Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Not so duh about the The Duhks

I had gone to watch The Duhks at the West End Cultural Centre in March. I must admit that before that day I had never heard their music. The only reason I was there was because of their lead singer, Jessee Havey.   
Jesse and I were both performing at the Peace Service in Temple Shalom last fall. Jesse deserved to be there. I was just lucky. The moment she opened her mouth to sing, I knew that she was a star. It was one of those pinnacle moments in my life. Like the time I was standing in front of Queen Elizabeth, the time I held the Winter Olympic torch and the time radio celebrity Ace Burpee offered to buy all my paintings. Sure enough, I later found out that The Dukhs were a Juno Award winning band who was also nominated for a Grammy in 2007. 
Their concert was a sell out and that came as no surprise. The Duhks are back Winnipeg, and let's hope that they are here to stay! 

Leonard Podolak and Scott Senior got the crowd dancing to their beat.
Jessee Havey is a true star.
Jordan McConnell skilled not only at playing the guitar but also at building guitars
Tania Elizabeth played some beautiful instrumental pieces on her fiddle. 
Scott Senior is one of the best percussionists I have heard.

Kelly Bado

Kelly Bado is an extremely talented young singer-songwriter based in Winnipeg. Not only does she have a powerful voice, she is also a person with a beautiful soul. I'm honored to have met her and given this opportunity to photograph her.

Born in Ivory Coast, Kelly discovered her artistic and musical potential at the age of 10. She joined her church’s choir, then her high school’s choir. Since her arrival in Manitoba in December 2007, she volunteered in the musical and social departments of her first church in St. Boniface. She is now a part of the community of Winnipeg as an active member in various bands and one of the lead singers at Springs Church and continues to live her passion.

Here's a Video of her singing her song Set Me Free