Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Indian Summer in the West - Getting Shoogled

After a great day paddling and sunbathing, we drove to Glenuig to watch one of our favourite bands, Shooglenifty, play at their spiritual home in the tiny Glenuig Hall.  Variously described as Progressive Celtic, Folk, World and Acid Croft, they make a great  sound led by fiddle, mandolin and banjo.

Following an impromptu warm-up set by Jim Hall with his sons, Shooglenifty came onstage at 9.45pm.  The place was crammed, and although we've both seen the band before, nothing could compare with seeing them at this venue.  For the next 3 hours, the hall was absolutely jumping - at the short interval, fiddler Angus Grant implored the crowd to "drink plenty of water, go get some fresh air!"

The second set was, if anything, more frenetic.  Superb musicianship and a fantastic atmosphere with an encore that had to be heard to be believed.  They eventually called it a night just short of 1am, probably because the bar was about to shut!

A memorable gig; everyone left well and truly Shoogled.

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