Heading West: A Story About A Band Called Shooglenifty

Following its premiere at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, comes this uplifting gem for fans of Shooglenifty, both old and new.

Formed in Edinburgh in 1990, Shooglenifty became a popular sensation renowned for uniquely combining traditional folk music and melodies with all kinds of contemporary music genres. As their music spread, they performed in venues both big and small all across the world.

But in 2016, their fiddler and frontman, Angus R. Grant, died aged just 49. Heading West charts the band’s members as they navigate their grief and introspection. Following celebratory concerts in Angus’s honour, they reflect on the music he has left behind, and they ask whether they can carry on without him. This takes us out to the Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India, where they record a moving tribute to their late frontman. Upon their return to Scotland they will find out whether the music does indeed live on.

12A: infrequent strong language

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