MacArthur and Tyler Gibbons, a husband and wife duo from Marlboro. Their atmospheric and image-rich music, often compared to Will Oldham, Gillian Welch and Iron and Wine, is, in many ways, a reconciliation between their verging musical tastes: Robin’s penchant for tradition influenced sixties folk and twangy, old-fashioned country music, and Tyler’s love of jazz fusion and esoteric ‘60s rock.

Red Heart the Ticker has toured nationally on three self-recorded and self-produced albums, performed on Garrison Keillor’s "A Prairie Home Companion" and received praise from the New York Times, Paste Magazine, Pitchfork Media and No Depression.

Tickets for this concert are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. JD McCliment’s Pub will provide a beer and wine cash bar. For more information, visit www.nextstagearts.org.

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