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Os­car the Hypno-Dog and Other Tails Ham­mer­toe

Records With all pro­ceeds from this al­bum go­ing to the non-profit Ir­ish char­ity Dogs in Dis­tress, it would take a cruel-hearted per­son in­deed to knock spots off a col­lec­tion of songs that ex­tol the virtues of our ca­nine friends. It be­gins with Cathy Davey’s ren­di­tion of How Much Is That Doggy in the Win­dow?, which might be the epit­ome of twee but which is, con­cep­tu­ally, the en­try point into a really ter­rific se­lec­tion of orig­i­nal ma­te­rial. High­lights in­clude the su­perb The Eh Eh Song (Cathy Davey); the odd, af­fect­ing Dog Baby (Lisa O’Neill); the svelte Fur (David Turpin); the spec­tral Dig­ging (RSAG); and the Johnny Cash-sounda­like One Ear Up, One Ear Down (Haller Haller and the Hooli­gans). To all in­volved: take a bow (wow). No, se­ri­ously. dogsindis­tress.org

TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Down­load: Cathy Davey, The Eh Eh Song; Lisa O’Neill, Dog Baby; David Turpin, Fur

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