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Painting the Town Green

By Christa Fletcher

“Can you hear the ocean?” asks Tania Elizabeth. “It’s so beautiful.”

Before taking a hike in the Back Bay National Refuge in Virginia, Tania chatted about saving the planet, changing bio-diesel fuel tank filters and touring with her band, The Duhks (pronounced “ducks”). With no shortage of cities to visit and environmental groups to meet, this fiddler not only gave us the skinny (via cell phone) on reducing your carbon footprint, she also talked music and how she strives to live green everyday.

“I’m a big advocate of organic foods and I’m a vegetarian,” added Tania. “It’s part of my everyday plan to eat healthy.”

It’s become easier in recent years to eat organic and local foods when Tania and the rest of the band from Winnipeg, Manitoba are on tour. “Seven years ago it was hard. Now it’s such a fad.” Though green is the new black — with celebrities and environmental agencies uniting to stop climate change and promote recycling — the Duhks were environmentalists before it became trendy. “We do it because it’s our passion.”

In addition to their own eco-endeavor, The Duhks Sustainability Project, they are currently partnered with several green groups like Clifbar’s GreenNotes Program, which helps them get in touch with local environmental groups and issues, so they can set up booths. “A lot of Duhks fans are environmentalists,” said Tania. “And they say thanks for the organic T-shirts we have at our concerts that they normally wouldn’t buy.” Did we already mention that the shirts are also sweatshop free?

Yet, minimizing their carbon footprint isn’t always an easy road to take. The band’s encountered their share of problems, particularly with their bio-diesel fueled tour van. “Really do the research on your vehicle. Make sure your diesel engine can handle it,” Tania said with a laugh. “We have to change the fuel filter every couple of tanks.”

Thankfully sites like help them find fill ups through GPS. “They’re super easy to find. It’s quite a different experience from hitting a regular gas station. Indie gas operators are always interested in seeing a band that uses bio-diesel,” explained Tania. “The people we meet are a huge highlight.”


Top Three Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint:

  • Recycle
  • Drink From Reusable Water Bottles
  • Eat Local and Organic Foods

--Tania Elizabeth, The Duhks


Meet the Band:

Sarah Dugas -- Lead Vocals
Tania Elizabeth -- Fiddle
Jordan McConnell -- Guitar
Leonard Podolak -- Banjo
Christian Dugas -- Drum Kit and Percussion


Tour Dates:

April 22
The Jewish Mother
3108 Pacific Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 422-5430

April 24
1328 S Collegiate Dr
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
(800) 343-7857
3:45pm / 5:15pm

April 26
Stagecoach Country Music Fest
81-800 Avenue 51
Indio, CA 92201

May 2
Oberlin College
135 West Lorain Street
Oberlin, OH 44074
(440) 775-8121

May 21
Camp Mather
Strawberry Music Festival
35250 Mather Road
Groveland, CA 95321
(209) 984-8630

May 23
The Pontiac Garage
2200 N. Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 978- 2583
8:00 PM

May 24
801 Red River
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 480-8341
9:00 PM

May 27
The Gatsby
18730 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 490-9340

May 28
1503 Chartres
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 225-1717
8:00 PM

June 19
The Music Camp
199 Childress Road
Spartanberg, SC 29307
8:00 pm

June 26
Schenley Plaza
4100 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 682-7275

July 9
La Fete de Marquette
50 South Baldwin Street
Madison, WI 53703
9:00 pm

July 10
Bastille Day Festival
Cathedral Square Park
Milwaukee, WI 53202
5:00pm / 9:15pm

July 18
Master Musicians Feestival
Somerset, KY 42502
(606) 677-2933

July 24
Blue Cow Pavilion
Floyd Fest
Milepost Marker 170.5 Blue Ridge Parkway
Floyd, VA 24091

August 6
Iron Horse Music Hall
20 Center Street
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 586-8686
7:00 pm

August 7
Infinity Hall
20 Greenwoods Road W
Norfolk, CT 06058
(860) 542-5531

August 8
25 W. Third Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 332-1300

August 15
Mulberry Mountain
Harvest Music Festival
4117 Mulberry Mountain Loop
Ozark, AK 72949
(866) 667-1919

August 26
1337 India Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 595-0300

August 27
Levitt Pavilion
85 E. Holly Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 683-3230

August 29
Mountain Sage
18653 Main Street
Groveland, CA 95321
(209) 962-4686

September 4
Ninigret Park
Rhythm & Roots Festival
4890A Old Post Road
Charlestown, RI 02813
(315) 738-0356

November 11
Black Oak Casino
19400 Tuolumne Road North
Tuolumne, CA 95379
(877) 747-8777

November 14
Castoro Cellars Winery
1315 N. Bethel Road
Templeton, CA 93465
(805) 238-0725


Organizations Partnered with The Duhks:

Cliffbar's GreenNotes Program
Rock The Earth
Manitoba Harvest
Bogo lights
Indie 103.1



  • Your Daughters & Your Sons (2003, independent, re-released by Sugar Hill)
  • The Duhks (2005, Sugar Hill)
  • Migrations (2006, Sugar Hill)
  • Live at Merlefest (2007,
  • Fast Paced World (2008, Sugar Hill)

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