Like many of the early flag-bearing Scottish folk bands, the Old Blind Dogs line up has faced inevitable changes over the years, but the core values at the band’s musical heart continue to beat strong. The current band line up consists of four of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians at the top of their game. Original member Jonny Hardie (fiddle/vocals) is joined by Aaron Jones (cittern/guitar/vocals), Ali Hutton (pipes/whistles) and Donald Hay (percussion/vocals) and collectively they comprise one of the hottest live tickets on the traditional Scottish music scene today.
The group celebrated 30 years on the road in 2022 by launching their 14th studio album “Knucklehead Circus” in Winter 2021. A joyous, uplifting and fun album full of compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm on which the band continues to innovate within their tradition while faithfully revealing its essence.
Jonny Hardie co-founded Old Blind Dogs and over the years he has been involved in many other musical collaborations, has performed with/arranged or produced over 50 CDs in his career. He is joined in Old Blind Dogs by Aaron Jones, who plays bouzouki, guitar, bass, vocals. Donald Hay is a drummer andpercussionist 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 20 years he has become one of the most highly sought-after percussionists on the Scottish and English folk scenes. Ali Hutton on pipes/whistles is from Methven in Perthshire, and was inspired at the age of seven to take up the bagpipes and rose through the ranks of the world famous Vale of Atholl Pipe Band. It was there that he was taught, alongside Ross Ainslie, by the late, great Gordon Duncan. He has since gone on to become a successful multi-instrumentalist on the Scottish folk music scene. His arsenal includes bagpipes, whistle and guitars. Ali has performed and worked alongside some of the most respected musicians and bands on the scene such as Capercaillie, Dougie Maclean, Carlos Nunez, Deaf Shepherd, Clueless, Steve Forman, Salsa Celtica, and Shooglenifty, to name but a few.
Admission is $20 per person, $7.50 for young people 12 and under, and tickets are on sale now at gnwca.org, or at the door the night of the concert. For more information, call 603-246-8998.