FOLK

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - Tony Hil­lier

SHOOGLENIFTY have sin­gle- hand­edly pro­pelled Scot­tish in­stru­men­tal mu­sic into the 21st cen­tury, unit­ing dance club cul­ture and folk club tra­di­tion with their so- called ‘‘ acid croft’’ and ‘‘ hyp­no­folkedelic am­bi­ent trance’’. Which makes it a tad ironic that the Ed­in­burgh band’s funky, glob­ally in­flu­enced and elec­tron­i­cally en­hanced take on jigs and reels has been in­creas­ingly driven by a Tas­ma­nian Johnny- come- lately. If man­dolin whiz Luke Plumb, a rel­a­tive new chum, left his mark on the Shoogles’ pre­vi­ous two al­bums, his thumbprints are all over Troots . Be­sides his dex­ter­ous lead play­ing, the young in­stru­men­tal­ist is also in the van com­pos­ing- wise, hav­ing writ­ten six of the 10 tracks. Not that Shooglenifty are a one- man band. Fid­dler, gui­tarist, ban­jax ( a cus­tomised hi- tech banjo), bass and drums play an equal part in the cre­ation of the Shoogle sound. De­spite the band’s use of ef­fects, there is a re­fresh­ing ab­sence of con­trivance in their mu­sic. This is where tra­di­tion­ally based folk tunes with sub­tle world mu­sic colour­ing mesh with the rhyth­mic en­ergy of con­tem­po­rary dance mu­sic. Troots Shooglenifty Shoogle/ www. in­diecds. com

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