Shooglenifty at the Fringe - Keep on Shooglin’

This article is from 2009.

Shooglenifty at the Edge Festival - Keep on Shooglin’

When Shooglenifty burst onto the Scottish folk scene in the early 90s playing their radical new take on traditional music-meets-club culture (quickly dubbed ‘acid croft’), their impact was enormous. According to co-founder Garry Finlayson, there was no great blueprint in place when they emerged out of the break-up of Edinburgh ‘psycho-rockabilly’ outfit Swamptrash.

‘There was no master plan on the drawing board. I think the music developed the way it did because it was the inevitable product of the musicians that we are. It was a very organic process. We didn’t really spend time thinking about what we were going to do or trying to verbalise our direction. We just did it.’

Original members Finlayson (banjo), Angus J Grant (fiddle), Malcolm Crosbie (guitar) and James Makintosh (drums) are still in the six-piece band, along with Luke Plumb (mandolin) and Quee MacArthur (bass). The unexplored musical routes they opened up are much more populous these days, but they have continued to develop their own eclectic grooves and their incendiary live gigs remain hugely popular.

Queen’s Hall, 668 3456, 12 Aug, 10pm; 27 Aug, 7pm, £15, £13.


Funky ambient folk band from Edinburgh.


Well-established as one of the best Celtic and Scottish music festivals in the country with a varied programme of seated concerts, ceilidhs and stomps across three days and nights. The festival line-up features some of the biggest names from the worlds of Scottish traditional and contemporary music.

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