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The Untied Knot - Shooglenifty

This is Shooglenifty’s seventh studio album, and the first to feature a collection of songs. The breathtaking 'puirt a beul' (mouth music) of Gaelic vocalist Kaela Rowan brings a captivating and energising new element to the band's sound, and further confounds any attempt to categorise them.

The Untied Knot drops additional pins in the Shoogles' map of international influences, this time hitting the road from Scotland to Rajasthan. Watch out for James Mackintosh and Kaela Rowan's The High Road To Jodhpur, a tune that makes that connection explicit, whilst Burns’s Tam o’Shanter is the ‘closer to home’ inspiration for the title track by Quee MacArthur.

Former band member Luke Plumb's fresh compositions - the psychedelic Arms of Sleep and The Highway Carpark, a 'hurry up and wait' classic - are included, whilst new mandolin player Ewan MacPherson makes his mark with three tunes. His Somebody's Welcome To Somewhere, a tongue-in-cheek Highland march, features the princely pipes of a guesting Ross Ainslie. Ewan also contributes a dark nautical romp The Devil's Breath Hornpipe, and speedy pair of reels clearly spawned by the Shoogle dance gene: Samhla Reel/Scolpaig.

A dazzling contribution by Garry 'Banjo' Finlayson, The Scorpian (sic) is a fascinating and enigmatic creature, whilst Fitzroy's Crossing, the striking Antipodean closing track by Shooglenifty front man Angus R Grant, is proof positive that there is no musical journey this band can't take.

The official release date for The Untied Knot is Monday 6 July 2015

London Mandolin Ensemble

The North East Mandolin Band

Image: The North East Mandolin Band

The North East Mandolin Band now has around 20 members but always looking for more members on mandolin, piano accordion, bass or light percussion.

The mandolin players do not have to be able to read music.

Based around Newcastle upon Tyne they have a fortnightly private rehearsal in Cramlington with the odd public performance but hope to do more.

More details on jimmypowells.co.uk

Mandolin.org.uk Featured Artist:

Image: Adam BulleyAdam Bulley

25 year old guitarist/mandolinist from Perth, Scotland

Mandolin.org.uk Featured Band:

Image: Four Hand ReelFour Hand Reel

The four hands of our duo play tunes and songs from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Galicia, North America, French Canada, Sweden, and eastern Europe, as well as several new compositions of our own.

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Trevor Moyle
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