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Famous the world over for inventing Techno Ceilidh, Acid Croft and Hypnofolkadelia, Shooglenifty's original and exciting sound has launched the band on an international career. A wild uptempo mix of trad talent and super funky phonics melding heritage and hedonism into one unbreakable whole.
"Cheeky, impertinent; simply brilliant." Bright Young Folk
“This is tradition standing on its head... doing cart wheels and pole vaulting over every barrier in sight...” The Irish Times
“...a bit like a jam between the Tannahill Weavers, Phish and The Chemical Brothers.” -- Chicago Tribune
Shooglenifty is one of Scotland's most unique musical exports. This six-man band is credited being the originators of “acid-croft,” a fiery and infectious blend of Celtic traditional music and dance grooves that band members decribe as “hypno-folkadelic ambient trad.”
Their fiery instrumental lyricism, pulsating with infectious rhythm and drive, creates a sound that is at once epic and inclusive, soulful and stirring; and commands a musical presence that takes the crowd by the hands and dances them on an exhilarating romp through unchartered and fiercely exciting new territory.
A supremely dexterous and witty live band, their energetic live performances have kept them in constant demand around the world. The Evening News in London, England said of a Shooglenifty live performance, “This virtuoso band started building crescendos from the start, each one higher than the last, until the final, shuddering chord left the crown breathless and cheering wildly.”
Shooglenifty are: Malcolm Crosbie, acoustic and electric guitars; Garry Finlayson, banjo and banjax; Angus A. Grant, fiddle; Luke Plumb, mandolin, banjo and bououki; Quee MacArthur, bass and percussion; and James Mackintosh, drums, machines and darabuka.
ISLE OF SKYE Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Sleat IV44 8RQ
ABERDEEN Lemon Tree, 5 West North St, AB24 5AT
ORKNEY FOLK FESTIVAL, Firth KW15 1TS
EAST KILBRIDE Arts Centre, 51 Old Coach Road G74 4DU
DUNFERMLINE Carnegie Hall, East Port, KY12 7JA
STRANRAER The Grainstore DG9 7JA
EDINBURGH The Attic Opium, 71 Cowgate EH1 1JW
SALISBURY Arts Centre, Bedwin St SP1 3UT
FYLDE FOLK FESTIVAL Marine Hall, Esplanade, Fleetwood FY7 6HF