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 nearly three decades.
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.
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).
Shooglenifty will be 30 in 2020. Hopes that they will 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.
Full line up is:EILIDH SHAW, Fiddle - EWAN MACPHERSON, Mandolin/Tenor Banjo/Jaw harp - MALCOLM CROSBIE, Guitars - GARRY FINLAYSON, Banjo/Banjax - JAMES MACKINTOSH, Drums/Percussion - QUEE MACARTHUR, Bass and KAELA ROWAN,Vocals