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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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Fiddling the Munros Fiddling the Munros
Starting on 26th April 2014, fiddler Richard Lyon is undertaking a very unusual sponsored walk with all the proceeds going to Prostate Cancer UK and Friends of the Beatson. oldblinddogs.co.uk finds out more…
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Merry Christmas and Happy Hogmanay! Merry Christmas and Happy Hogmanay!
Old Blind Dogs would like to wish all our family, friends and fans a very Happy Christmas...
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Fraser becomes a Dad! Fraser becomes a Dad!
Followers of Facebook may already be aware that Old Blind Dogs drummer Fraser Stone and his wife Rachael recently became proud parents to a baby boy. oldblinddogs.co.uk finds out more…
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Gavin Marwick's Journeyman Spectacular feat. Old Blind Dogs
Saturday, April 19, 2014
The Lemon Tree - Aberdeen - Scotland

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Folk Band of the Year 2004 at the Scots Trad Music AwardsFour On the Floor

New CD, new line-up, very recognisable sound...Old Blind Dogs are now Fraser Stone (percussion), Aaron Jones (bouzouki/guitar), Rory Campbell (pipes) and the only remaining founder member Jonny Hardie (fiddle). They continue their habit of many years of treating the tradition with respect...but not too much respect. So - the weel-kent and week-loved Braw Sailing on the Sea acquires a cheeky shuffle and thus a new set of clothes. Ewan McColl's chilling Terror Time loses its normal anthem/dirge delivery, but none of its drama, as it gallops along, propelled by driving guitar and percussion. New-boy vocalist Aaron Jones brings his own sound to the OBDs as well. It's more reminiscent of the intense, occasionally almost snarly Ian F. Benzie sound of yore than of the creamy, melliflous tones of Jim Malcolm, and the OBDs seem to have adjusted their choice of songs to take account of that. This is a well-balanced set of well-known songs/tunes including a second pop at The Bonnie Earl O'Moray and Bedlam Boys/Rights of Man.

The mnost memorable track for me is, however, Davie Robertson's Star O the Bar - a club/pub standard, generally bellowed by massed voices, unaccompanied (and not always entirely in tune). Here, the song finds itself with an almost string-quartetty arrangement...that works, against all odds. Perhaps that's the OBDs greatest skill - to find new facets of a song or tune, to give it a tasteful, if often improbable, new set of clothes and let us all hear it as if for the first time. Or perhaps it's their ability to change line-up and come out sounding radically different , but still the same - the Old-Blind-Dogness seems to survive line-up changes and anno domini - and that's remarkable...as is this CD.

- The Living Tradition Magazine
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