Famous the world over for inventing Techno Ceilidh, Acid Croft and Hypnofolkadelia, Shooglenifty's original and exciting sound has launched the band on an international career. A wild uptempo mix of trad talent and super funky phonics melding heritage and hedonism into one unbreakable whole.
Shooglenifty is one of Scotland's most unique musical exports, credited with being the originators of "acid-croft," a fiery and infectious blend of Celtic traditional music and dance grooves that band members describe as "hypno-folkadelic ambient trad."
Their fiery instrumental lyricism, pulsating with infectious rhythm and drive, creates a sound that is at once epic and inclusive, soulful and stirring; and commands a musical presence that takes the crowd by the hands and dances them on an exhilarating romp through unchartered and fiercely exciting new territory.
"This is tradition standing on its head... doing cart wheels and pole vaulting over every barrier in sight..." THE IRISH TIMES
Peter Knight's Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as "another milestone in folk's rebirth of cool", but those in the know will tell you that there is more to Gigspanner than meets the eye.
Without doubt, a bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span's erstwhile legendary fiddle player. But, Gigspanner's musical reach flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences, transporting audiences on a "blistering pace of a musical world tour" (Phil Widdows, Folkcast). It is appropriate then that author Terry Pratchett wrote that "Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow"
Ultimately, the music Gigspanner produces confounds any attempt to label it, and it is that intriguing, indefinable ingredient that continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more. As a trio they have successfully amalgamated the diverse sum of their parts, and have honed and polished a brand that is uniquely theirs.
Finding the perfect vehicle to showcase the breadth of his virtuosity, Peter's musicianship within the context of Gigspanner is a revelation to those whose only experience of his playing has been limited to Steeleye Span.