Scotland’s Acid croft pioneers Shooglenifty kicked off their 25th Anniversary year with a jumping sell-out gig at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket. Snake-hipped fiddle-toting Highland front man Angus R Grant still rules the roost after a quarter century, but he has been joined centre stage by fiery young mandolinist Ewan MacPherson and ‘puirt a beul’ vocalist Kaela Rowan. It’s a potent mix that has invigorated a band that still retains four of its original members: Angus, Garry Finlayson on electric and acoustic banjo, Malcolm Crosbie on guitars, and James Mackintosh on percussion. The seventh member is their bass player of over a decade Quee Macarthur.
The Shoogles can’t think of a better way to continue their anniversary celebrations than an appearance at the Rainforest Festival. They have been regulars in Borneo since the Festival’s inception, and never have to think twice when receiving an invitation to play. Expect to hear the exquisite traditional sounding tunes of their homeland fused with devilishly dirty rhythms, and, thanks to their globetrotting adventures a rich back catalogue of international influences. There will be dancing.