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Scottish dance band Shooglenifty to headline Thanksgivin’er show

Reprinted from The Cape Breton Post

SYDNEY — Thanksgivin’er returns this Sunday.

The inaugural Thanksgiving weekend dance party held during last year’s Celtic Colours International Festival proved to be so popular for both the audience and the performers that the decision was made to bring it back with renowned Scottish roots dance band Shooglenifty to headline the second installment in what is quickly becoming a Thanksgiving tradition.

Thanksgivin’er will take place Sunday at the Sydney Marine Terminal and will feature a fiery line up guaranteed to keep the dance floor moving. In addition to Shooglenifty, Cape Breton’s virtuosic fiddler Ashley Macisaac and funky roots explorers the Gillian Boucher Band will all perform at one of only two of the festival’s licensed events outside of the nightly after hours Festival Club. The concert, for those 19 years and over, runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Shooglenifty is one of Scotland’s most innovative and exciting bands and their music has been described as ‘hypnofolkadelia’. Using banjo, banjax, mandolin, fiddle and guitar, the Shoogs explore the sound of traditional Scottish instrumental tunes layered atop modern dance grooves propelled by drums, bass and percussion.

Hailing from Inverness County, Gillian Boucher has recently been delighting audiences with her unique musical approach in Scotland, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and much of North America. Boucher has performed on festival stages and theatres across the eastern seaboard with performances at the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C., the North Carolina Museum of Art and twice at the renowned Washington Irish Folk Festival and today can be found on stage with the Mary Jane Lamond band, with finger-style guitar-magician Andrew White or performing with the Gillian Boucher Band.

MacIsaac, meanwhile, needs little introduction to any Maritime music lover. MacIsaac’s career has taken him all over the world performing at Carnegie Hall six times; opening for Sting at a May Day concert in Rome, performing in Australia at the Melbourne Opera House, in Gunahuato, Mexico, at BAM in Brooklyn, in Shanghai, China and at Luminato Festival in Toronto. Ashley’s performances at this year’s Celtic Colours Festival will present him in perhaps his best known light, his high energy stage show that incorporates the rock n’roll style of his breakout album Hi, How Are You Today and his supreme mastery of tradition on Fine, Thank You Very Much.

Tickets for Thanksgivin’er are available through the Celtic Colours box office by phoning 567-3000 or online at www.celtic-colours.com.

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