The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will present Canadian folk music group The Duhks, along with special guest Lucy Wainwright Roche, Saturday, July 27, at 8 p.m.

Grammy nominees and Juno award winners, The Duhks play music that can take a syncopated bluesy banjo number seamlessly into a Brazilian samba and have an old-time jaunt nestles comfortably next to a gospel performance by vocalist Jessee Havey, whose soulful voice pierces like the heart tattoo on her chest. Featuring original members Havey, Jordan McConnell, Scott Senior, Tania Elizabeth and founder Leonard Podolak, The Duhks is one of the most musically adventurous bands to come from the roots scene in the past decade.

Special guest Wainwright Roche has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffin. Born into an influential musical family — her father is Loudon Wainwright, her mother is Suzzy Roche (who joins Lucy in Maine and will make a cameo appearance at the Strand) and her siblings are Martha and Rufus Wainwright — she rebelled against the family business by teaching elementary school for several years before getting involved in music. But since 2007, she has released two EPs and a studio album; toured North American and Canada and Europe; and has performed with a number of musicians including the Indigo Girls, Neko Case and Over the Rhine.

Tickets for the all-ages show are $25; the balcony and lobby bars will be open for those age 21 and older with a valid ID. For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or