Percussion, Vocals


Donald Hay is a drummer/percussionist with an exceptional ability to play with power, empathy, delicacy and drama. Coming from the fiddle led rock’n’roll explosion Mystery Juice, over the last twenty years he has become one of the most highly sought after percussionists on the Scottish and English folk scenes. He’s appeared on recordings by Sting, Eliza Carthy ( including her Mercury Award nominated ‘Anglicana’ ), Kate Rusby, Martin Carthy, Kathryn Tickell, Gordon Duncan, The Battlefield Band and The Nuala Kennedy Band. As well as Old Blind Dogs, he is currently performing with The Ciaran Ryan Band, and harpist Mary Macmaster. He has also done live session work for Shooglenifty and has appeared on the highly successful TV show and Celtic Connections concert 'The Transatlantic Sessions ‘ performing with Joan Osbourne, Jerry Douglas, Donal Lunny, Ali Bain and Phil Cunningham.

The Covid-19 Pandemic - A message from Donald...
The Covid-19 Pandemic is making life very difficult for freelance musicians. Bands like Old Blind Dogs make the lions share of their income from touring. The band has had tours and concerts cancelled as far ahead as August 2020 with no definite idea of when we might be able to safely get back out on the road again.
We're not looking for charity, there are many, many people in a much worse position than us, but if you'd like to help support me and help with the overheads of day-today living until the Coronavirus passes, the best way is to download some of my music here. Please consider buying the whole of the album here instead of streaming it.
In anticipation, thanks for your help and continued support, Love Donald X
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