‘Room With A View’ - Old Blind Dogs “... utterly absorbing, perfectly-formed”(March 08, 2017)
Define an oft-used word like 'dynamic' ... constant change, activity, or progress; positive in attitude, full of energy and new ideas; a force that stimulates change or progress ... adjective or noun, it pretty much sums up Old Blind Dogs. With self-penned assurance and equally confident interpretation, tradition, sparkling innovation and boundless energy surges through their music.Old Blind Dogs have through many albums, delivered heritage and invention bound perfectly together. Their latest offering due for release at the end of March, is ‘Room With A View’ ... a fine blend of songs and tunes carried by trademark percussion, fiddle and pipes.
As one would expect, ‘Room With A View’ offers both exhilarating rhythms and thoughtful melodies, still combining old and new in a flawless configuration of history and progress. Dynamism has ever flowed through the band’s line-up, which with this latest album features the foundation of Jonny Hardie (fiddle, guitar, vocals) with Aaron Jones (bouzouki, guitar, vocals) and Ali Hutton (Border pipes, whistles, vocals) now joined by Donald Hay (percussion, vocals).
From the much travelled tune ‘Bunker Hill’, vibrant lushness of the tune sets ‘Newe’ and ‘Nevertheless’ to the Breton experience ‘Gavottes Des Montagnes’, through the beautifully delivered narratives of ‘A Ring On Her Hand’ and ‘Earl Of March’s Daughter’ to the darkly grotesque tale of ‘Sawney Bean’ the enchantment never waivers ... ‘Room With A View’ is an utterly absorbing, perfectly-formed piece of work.
Review: Tim Carroll