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Scottish Folk Fusion Stars Shooglenifty Touring New Zealand In October

Scottish Folk Fusion Stars Shooglenifty Touring New Zealand In October

C.C. / Tuesday 1st October, 2019 12:57PM

Scottish folk fusion crew Shooglenifty will be delivering a whole heaping helping of their patented "Acid Croft" action to Aotearoa audiences on their spring national tour, kicking off at Wellington's San Fran in mid-October. Local punters will get a first look at new songs from the long-running seven-piece band's forthcoming ninth studio album, due to drop in conjunction with their 30th Anniversary celebrations in 2020. With members hailing from the Scottish Highlands, Orkney and Edinburgh, the live favourites are famed for their high spirited melting pot of Celtic traditional music and dance grooves, and recently played a bustling sold out event at the Edinburgh International Festival – catch them while you can at the dates below.

Shooglenifty's Quee MacArthur shared his enthusiasm for the New Zealand tour: “We have always loved to play in the land of the long cloud and have enjoyed a great reception from enthusiastic and friendly Kiwi audiences. We are looking forward to seeing more of the country on this tour and meeting new people.”


Friday 17th October - San Fran, Wellington
Saturday 18th October - KOKOMAI Creative Festival, Wairarapa
Sunday 19th October - Nelson Arts Festival
Monday 20th October - The Mussel Inn, Onekaka
Wednesday 22th October - Blue Smoke, Christchurch
Thursday 23th October - Dunedin Folk Club
Friday 24th October - The Tuning Fork, Auckland
Saturday 25th October - Tauranga Arts Festival
Sunday 26th October - Harcourts Hawke's Bay Arts Festival
Monday 27th October - Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Tickets and details available via Shooglenifty's website 

Check out a live clip of Shooglenifty in action, playing 'Da Eye Wifey' (from 1996's A Whiskey Kiss) at 2015's Cambridge Folk Festival...

Experience the video for Shooglenifty featuring Tanxugueiras' 2019 single 'East West'...

Listen to Shooglenifty's latest single 'Jog Yer Bones (Howie B Remix)'...

Press release:

Scottish folk fusion stars Shooglenifty will be performing tunes and songs old and new when they head back New Zealand in October.

Shooglenifty stir up a fiery and infectious blend of Celtic traditional music and dance grooves known as ‘hypno-folkadelic ambient trad’. Famed for their out-of-the-box performances, fling your frustrations out the door and skip right up to the cèilidh with these inventive and brilliant Scots.

Seven piece Scottish band introducing a new pint-sized fireball fiddle player Eilidh Shaw to southern hemisphere audiences . Fresh from a sell-out gig at the world’s most prestigious arts event, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Shoogles are on sparkling form.

Audiences in NZ will be the first to sample some of the band’s new tunes currently being prepared for their ninth studio album, slated for release in their 30th Anniversary year 2020.

They will, of course, be also showcasing many old favourites from their massive back catalogue, and are looking forward to introducing audiences to their effervescent new fiddler Eilidh Shaw (The Poozies).

Shooglenifty was formed in 1990 by musicians from the Scottish Highlands, Orkney and Edinburgh, its bright spark was the idea of fusing traditional and traditional-sounding melodies with the beats and basslines of a mixed bag of more contemporary influences. As happy playing a small highland village hall as they are on an outdoor festival stage playing to tens of thousands, the Shoogles (as they’re known to their fans) have promoted Scottish music all over the world for more nearly three decades.


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Thu 17th Oct
San Fran, Wellington
Sat 19th Oct
Founders Heritage Park, Nelson
Sun 20th Oct
Mussel Inn, Takaka
Tue 22nd Oct
Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch
Wed 23rd Oct
50 Dundas, Dunedin
Thu 24th Oct
The Tuning Fork, Auckland
Sun 27th Oct
Nivara Lounge, Hamilton