Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Concert Review: Old Blind Dogs, June 5th

Only three of the four Dogs were present at the Old Blind Dogs concert on Saturday night at the Temple of Music and Art. It certainly didn’t dull the performance or the 450+ audience’s response. Jonny Hardie on violin and guitar, Aaron Jones on bouzouki and guitar and Ali Hutton on uillean pipes and whistles easily put out 120% of effort to make up for the loss of Fraser Stone, the group’s outstanding percussionist, who was still in Scotland awaiting a biopsy appointment. Here’s hoping good health will prevail and he’ll be able to join the group on their continuing U.S. tour very soon.

If you’ve never been to one of their shows, the Old Blind Dogs never disappoint with their rocking rhythms and new interpretations of traditional and original music that includes songs, jigs, and reels. Aaron Jones’ vocals were clear and especially poignant on tunes like Saints and Sinners and Tae the Beggin’ I Will Go. Jonny picked up on harmony vocals, and also sang lead on the older tunes, Bedlam Boys and MacPherson’s Rant. The rousing rendition of The Wild Rumpus prompted spontaneous eruptions of clapping and whistles from the crowd as Ali took off on the pipes. A new release from Compass Records and not yet available in stores, Wherever You May Be, was also featured. Luckily, it was sold at the show and it sure sounds like another winner.

It’s such a pleasure to experience a performance like this one where the musicians give their all and it’s so inspiring to see the great passion they continue to have for the music they play. All in all, a fabulous show.

- Reviewed by Betsi from Betsi's B&B, Saturdays from 6 to 8am on KXCI Community Radio

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