Old Blind Dogs The World’s Room

Apart from the funky and upbeat “Edward,” I much prefer this Scottish band’s instrumentals to their vocal performances. The rousing build of “The Branle,” “Bannockburn Road” and “The Ritual” confirms the dynamic music this quintet can make with a dramatic blend of bagpipes, bouzouki, harmonica, mandolin, penny whistle and violin. The lyrical “Roslin Castle” is a poignant ballad that shows these guys possess a sensitive touch to match their vigour. Old Blind Dogs are at the forefront of Scotland’s Celtic revival and The World’s Room offers a strong introduction to their musical prowess. (Green Linnet)