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Sheelanagig

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Sheelanagig’s origins lie between the now defunct Dartington College of arts in South Devon and the diverse melting-pot of the Bristol music scene. Formed in early 2005 the band had an instant chemistry and set about playing at every pub, club and open mic night they could get their hands on. Described in an early review in Venue Magazine as “fresh and distinctive”, with “rhythmic variety and great imagination”, the band gained a considerable local following and quickly earned a reputation for their exhilarating and intense live performances.

It was on the festival scene, however, that the band really began to make their mark outside Bristol. Early successes at Shambala, Knockengorroch and the Bath Fringe Festival helped to build Sheelanagig’s reputation. Camping and partying with the festival crowds, the band frequently augmented their early-afternoon ‘graveyard’ slots with late night guerrilla gigs in the bars and chill-out tents long after the main stages had shut down.

Three albums were recorded in quick succession: ‘Uncle Lung’ (2006), recorded with Portishead / Get the Blessing bassist Jim Barr at his studio in Bristol, sold well and was described by fRoots as a “high octane stuff…would liven any party and keep the floor full”, and by The Living Tradition as “a most invigorating debut” by a band with a “vitally energetic and full sound”.

“Baba Yaga’s Ball” (2007) was recorded at Real World Studios, and was again reviewed well with Living Tradition highlighting the album’s “high energy and incredible musicality”, while Folk and Roots praised the “quality of musicianship, the vibrancy and sheer joy” contained on the album.

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  • paulybeast

    Saw you guys at the Bristol Harbour festival..............OUTSTANDING. had the whole of queen square skanking, swaying, clapping, laughing and dancing......can't wait to see you guys again.

    25 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ILikeManyMusics

    Seeing you Sunriiiise :D

    2 Jun 2010 Reply
  • anytrendy

    what kind of super musicians are you?

    29 Apr 2010 Reply
  • ILikeManyMusics

    You guys! Oh, you GUYS!

    27 Apr 2010 Reply
  • theloosekites

    Hey up lads, how you doing?

    24 Apr 2010 Reply
  • looknohair

    rocked the lanes bristol on saturday

    1 Mar 2010 Reply
  • phelex

    thanks for a great show at the Buskershouse last night!

    9 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Argaalofthemyst

    Saw these guys at the Trowbridge Village Pump festival and they were brilliant. One of my favourites of the whole weekend. I'll definitely check out their studio albums soon.

    27 Jul 2009 Reply
  • eeeReid

    I just learned the flute from Lomond/Kiss The Maid Behind The Bar, I've been meaning to for ages but I kept putting it off. These guys know how to rock out . . .alternatively . . . !

    7 Apr 2009 Reply
  • rosiee1

    amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing Love them! :)

    28 Aug 2008 Reply
  • mahavishnu

    Sheelanagig's music is superb! First time I saw them in 2005 I bought Crone In The Park - second time in 2006 I bought the full length Uncle Lung CD. Both times I've been truly captivated by their performance...I'm surprised to see so few listeners - my guess is most fans are too old to listen to music through their computer - let alone use audioscrobbler! You should see the crowds they attract...

    13 Nov 2006 Reply

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