SHOOGLENIFTY are an Edinburgh-based six-piece Celtic fusion band blending Scottish traditional music with influences ranging from electronica to alternative rock. This time fronted by the haunting vocals of KAELA ROWAN, we are very much looking forward to their uplifting ‘get-up-and-dance’ show here at the 'Van as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary in 2015.
The Shoogles are delighted to be kicking off their 25th year in Australia where they have always enjoyed an energetic reception: this is the band that incited the first stage invasion at Sydney Opera House in 1996 after all. In 2015 they are joined by their original bass player, the funktastic Conrad Ivitsky Molleson, and a pair of extraordinarily talented newcomers will challenge their fiddle-playing front man Angus to nightly duels on stage: Ewan MacPherson on mandolin and Kaela Rowan on vocals. Sparks will fly.
Attempts to describe this almost uncatagorisable band include: ‘hypno-folkadelic-ambient-trad’ and ‘Acid-Croft’, which derives from late 1980s club music ‘Acid House’, a croft being a traditional Scottish rural dwelling.
This pioneering band is in demand all over the world and the guys have, in recent months, entertained at festivals and venues in India
and Europe. Previous career highlights include performing for Nelson Mandela and Emperor Akihito of Japan (not both at once),
performing with dhol drummers of Rajasthan at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, inciting the crowd to a stage invasion at Sydney
Opera House, and collaborating with Lebanese musicians in Beirut.
Shooglenifty was formed in Scotland 25 years ago at the height of the late 80s/early 90s electronic dance music scene, and the vibe of
that time is a key influence on their sound. Their latest album The Untied Knot will be released in January 2015 and is the first to feature
song, for the most part supplied by radiant ‘puirt a beul’ vocalist Kaela Rowan, but watch out for other members of the band showing
off their vocal abilities.
What others say …
“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. ” Simon Thoumire, Creative Director, Hands Up for Trad
“Shooglenifty invented a totally new and spellbinding way of playing ultimately Highland music as a modern groove-based entity. Along with Martyn Bennett they transformed this ancient music with respect and vision. 25 years on they continue to blaze a trail of ‘acid-croft’ that no others can touch.” Aidan O’Rourke, Lau
More info: www.shooglenifty.com
About Kaela Rowan
” Graced by Kaela Rowan’s beautifully impassioned vocals..” Sue Wilson The Scotsman.
Once heard, never forgotten, Kaela Rowan’s voice has come a long way since her teens singing in folk bands and playing sessions and festivals around her native Highlands. Citing an eclectic range of early influences, John Martyn, Planxty and Joni Mitchell, amongst others, Kaela has since forged her own unique path throughout the Scottish music scene.
Moving to Edinburgh in her twenties, her passion for traditional song and dance led her to her training in community arts and ultimately becoming a dance and traditional music tutor for various organisations , including Dance Base & Feisean Nan Gaidheal. Currently Kaela holds the post of the Scottish Borders Traditional Song Development Worker.
As lead singer with influential Scottish group “Mouth Music” Kaela recorded three albums and toured globally playing prestigious headline slots at Womad, Glastonbury, and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations amongst others.
Much in demand for her beautiful voice , she has recorded and performed with such acclaimed acts as Shooglenifty, The Mike McGoldrick Band, Eliza Carthy Band, Nusa,The Loveboat Big Band and most recently the Bevvy Sisters Debut album “St James Sessions”.
Her own group has featured on TV award winning BBC Scotland music Series Ceol Tacsi ,as well as an appearance on BBC Scotlands Horo Gheallaidh.
Recent touring Highlights include a magical trip to Jodphur in Rajasthan for the 2013 RIFF Festival, where Kaela and her partner James Mackintosh, alongside band members Ewan Macpherson and Patsy Reid, performed on the mainstage alongside several incredible Rajasthani musicians, including members of the local Khan family, to make an extraordinary musical collaboration. Check it out in the clip above.Menagerie is Kaela’s debut solo album.
More info: http://www.kaelarowan.com/