Shooglenifty and Ciaran Ryan Band
Folk fusion sensations Shooglenifty formed in 1990 by musicians from the Scottish Highlands, Orkney and Edinburgh. They fuse traditional and traditional-sounding melodies with the beats and basslines of more contemporary influences. Festival favourites and creators of ‘Acid Croft’, the band have promoted Scottish music all over the world for 3 decades.
In a career spanning many firsts – the first band to incite a stage invasion at the Sydney Opera House, the first UK band to play in Cuba, and the first Scots to perform in the Borneo Rainforest – Shooglenifty blazed a trail that many other top Scottish traditional bands have followed. They will get you on your feet with their electric new tunes and a full-on set of old favourites. On sparkling form and armed with a brand new album of fresh tunes, released during lockdown, the Shoogles entertain as only they can.
“A zest and zeal that lives up to their reputation as modernisers of traditional Scottish music via their own genre ‘acid croft’" **** (Colin Irwin, Mojo)
Ciaran Ryan is a veteran performer having toured the worlds stages for a decade, mainly as a founding member of world-folk band Dallahan. He is becoming one of the foremost tenor banjo players the UK has ever produced. Ciaran now brings his prolific writing and stage experience to his solo show of all-original music. Expect a high-octane spectacle of ferocious banjo led music and sheer instrumental brilliance. His music is loosely grown out of his traditional Irish music upbringing, that nod towards the idioms of American folk music, rock and EDM.