About Shooglenifty

Eddie Barcan

Still sounding fresh and innovative, and a great way to close any festival.

Eddie BarcanCambridge Folk Festival
Aidan O’Rourke

Shooglenifty invented a totally new and spellbinding way of playing ultimately Highland music as a modern groove-based entity.”

Aidan O’RourkeLau
Jun Lin Yeoh

“They are the nicest and gentlest of people, and then they go on stage to become monster musicians. It is always a joy and pleasure to work with them and to have them.”

Jun Lin YeohRainforest World Music Festival

Shooglenifty was formed in 1990 by musicians from the Scottish Highlands, Orkney and Edinburgh, its bright spark was the idea of fusing traditional and traditional-sounding melodies with the beats and basslines of a mixed bag of more contemporary influences. As happy playing a small highland village hall as they are on a outdoor festival stage playing to tens of thousands, the Shoogles (as they’re known to their fans) have promoted Scottish music all over the world for more than a quarter century. 

In 2015 they played venues in Sarawak and Stornoway, Lorient and London, Adelaide and Aberdeen, Bangalore and Bristol, and released their seventh studio album The Untied Knot. This featured the first ever collection of Shoogle songs and introduced their newest member, puirt à beul vocalist Kaela Rowan. It received a 5* ‘Top of the World’ rating in Songlines, among many other favourable reviews. Songlines also nominated the band for Best Group in early 2016. The Untied Knot was nominated for Best Album at ‘Na Trads 2015’ – the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.

The band’s gig calendar for 2016 included festivals in The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland, England, and, of course, Scotland. They were nominated for Best Scottish Group at the Sunday Herald Culture Awards in July 2016, manfully losing out to Scottish Opera.

In October 2016, the band lost their fiddler Angus R Grant, and took the end of that year to take a well-earned pause. They were bowled over by the numerous tributes and stories shared abut their influential front man, not to mention  the outpouring of love for Angus on social media. In January 2017 they channelled that emotion into a tribute gig for Angus at Celtic Connections featuring no less than 62 musicians who were all touched by his music.

2017 will be about re-grouping and putting together a documentary about the band and Angus’s influence on Scottish music over the past three decades. Tentatively entitled The High Road to Who Knows Where, the documentary will be preceded by a live video from the Celtic Connections concert featuring the talents of six leading Scottish fiddlers: Adam Sutherland, Charlie McKerron, Duncan Chisholm, Eilidh Shaw, Gavin Marwick and Laura Wilkie.

Shooglenifty will record their 8th studio album in India in 2017.

For more information please contact Jane-Ann Purdy on 07846 090357 or email shoogle@shooglenifty.com

Coming up

The Untied Knot, their seventh studio album, out now!

Their new album The High Road to Jodhpur will be recorded in India in 2017.

The return to India in October 2017 for Jodhpur Riff.