Shooglenifty's late, great fiddler Angus Grant was heard to proclaim "Aye there's nothing like a wee bit of folk music on a Thursday night" as the audience at Comrie White Church went off for a lie down after their momentous gig there a few years back
Veteran Celtic groove merchants Shooglenifty are the leading lights in Scotland’s inventive music scene. From the early nineties to current day they have led the pack with innovative arrangements, brilliant tunes and true worldwide appeal. Self-styled as “Acid Croft”, they have the musical wanderlust as well as the rocking electric bottom end to summon their audience to a world ceildh. The Shoogles are a band of 7 musicians whose sole function is to turn the place into a mega world trad rocking party.
DJ Dolphin Boy says of them - "I can still remember the deep shock (and seething indignation!) I felt when I discovered that traditional music could be funky. It was nearly 25 years ago and I was trying to look inconspicuous, hiding at the back of a dark, dank cellar in Edinburgh as Shooglenifty took to the stage. Until this point I’d had a very narrow view of folk music and was expecting some kind of Jimmy Shand with a drum machine routine. But it wasn’t like that. The Shoogles started with a soulful Celtic techno rumba and I watched in horror as my feet started to move spasmodically and my knees, normally so reliable, began to vibrate wildly. (This was before Riverdance.) I grudgingly realised that resistance was futile and within ten minutes I was in front of the stage, doing what could loosely be descrbed as dancing and grinning like an idiot. I’m sure Shooglenifty have performed this service for many more people over the years and I, for one, would like to thank them."
Shooglenifty will be supported by Comrie's own Finn Paul. Finn is an upcoming singer-songwriter who blends 60's folk-revival inspired guitar playing with a modern, soulful voice and bold ambient textures. His debut album Wind and Stone, is heavily influenced by the modern obsession with escapism as well as Finn's own fascination with history, fantasy and its relevance to our lives now.