Musical partnerships

Dhun-Dhora

Dhun-Dhora

Dholak/Khartal/Sarangi

Picture shows Kaela Rowan with the Dhol Drummers from Dhun-Dhora (l-r) Channan Khan Manganiyar, Sattar Khan Manganiyar, Chhote Khan Manganiyar and Swaroop Khan Manganiyar.

2014 saw the birth of a dynamic collaboration between Shooglenifty and these master musicians of Rajasthan. Promoted by the Glasgow Games in July 2014, this coming together of some of the best roots musicians of two Commonwealth countries turned out to be an inspired pairing.

The members of Dhun-Dhora are masters of sarangi (a short necked stringed instrument), dholak (two headed drum), khartal (wooden percussion), and vocals.

The Shoogles were reunited with their Indian partners at last two Jodphur RIFF festivals where they played to excited audiences at the festival’s base in Jodhpur.

The dhol drummers joined Shooglenifty in Glasgow for our very special 25th Anniversary concert at January 2015’s Celtic Connections, and for a magical performance at Festival Interceltique de Lorient in August 2015.

In October 2016 Shooglenifty will join Dhun-Dhora at Jodhpur RIFF once again where they will perform, and record a joint album. The album will be launched by a performance by both bands at Celtic Connections in January 2017.

Kaela Rowan

Kaela Rowan

Vocals

Once heard, never forgotten, Kaela Rowan’s voice has come a long way since her teens singing in folk bands and playing sessions and festivals around her native Highlands. Citing an eclectic range ofearly influences, John Martyn, Planxty and Joni Mitchell, amongst others, Kaela has since forged her own unique path throughout the Scottish music scene.

As lead singer with influential Scottish group Mouth Music Kaela recorded three albums and toured globally playing prestigious headline slots at Womad, Glastonbury, and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations amongst others.

Much in demand for her beautiful voice, we are delighted that Kaela is featured on our new album The Untied Knot and is able to join us for many of our live performances.

Luke Plumb

Luke Plumb

Mandolin

In 2002, Shooglenifty was without a mandolin player following the departure of Iain Macleod. Their then bassist Conrad was on honeymoon in Tasmania when he was introduced to a young stringsmith of local renown, Luke Plumb. Thoroughly impressed by Luke‘s playing, Conrad asked if he’d like to join the band on their Australian tour. The band were amazed by the speed that the young player picked up their back catalogue and swiftly extended an offer of a full time position in the band. Without hesitation he moved to Scotland and soon established himself as a firm session leader both as melody player and accompanist.

In 2014, Luke decided to leave the band and move back to Australia, but we are delighted that he has allowed us to include two of his recent compositions – The Highway Carpark and The Arms of Sleep – on our 2015 release The Untied Knot.

Ross Ainslie

Ross Ainslie

Pipes/Whistles

Ross Ainslie is probably Scotland’s most sought-after piper. He has played with everyone from legendary Scottish singer/songwriter Dougie Maclean to Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, and his reputation continues to grow.

Currently Ross supplies pipes and whistles for Scottish/Latin fusion outfit Salsa Celtica, dynamic 13-piece supergroup Treacherous Orchestra, and the outstanding bi-partisan quartet India Alba. He is also half of the acclaimed piping duo Ross and Jarlath with Uilleann piper Jarlath Henderson.

With so much going on, and going for him, we are honoured that Ross is supplying whistles and pipes for our new album The Untied Knot, and are looking forward to him joining us on stage in the coming year when schedules allow.

Dolphin Boy

Dolphin Boy

DJ

Andy Levy aka Dolphin Boy has been a producer and DJ for more than 20 years, and in that time he has pulled off the neat trick of evolving and innovating whilst his early work remains as fresh as ever.

Emerging from the club scene of the early nineties, Dolphin discovered that there was life and potential in the dance music of his homeland about the same time as we did.

Immersed in Edinburgh’s melting-pot music scene he was rubbing shoulders with jazzers, folkies and DJs in the same bars and clubs, so quite naturally cross-fertilisation became his (double-barrelled) middle name.

Today Dolphin Boy mixes as easily with the Shoogles as he does with classical acts like Evelyn Glennie and David Heath, whilst still being our go-to man to get the party started, keep it going, and be the last man standing.