Formed in Edinburgh, Scotland, Shooglenifty began life with a residency at the La Belle Angele pub and quickly drew a strong fanbase for their energised, contemporary roots material. Comprising Iain Macleod (4 April 1962, Strathy Point, Scotland; mandolin), Angus R. Grant (b. 14 February 1967, Fort William, Scotland; fiddle), Garry Finlayson (b. 24 September 1952, Kirkwall, Scotland; banjo/banjax), Malcolm Crosbie (b. 25 May 1960, Edinburgh, Scotland; guitar/whistling), Conrad Ivitsky (b. 28 October 1968, Edinburgh, Scotland; bass) and James MacKintosh (b. 11 August 1966, Fort William, Scotland; drums/piano), the band members previous experiences had included stints with Capercaillie, the House Band, Mouth Music and Miro. All bar Macleod had also been part of the Edinburgh psychobilly act, Swamptrash.
By 1995 Shooglenifty were playing at the Hogmanay celebrations in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh in front of an audience...