Scotland’s Old Blind Dogs will give three concerts

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LEWISTON — Since forming in the early 1990s, Old Blind Dogs has stood on the cutting edge of Scotland’s roots revival. The band’s trademark style is a mix of dynamic percussion, polished vocals, fiddle and pipes, and delicately phrased melodies and traditional songs.

The band will bring its energy and lively rhythm to the Franco-American Heritage Center on Tuesday, May 10; Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in Carthage on Wednesday, May 11; and Unity College Center for the Performing Arts in Unity on Thursday, May 12.

One of Scotland’s most touted traditional folk bands, The Dogs aren’t 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 is vocalist Jonny Hardie, who also plays fiddle and guitar.

Making up the band today, besides Hardie, are Aaron Jones on bouzouki, guitar and vocals; Ali Hutton, Border pipes, whistles and vocals; and Fraser Stone, drums and percussion.

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Together, in varying line-ups along with past members Buzzby McMillan (bass, bouzouki, vocals), Davy Cattanach (percussion, vocals), Fraser Fifield (saxophone, small pipes), Paul Jennings (percussion), Rory Campbell (Border pipes, whistles, vocals) and singer/guitarists Ian Benzie and Jim Malcolm, the Dogs have released 10 albums.

The band has won numerous awards, including the prestigious title of Folk Band of the Year at the 2004 and 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards. The Dogs’ latest album, “Four On The Floor” picked up the IAP Best Celtic CD award.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. at the Franco center and Skye, and at 7:30 p.m. in Unity. There will be a preshow jam at Skye and Unity one hour prior to curtain. Tickets are $20 at the door. For reservations, call the Franco center at 783-1585, Skye at 562-4445 or UCCPA at 948-7469. The Franco center is at 46 Cedar St.; Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive in Carthage and the UCCPA is at 42 Depot St. in Unity.

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