Shooglenifty: East West
  • Edinburgh International Festival

Formed in Edinburgh in 1990, Shooglenifty hasalways embraced a wide church of influences. The band draws in members from the Highlands and Islands, and the city, from traditional musical backgrounds, and those shaped by more experimental genres. A Shooglenifty concert is a celebration of all those forces and many more, influences picked up in almost three decadestogether.

This concert draws together international collaborators who contributed to the bands globe-trotting recording projects in recent years, namely their five-star album Written in Water, produced in Rajasthan with Dhun Dhora (included in music bible Mojos folk Top Ten for 2018), and the timely humanitarian anthem East West recorded in Galicia with Tanxugueiras.

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