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St. Michael's welcomes Scotland's 'Old Blind Dogs'

One of Scotland's favorite folk bands is coming to Prescott on Thursday, May 12, for a 7 p.m. concert in the St. Michael's ballroom.

The band's roots are in Aberdeenshire on the northern coast of Scotland, an area steeped in traditional songs and fiddle tunes.

The "Montreal Gazette" called them "A Scots neo-traditional supergroup with a bracingly modern musical attack."

The group has performed all over the world and is a favorite of England's Prince Charles.

Dynamic percussion and bluesy harmonica fuel delicately phrased melodies in the group's trademark style.

Traditional music includes such common Scottish instruments as the bagpipes, fiddle, bhoran (hand-held drum), strings and accordian.

"Traditional music from the 1800's was often played acoustically they're amplified," said promoter David McNabb.

"They're a little on the edge for traditional style."

The band has released eight albums, the most recent of which is "The Gab o Mey," meaning the end of winter, the beginning of May in Scots dialect.

"I listen to all the Scottish music and traditional bands and they are my favorite.

"They are the top of the game as far as Scottish music goes right now," said McNabb.

Tickets are available for $20 for general seating and $25 for preferred seating at AZ Music Pro, Knife Factory Outlet in Prescott Valley or I'm Game in Chino Valley.

More information on the band is available at its record company's Web site at www.greenlinnet.com.

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