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Praise for Acid Croft Vol 9

“An epic cinematic set … it moves the spirit as much as the body *****”Oz Hardwick, RnR Magazine

“A zest and zeal that lives up to their reputation as modernisers of traditional Scottish music via their own genre ‘acid croft’ ****” – Colin Irwin, Mojo

“It’s just pure dead brilliant”Liz Lochhead


“30 years together and still one of the most exciting bands on the scene”Billy Rough, Folk Radio UK

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 an 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 three decades.

In 2015, Shooglenifty celebrated their 25th Anniversary by playing 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 to cancer, and took the end of that year to take a well-earned pause. They were bowled over by the numerous tributes and stories shared about 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 was about re-grouping, recording and beginning work on a documentary about the band and Angus’s influence on Scottish music over the past three decades.  In June 2017, the band released 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. You can watch it now on VimeoOnDemand

In December 2017, A Night For Angus won Event of the Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards (Na Trads).

The documentary, now completed, is slated for release in 2022. Watch this space!

In February 2018, Eilidh Shaw joined the band as permanent fiddle player. Eilidh is a West Highland fiddler with a playful, infectious energy who was taught by Aonghas Grant (our Angus’s father).

The Shoogles’s 8th studio album Written in Water was released in November 2018 . Recordings took place at the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur in October 2017 in 40 degree heat! Written in Water  is a joint project between Shooglenifty and Rajasthani supergroup Dhun Dhora, with whom the band have been playing with since 2014. Literally meaning ‘Music of the Dunes’ Dhun Dhora hails from the Thar Desert north west of Jodhpur, close the the Pakistani border. The band’s members are all traditional musicians who have been playing for as long as they remember and their performing lineages go back at least ten generations in each case.

Performing in two minority languages – Gaelic and Marwari – Shooglenifty and Dhun Dhora know how rich their own traditional cultures are and are at the forefront of keeping them very much alive. They may converse in different tongues but they speak the same language musically. The project is very much a live interplay of equals rather than two bands bolted together for the short term. The Indian musicians, used to a life of patronage and playing to order, were a little reticent in the early days. But they have responded, over the past few years, to the deep respect and friendship offered by the Scots and together they have developed a mischievous improvisational musical kinship that is a delight to witness.

Instrumentation on the album includes Shooglenifty’s regular line up of fiddle (supplied by the amazing Laura Wilkie), mandolin, guitar, banjo, bass, drums and vocals plus Dhun Dhora’s majestic dhol drummers Swaroop, Sattar, Channan and Pyaaru Khan Manganiyar, über vocalist and harmonium player Dayam Khan Manganiyar, morchang and bhapang specialist Latif Khan Manganiyar, master of khartal Ghafoor Khan Manganiyar and sarangi superstar Sardar Khan Langa.

The new album received several 5 * reviews and was included in Mojo’s Top Ten Folk Albums of the Year 2018. Read more about Written in Water >>

A barnstorming performance at Glasgow’s icon Barrowlands Ballroom on 25 January 2019, as part of Celtic Connections, featured two members of Dhun Dhora, and Galician vocal powerhouse Tanxugueiras. The band released their first ever single East West (recorded in Galicia with Tanxugueiras) on the same day. Read more about East West >>

And in August 2019 the band made their debut at their home city’s festival, an honour that until a few years ago, was reserved solely for the high brow. To celebrate we gave the Edinburgh International Festival its first ever stage invasion! The city’s Lyceum Theatre, accustomed to more genteel fare, didn’t know what had hit it.

Shooglenifty also marked this performance at the most prestigious arts festival in the world, with the release of their second single – a remix of Jog Yer Bones, by legendary DJ and producer Howie B. Read more about Jog Yer Bones (Howie B Remix) >>

In October the band travelled to New Zealand to play the most extensive tour of any Scottish folk act. Providing pure danceable joy to Kokomai, Nelson, Tauranga and Hawkes Bay Festivals the band also played venues up and down the country – from Auckland to Dunedin – stopping along the way at the Mussel Inn, Golden Bay where they found a special ale had been brewed in their honour. “A Whisky Kiss” made its debut in the 1990s as the owner of the bar was a mad Shoogle fan, but was brought out of retirement in 2019. Cheers!

In 2019, Shooglenifty released their first ever single East West (recorded in Galicia with Tanxugueiras) to mark their Celtic Connections appearance in January of that year. Read more about East West >>

And in August 2019 to mark their performance at the most prestigious arts festival in the world, they released their second single – a remix of Jog Yer Bones, by legendary DJ and producer Howie B. Read more about Jog Yer Bones (Howie B Remix) >>

Shooglenifty reached the ripe old age of 30 in 2020. Hopes that they would finally settle down to the quiet life were dashed when they accepted an invitation to start the year in style by performing at midnight for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. The band played gigs in the north of Scotland in February 2020 before all dates for the rest of the year were cancelled, postponed or put on hold due to the Coronvirus pandemic.

Thankfully their new album, Acid Croft Vol 9, was already in the can and the band were able to finish it in time for release on 18 September 2020.

A few crazy promo videos were made during lockdown and an online album launch in September 2020. In Summer 2021 the band returned to live performance at some open air festivals, but also managed to produce yet another crazy promo. This time they were all in the same location. For 2022 they are keeping everything crossed for getting on the road again with dates in the calendar from May.

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MUSIC and video


EAST/WEST (2019)




TROOTS (2007)














Tour dates

Live Gigs Online

Shooglenifty: Live in Balquhidder, Acid Croft Vol 9 Album Launch

September 2020

Shooglenifty: A Night For Angus

January 2017

Latest news

Shooglenifty and Dhun Dhora – Written in Water

Read all about our new album, official release 9 November 2018

Shooglenifty and the music of the dunes

Ewan on the background to our forthcoming album
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Eilidh Shaw: Q & A

Eilidh answers some daft questions

We have a new fiddle player

Welcoming Eilidh Shaw to Shooglenifty

Contact us

Contact the band …

James Mackintosh
via shooglenifty@gmail.com

Bookings …

Jen Anderson
via +44 7538 701794 or jen@apexmusic.uk

Rest of Europe, Australia and Asia
Barry Stewart  barry@midnightmango.co.uk

via ‭+49 163 9755705‬ or barry.stewart@barrystewart-concertsandtours.com