Old Blind Dogs are a veteran Celtic band from Scotland that still play blistering sets, and they will be featured this Sun., June 27 at 6pm in the next of the Alamosa Live Music Association’s (ALMA) “Sundays@Six,” series of free live concerts in Alamosa, Colo.’s Cole Park.
Since forming in the early 1990s, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland’s roots revival. The band has developed its own trademark style with an energetic mix of songs and tunes. Polished vocals, soaring fiddle and stirring pipes fuel the delicately phrased melodies and traditional songs.
“The Old Blind Dogs play with a compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm,” says Scotland’s national newspaper, “The Scotsman”, “as players and audience seem to share a wild ecstasy of emotion.”
“A Scots neo-traditional supergroup with a bracingly modern musical attack,” according to the “Montreal Gazette,” The Dogs 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). But the Dogs popularity has never dimmed and the current lineup of Hardie, Aaron Jones (bouzouki, guitar, vocals), and Ali Hutton (Border pipes, whistles, vocals) have proven more than capable of carrying on the tradition of the band.
Together in varying line-ups the Dogs have released ten albums and have won numerous awards including the prestigious title of Folk Band of the Year at the 2004 and 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards. Their latest album “Four On The Floor” also picked up the Indie Acoustic Project Best Celtic CD Award.
Since 1996, Tequila Mockingbird’s infectious repertoire of original, catchy rock-n-roll tunes steeped in American roots music has been delighting audiences across the Rocky Mountain Region, proving they have the drive, endurance, talent and stamina worthy of acclaim. They provide music to Independence Day celebrations Sun., July 4, at 6pm in Cole Park.
In case of inclement weather, the shows will take place in Leon Memorial Hall on Richardson Hall on the Adams State College campus. ALMA’s gracious members and business sponsors support the free summer “Sundays @ Six,” concerts and other ALMA events.