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Shooglenifty (Scotland), Tom Fun and the Colin Grant Band play Oct 7 in Sydney

By Administrator

Celtic Colours International Festival and House of Rock team up to present “Shoogs over Sydney” - a Thanksgiving weekend party featuring acclaimed Scottish dance / world beat band Shooglenifty.

In what is sure to become an annual tradition, the Celtic Colours International Festival and the House of Rock have teamed up to present one of the most exciting musical events of the year. Shoogs Over Sydney, Sunday, October 7 at the Sydney Marine Terminal, features Cape Breton's Tom Fun Family Orchestra and the Colin Grant Band with headliners Shooglenifty from Edinburgh, Scotland. The concert, restricted to 19 years and over, runs from 9pm-1am.

Taking their name from the Scottish word for "shake", Shooglenifty is one of Scotland's most innovative and exciting bands. With influences much wider than the average Celtic revivalists, their music has been described as "hypnofolkadelia". Using banjo, banjax, mandolin, piano, fiddle and acoustic guitar, the Shoogs explore the sound of traditional Scottish instrumental tunes layered atop modern dance grooves propelled by drums, bass, and percussion. Samples, drum loops and effects add to the excitement and make this 21st century music to dance to.

The Tom Fun Family Orchestra features an ambitious mix of electric and acoustic instruments and enough skilled musicians on stage to intimidate even the largest crowds. Marrying a nine piece bluegrass-gypsy orchestra of violin, banjo, accordion, trumpet and double bass to a driving trio of rock guitars and pounding drums, the band plays infectious shuffles, swing numbers and high energy rock anthems infused with soaring leads and cutting melodies. The sweet voice of Alicia Penney contrasts with Ian MacDougall’s gruff delivery of ol’ Tom Fun’s truly fantastic tales.

When Colin Grant's family moved to Cape Breton in 1998, the fourteen year old immersed himself in the local music scene, taking lessons in fiddle and guitar. Performing at ceilidhs, dances, and concerts all over the island helped him develop a clean and lively style of playing. After more than 200 performances as a member of the revue show Cape Breton Lyrics and Laughter, Colin released his self-titled debut CD, financed by the Celtic Colours Drivers Association, at last year's Festival. Featuring tunes like "Driv’er Like Ya Stole’er", the album captures the energy of Colin's fiery live performance.

Tickets for Shoogs Over Sydney are available through the Celtic Colours box office by phoning 902-567-3000 or online at www.celtic-colours.com.

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