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Last night (Tuesday 20 January 2015) at the CCA we were joined on stage by our Rajasthani friends for the BBC Radio Scotland Celtic Connections Show. The clip below features Someone’s Welcome to Somewhere from our soon to be released album, and then the drummers asked to play our fastest tune, so Venus in Tweeds it was (top clip)!
Thanks to Louis deCarlo and Hands Up For Trad for sharing these pix from Saturday night
90s line-up Shooglenifty featuring (l-r) Iain Macleod (mandolin), Conrad Ivitsky (Molleson) (bass), James Mackintosh (drums), Garry Finlayson (banjo), Angus R Grant (fiddle), Malcolm Crosbie (guitar).
We’re all delighted to be playing the Scottish Trad Awards aka Na Trads in Inverness on Saturday 13 December 2014, writes James Mackintosh. And because we’re about to celebrate a very special anniversary, we will be reuniting our original line up for one night only.
We’re kicking off our our quarter century celebrations a little early at Na Trads, so for Auld Lang Syne we’ve invited original members Iain Macleod and Conrad Ivitsky Molleson to join Angus, Garry, Malcolm and I for a set or two … crash helmets at the ready!
Then the 2014 line up will take to the stage including, after several months of tough initiation, the now fully fledged mando Shoogle Ewan MacPherson, alongside honorary Shoogle Laura Beth Salter. With special guest Kaela Rowan on vocals and Shoogle stalwart Quee Macarthur on bass, we’ll play out the night with tunes and songs from our forthcoming album, The Untied Knot.
Luke Plumb’s absence gives particular cause for celebration as his excuse is imminent fatherhood, so we’d like wish him and the family all the very best, and we look forward to meeting the wee Plumb in Australia very soon.
In the meantime we’re looking forward to Shoogle Max at Na Trads. Hope you can join us. Get tickets here.
Just click on the link and download your own Shooglenifty 25th Anniversary tour poster. Feel free to print it out and stick it up somewhere. And if you feel so inclined take a pic of your poster and post it on our Facebook page. Would be great to see where they end up!
Check out what the RIFF camera made of the finale of our performance with the Master Musicians of Rajasthan in Jodhpur in October 2014, stay tuned to the end for a bit of interpretive dance from James Mackintosh. Yes really!
We are really looking forward to the Scottish Trad Awards this year because we are going to be playing and anticipating our 25th Anniversary Year, coming up in 2015. What we didn’t know when we agreed to play was that two of our band members would be nominated for awards … in the same category!
Our amazing new mandolin player Ewan MacPherson has been nominated as instrumentalist of the year, as has our very modest (and great) drummer and percussionist James Mackintosh. Both are fabulous and highly acclaimed musicians, and both are essential elements of the Shooglenifty sound.
Here’s what James said about his nomination: “I’m surprised and delighted to be nominated … looking forward to the gathering, tunes, friends and craic.” And Ewan had this to say, “The level of musicianship is amazing on the scene just now, I could pick any number of players at random who are all worthy of this category. So it’s great to be working amongst such good friends and musicians.”
I think you’ll agree it’s a dilemma. So all we can say, is it’s up to you. Read the info and make your choice, and hopefully see you at the gig on Saturday 13 December at Inverness Leisure. You can buy tickets here
Thanks to top video whiz Rupert Shanks for this video filmed at one of our Famous Spiegeltent gigs in August. If you were there, see if you can spot yourself!
Thanks to James for bringing these pix home of the guys enjoying their time at the recent RIFF Festival in Jodhpur.