Venus In Need
Download of the brand new album
The Road To Bread
Brand new album on CD
Brand new CD + Shoogle or Green Acid Croft T shirt
Brand new CD + limited edition Jog Yer Bones t shirt
A Fistful Of Rupees
Signed CD + limited edition Jog Yer Bones t shirt
The Price Of A Jig
Signed CD + limited edition Jog Yer Bones t-shirt + 12 inch print of the album cover
Ful Tae The Heid O Spangly Boots
Signed CD + limited edition Jog Yer Bones t-shirt + 12 inch print of the album cover + Executive Producer credit
The video shows us (Shooglenifty) talking about our 8th studio album. You'll see us recording the album, and performing a track, Jog Yer Bones, at the Jodhpur Riff festival. All this activity took place with Rajasthani supergroup Dhun Dhora at the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur in October 2017, and the film also includes some magical footage from the Fort and the surrounding town. You'll see that it was quite a challenge for us pasty Scots to work in the 40 degree heat!
The High Road To Jodhpur (working title) is a joint project between the Shoogles and Dhun Dhora, with whom we have been playing with since 2014. Literally meaning "Music of the Dunes" Dhun Dhora hails from the Thar Desert north west of Jodhpur, close the the Pakistani border. The band's members are all traditional musicians who have been playing for as long as they remember and their performing lineages go back at least ten generations in each case.
Together we form a band of 15 musicians performing in two minority languages, Gaelic and Marwari. We may converse in different tongues but we speak the same language musically. The project is very much a live interplay of equals rather than two bands bolted together for the short term. The Indian musicians, used to a life of patronage and playing to order, were a little reticent in the early days, but they have responded, over the past few years, to our deep respect and friendship. Together we have developed a mischievous improvisational musical kinship that is a delight to witness.
WHO'S PLAYING ON THE ALBUM?
Instrumentation on the album includes Shooglenifty's regular line up of fiddle (supplied by the amazing Laura Wilkie), mandolin, guitar, banjo, bass, drums and vocals plus Dhun Dhora's majestic dhol drummers Swaroop, Sattar, Channan and Pyaaru Khan Manganiyar, whom you might have seen at our 25th Anniversary Concert in January 2015. Also featured are über vocalist and harmonium player Dayam Khan Manganiyar, and morchang and bhapang specialist Latif Khan Manganiyar, both of whom made their presence felt at A Night For Angus (Celtic Connections 2017). Master of khartal Ghafoor Khan Manganiyar and sarangi superstar Sardar Khan Langa complete the band.
As is traditional with Shoogle albums the cover is also extremely important, and this time we have commissioned a miniaturist painter in Rajasthan to do the honours and we're really looking forward to seeing how that turns out.
HOW YOU CAN HELP ...
The new CD will be launched at a number of very special festival appearances in August 2018, but right now we need your help to get it to the manufacturers. We have been very lucky to receive funding from Creative Scotland for this album, but they will only part-fund recording projects meaning that the rest of the finance must be raised by us. Through the sales of merchandise etc we have done pretty well, but just need a wee bit of extra help to produce the final product.
So check out our rewards and see what you'd like, then add your pledge to the relevant section. Whatever you choose, you can be sure that you will receive the album before anyone else.
All rewards include postage, where required, to Europe. A small extra charge is applied for shipping to anywhere else in the world. Please leave a note when ordering t-shirts to let us know size (in the case of Jog Yer Bones) and size and type of t-shirt (in the case of Acid Croft/Shoogle).
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