Furness Tradition are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Angus Grant. He was the fiddler and frontman for Edinburgh-based band Shooglenifty, and before that performed with Swamptrash.
With Shooglenifty he helped to create a genre of music called acid croft, described as “a blend of Celtic traditional music and dance grooves”.
The band, which has posted a tribute to Grant on its website, said Grant died on Sunday after a short illness.
Grant grew up in Lochaber and was the son of well-known left-handed fiddle player Aonghas Grant.
He also wrote music, including the tunes Two Fifty to Vigo, She’s In The Attic, Nordal Rhumba, Glenfinnan Dawn and Fitzroy Crossing.
In the eloquent tribute on Shooglenifty’s website, the musician was described as having “lived without ties and responsibility, but was devoted to his music, his family and his fellow musicians”.
Angus was described as ‘making fiddle playing cool again’ and having a ‘rock and roll swagger’. Although hailing from the Highlands, son of the renowned fiddle player Aonghas Grant from Lochaber, Edinburgh became Angus’ adopted home and where he played in many sessions and gigs.
We send our condolences to his family and loved ones. It is a loss that is felt deeply far beyond Scotland.