On Friday, July 5 at the Ojai Valley Woman's Club, (441 Ojai Ave) we are excited to host the return of one of our favorite Scottish bands, the Old Blind Dogs. This will be their 4th visit over the past 20 years and they are Ojai favorites.
Tickets are $25 for adults at Serendipity Toys in Ojai or send an email to email@example.com and request a link to buy them through PayPal (there is a $1.50 convenience fee). (kids under 15 are $14 at the door or online only)
Doors open at 6:30 and the concert starts at 7:00.
Since forming in Scotland in 1992, ‘The Dogs’ have stood on the cutting edge of the Scots roots revival. The band has developed its own trademark style with an energetic mix of songs and tunes. Dynamic percussion, polished vocals, soaring fiddle and stirring pipes fuel the delicately-phrased melodies and traditional songs.
Twenty-seven years is a long time in the life of any band and most who reach those milestones are content to rest on the tried and tested formulas that have worked in the past. Not so for Scotland's Old Blind Dogs whose newly released ‘Room With A View’ takes them once again bravely in many new directions.
The Dogs, one of Scotland's most highly touted traditional folk bands, are not known for shying away from change. A strong, shared musical vision has allowed the group to ride out inevitable line-up changes to the extent that the only original member still with the band is Jonny Hardie (fiddle, guitar and vocals).
The Dogs popularity has never dimmed though and the current foursome of Hardie, Aaron Jones (bouzouki, guitar, vocals), Ali Hutton (pipes, whistles, vocals) and Donald Hay (drums, percussion) have proven more than capable of carrying on the tradition of the band that the Montreal Gazette called “…a Scots neo-traditional supergroup with a bracingly modern musical attack.”
"The skill, talent and verve with which they played, belied their laddishness and the crowd responded with thunderous applause. Folk is the new rock and roll."Evening News
"The Old Blind Dogs play with a compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm, players and audience seem to share a wild ecstasy of emotion." The Scotsman
"Old Blind Dogs have mastered the tricky art of innovating within a musical tradition while faithfully revealing its essence." Acoustic Guitar
"Old Blind Dogs bring freshness and colour to acoustic music steeped in centuries of Scottish folklore and history." The Los Angeles Times
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