Unlike their contemporaries: Salsa Celtica, Afro-Celt Sound System, Croft No 5, The Peatbog Faeries – who seem to revel in a jostle for position between melody and underlying rhythmic complexity (which is undeniably thrilling) – there has always been a unique subtleness and space about the ‘Shoogle’ sound that makes them such a distinctly listenable band, while at the same time yielding a sound that confirms them as vibrant, festival dancefloor fillers.
And it is that sense of space that enables the wonderful conversation between the two very different musical traditions to fully flower, marking a fitting tribute both to the late Angus R Grant (Shoogle’s brilliant fiddle player, whose role Laura Wilkie plays with great empathy throughout) and Dhun Dhora’s Roshan Khan.
The result is a superb release that skilfully avoids any suggestion of bland, mid-tempo, ‘world music’ mish-mash.
An absolute triumph.
AudioCelt Star Rating: 5 out of 5