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OBD Queen's Baton Relay OBD Queen's Baton Relay
Old Blind Dogs will perform at Peterhead Arena as part of the Queen's Baton Relay on June 29th. oldblinddogs.co.uk finds out more…
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Back to Germany Back to Germany
Old Blind Dogs return to Germany this weekend for two concerts including an appearance at the F60 Festival. oldblinddogs.co.uk finds out more…
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Hello Caitlin! Hello Caitlin!
Old Blind Dogs recently welcomed a new pup to the extended family. oldblinddogs.co.uk finds out more...
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Home from Germany! Home from Germany!
Old Blind Dogs have just returned from a great tour of Germany where they performed sixteen concerts in only seventeen days. oldblinddogs.co.uk finds out more…
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OBD in Germany - Hello Donald! OBD in Germany - Hello Donald!
Old Blind Dogs are delighted to be touring Germany again this March. They are joined for the tour by the brilliant Donald Hay. oldblinddogs.co.uk finds out more…
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Folk Band of the Year 2004 at the Scots Trad Music AwardsFiddler and guitarist Johnny Hardie is the only remaining original member of Old Blind Dogs, but the process of change has been gradual, and the band have largely retained their musical philosophy. Their initial focus on material from the North-east has broadened, including tunes from Brittany and Galicia, but the fusion of traditional Scottish music with undercurrents from world music, reggae, jazz and rock remains central.

Fraser Stone’s hand percussion on the West African djembe lies at the heart of the band’s sound, and when combined with Aaron Jones’s electric bass, it provided a flexible but propulsive rhythmic momentum for Hardie’s virtuoso fiddling and the equally compelling pipe and whistle playing of Rory Campbell. The high-octane instrumental sets included the appropriately named The Wild Rumpus and a rock-out on Rory Campbell’s Soup of the Day alongside more conventional material. They alternated with songs from the Scots tradition, superbly sung by Jim Malcolm, with all but Stone chipping in on the harmony vocals that are one of this band’s trademarks.

Malcolm has settled into the role since replacing Ian Benzie as lead vocalist, and his guitar and harmonica playing added a further dimension to the band’s instrumental resources. Songs included the boisterous Tramps and Hawkers and Kincardine Lads, the dark and brooding The Ballad of Young Edward, and Burns’ A Man’s a Man for A’ That, taken at a lively clip with an insouciant rhythmic swagger that felt more Caribbean than Ayrshire in its inspiration.

- The Scotsman
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