Since forming in the early 1990s, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland’s roots revival, and are known for their energetic mix of songs and instrumental tunes. Old Blind Dogs will perform at The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 ($12 with student ID). One of Scotland’s most highly touted traditional folk bands, Old Blind Dogs bring deep tradition and modern energy to their music. Dynamic percussion, polished vocals, soaring fiddle and stirring pipes fuel the delicately phrased melodies and traditional songs, creating music The Scotsman described as having “compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm.” The Dogs have released 13 albums and won numerous awards including Folk Band of the Year award at the 2004 and 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards, and were nominated again in 2017. Their 2007 album “Four On The Floor” picked up the Indie Acoustic Project award for Best Celtic CD, and their 2010 release, “Wherever Yet May Be,” was nominated for the same award. The Dogs’ 2017 album, “Room with a View,” was shortlisted for Album Of The Year at the 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards. Over the past 27 years, the Dogs have never been content to rest on tried-and-true formulas that have worked in the past, and a strong shared musical vision allows the group to ride out inevitable line-up changes. Even though Jonny Hardie (fiddle, guitar and vocals) is the only original member, the Dogs’ popularity has never dimmed, and the current foursome of Hardie, Aaron Jones (bouzouki, guitar, vocals), Ali Hutton (Border pipes, whistles, vocals) and Donald Hay (drums, percussion) have proven more than capable of carrying on the tradition of the band. In addition to his work with Old Blind Dogs, fiddler Hardie has toured with The Chieftains, The Unusual Suspects, Alyth McCormack, Annie Grace Band, NUSA, Ronan Martin, Rory Campbell and Shona Donaldson. He has appeared on, and produced, countless traditional recordings and also appears regularly on stage as an actor. The production of “The Tailor of Inverness” that featured Hardie as a performer and musical director won several awards including a Fringe First, The Holden Street Theatre Award and the Stage Award in 2008. Voted Scots Trad Music Awards’ Instrumentalist of the Year in 2005, guitar- and bouzouki-player Jones has performed on over 70 albums and tour the world and records with top names in traditional music. He is also accompanist for the award-winning singer Kate Rusby and the double Scots Singer of the Year winner Siobhan Miller. Jones was official accompanist for the BBC Young Traditional Scottish Musician of the Year Awards for ten years. Hutton was inspired at the age of seven to take up the bagpipes and came up through the ranks at the Vale of Atholl pipe band. He was taught alongside Ross Ainslie by the late, great Gordon Duncan and has become a successful multi-instrumentalist. He has produced and co-produced several albums by Old Blind Dogs and other bands. Drummer/percussionist Hay plays with power, empathy, delicacy and drama. He is one of the most highly sought-after percussionists in the Scottish and English folk scenes, appearing 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. He 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. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via Eventbrite and The Palms’ website, and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and oldblinddogs.co.uk. ]]>
Old Blind Dogs bring fresh take on traditional Scottish music to The Palms on Thursday, June 27
Old Blind Dogs will perform at The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m.