Old Blind Dogs plays traditional Scottish music with influences from jazz, blues, Middle Eastern music, reggae and rock. The band has long delighted our Folk Music Society, with tickets sold out for some of its prior six concerts at Caltech.
Old Blind Dogs formed in 1992 in Aberdeen, Scotland, and first played for our group (then the Caltech Folk Music Society) in 2002. The band’s personnel has changed some over the years, though it’s still the same as for their excellent 2019 Caltech show. The players are original-member Jonny Hardie on fiddle and vocals, with Aaron Jones (cittern/guitar/vocals), Ali Hutton (pipes/whistles) and Donald Hay (percussion/vocals).
“The Old Blind Dogs play with a compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm, …as players and audience seem to share a wild ecstasy of emotion,” says a reviewer for The Scotsman, a Scottish national newspaper. The band is known for soaring fiddle playing, stirring pipes, and fine singing, punctuated by extraordinary percussion. A reviewer for the Bright Young Folk website says the current members “create such a tight sound with rhythms, harmonies, melodies and lyrics that sweep you along in whichever direction they choose.” Included on their newest album Knucklehead Circus is The Thin Man, highlighted in the video below.
Tickets: $25 for adults and $10 for youth (18 years and under). Available from the Caltech Ticket Office in advance by clicking the link to the left, by phone at 626-395-4652 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at the door (if not sold out).The event will be held in Ramo Auditorium, located south of Beckman Auditorium (the big, round white building at the end of Michigan Avenue).
Caltech requires that all guests wear a high-quality mask (surgical, N95, KN95, KF94) indoors at all times. In addition, proof of full vaccination and booster, along with a government-issued ID will be required to enter Beckman and Ramo Auditoriums. For all public events, children under 5, who are not yet eligible for vaccination, are not permitted inside the auditoriums.