New Tricks

By Old Blind Dogs

  1. Bennachie
  2. The Garnethill
    Miss Mairi MacPhail Of Laxdale
  3. The Bonnie Banks O’ Fordie
  4. J&b
    The Bonawe Highlanders
  5. The Wee Wee German Lairdie
  6. The Monaghan
  7. The Bonnie Lass O’ Fyvie
  8. Song For Autumn
  9. Gala Water
  10. Dinky’s
    A Shetland Tune
    Andy Renwick’s Ferret
    Dinky’s
    Cuttymun And Treladle
  11. Bedlam Boys
    The Rights Of Man

Seven comments

There are some great tunes on this album. Jonny Hardie, who plays
the fiddle and recorder (and other misc instruments) is a wonderful
musician. The Ferret Set (track 10), is a roaring set that includes Dinky’s
Reel (or as they spell in Dinkies) and Andy Renwick’s Ferret (the
spelled his last name Rennick). Jonny really
shows his nimble fiddle fingers on that track. He plays the recorder
as the lead on Monaghan’s Jig, one of my favorite versions of that tune,
giving it lots of life. If you are into songs, there a several good ones
on this recording. Probably my favorite, The Wee Wee German Lairdie
is a fun satirical song about the Hanoverian King, George I - the drumming
on that tune is arranged well, very driving. On the very last track, they
combined a song (?) the Bedlam Boys with the well known Rights of
Man hornpipe. Another great one.

I messed up entering this recording, only the Rights of Man shows the
link to the tunes in the tunes database. The ferret is definitely in the database.
And I would guess that Monahan’s is as well. I think it was because
the names are spelled differently that the ones in the database. I
changed the spelling on the recording, should I have added different
spellings to the tunes database instead? Maybe Jeremy can fix it for me?

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Hi, does anyone knows if "Miss Mairi MacPhail Of Laxdale" it’s their original tune? or maybe goes by other names too?
Thanks

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On Mainly Norfolk, the composer is listed as Alistair Foote. I’m not sure about possible alternative titles for the tune.

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According to the sleeve notes, "Miss Mairi MacPhail of Laxdale was written by Aberdonian box player Alistair Foote. Most tunes are written by hand, this one was written by A Foote."

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Thank you very much, do you know if any of OBD albums was released in vinyl at any point?

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I don’t think so, from looking at Mainly Norfolk and Discogs. They started recording around the time period that LP’s were being replaced. There seem to be mostly cds, though the first album listed on Discogs also has "cass" written on it so I assume that at one time a cassette of it was available.

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That’s what I was thinking…it’s a shame…I ‘d love to have new tricks on vinyl 😕