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Up In The Air AND Edinburgh Fringe Up In The Air AND Edinburgh Fringe
Old Blind Dogs will make a welcome return to Edinburgh's Fringe Festival this year and the group 'Up In The Air' tour the Highlands. oldblinddogs.co.uk finds out more...
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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 moreÖ
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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 moreÖ
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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 moreÖ
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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 Stoneís hand percussion on the West African djembe lies at the heart of the bandís sound, and when combined with Aaron Jonesís electric bass, it provided a flexible but propulsive rhythmic momentum for Hardieís 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 Campbellís 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 bandís 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 bandís instrumental resources. Songs included the boisterous Tramps and Hawkers and Kincardine Lads, the dark and brooding The Ballad of Young Edward, and Burnsí A Manís a Man for Aí 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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