Wherever Yet May Be

Wherever Yet May Be

by Old Blind DogsOld Blind Dogs

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Overview

Wherever Yet May Be is the tenth album by this 18-year-old Scottish band, and if they haven't traveled very far from their origins, stylistically speaking, it may be simply because the musical territory they've staked out from the beginning has been so rich with possibilities. The lineup has changed numerous times over the years, and only fiddler/guitarist Jonny Hardie remains from the original version of the group. But what has not changed is Old Blind Dogs' simultaneous dedication to celebrating and stretching Scotland's musical traditions. This album is their first with piper and whistle player Ali Hutton, who contributes several fine original tunes to a program that constantly blends the new with the old: venerable traditional songs like "Banks of the Nile" and "Lough Erne's Shore" (the latter sung in a gorgeous, reedy tenor voice by guitarist and bouzouki player Aaron Jones) rub elbows with tune sets like the whistle-centric "Portobello" (itself a mix of traditional tunes and more recent compositions) and the hair-raisingly lovely "St. Kilda." Exotic percussion is a hallmark of the Old Blind Dogs sound, and on this album its success is more mixed than it has been on previous outings: it thumps insistently enough to suggest a Detroit house groove on "Lough Erne's Shore," but is so thuddingly insistent on the "Psychopomps" set that it ends up detracting from the tunes. And on what would otherwise have been a very nice arrangement of "Banks of the Nile," it feels clattery and disorganized and prevents the song from ever settling decisively into a groove. Old Blind Dogs deserve high praise for continuing to push this particular envelope, even if (maybe especially if) their experiments are inconsistently successful.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/07/2010
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397454221
catalogNumber: 4542
Rank: 72636

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Old Blind Dogs   Primary Artist
Nigel Hitchcock   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Rick Taylor   Trombone,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Aaron Jones   Bouzouki,Guitar,Vocals
Jonny Hardie   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Fraser Stone   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Ali Hutton   Acoustic Guitar
Angus Lyon   fender rhodes,Guest Appearance
Nathon Jones   Guitar (Resonator),Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Andy M. Stewart   Composer
Gordon Duncan   Composer
Keith Bird   Engineer
Charlie McKerron   Composer
Donald Shaw   Composer
Old Blind Dogs   Arranger,Producer
Davy Steele   Composer
Fred Morrison   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Duncan Lyall   Engineer
Alasdair White   Composer
Jamie Smith   Composer
Fraser Stone   Concept
Ali Hutton   Composer,Concept,Whistle
Angus Lyon   Engineer
Mattheu Watson   Composer
Johnny Wilmot   Composer

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