Reely Jiggered , 02 ABC Winners of the SoundWave Music Competition 2014, are bursting with talent, alive with creativity and live to perform. They are inspired by Celtic Folk music, intrigued by World beats and melodies and drawn to an interesting and unique fusion of funk, rock, pop and jazz taking folk music to new heights.
Highly successful artists in their own right, founder members Alison McNeill (fiddle & vocals), Fiona McNeill (guitar, bodhran, vocals) and Scott McLean (percussion) are joined on occasion by Emma Murray (pipes and whistles) and Hugh Cox (bass) bringing together their own musical tastes and talents to create a new brand of folk music.
To go to one of their gigs is to be taken on a journey through the streets of Mexico, the salsa clubs of Cuba, the furious fiddling of gypsies, and haunting melodies of Celtic Britain mixed with the soaring voice of a diva soprano, the beauty of acoustic instruments, revved up by driving bass lines, wah wah pedals and rocked up rhythms.
As one of Scotland’s most interesting and entrepreneurial bands they have performed at Festivals including Celtic Connections, Schotten Radio’s T @ the Tower (Germany), Musica en Verano (Mexico), Cowal Highland Gathering, Lomond Festival, Roots Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tall Ships Races; as well as appearing at top venues such as Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Oran Mor, The Cosmovitral (Mexico), The Lyre (Tokyo, Japan) and Minami Aizu Concert Hall (Japan).
Their self-titled debut album, released in 2011 to critical acclaim, has received airplay in Australia, Germany, Mexico and America and has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland. Their second album “Kaleidoscope” with a fresh and bold new sound was released in September 2014.
“Kaleidoscope” was “Album of the Week” on Celtic Music Radio with Alan Grant describing it as “such a stunning collection of music by the most talented of musicians. It’s a while since I’ve been so excited about an album that I feel will live forever…”
Reely Jiggered are passionate about working with young people and keeping Live Music and Heritage Alive. In 2014 they launched FOLK for FOLK FESTIVAL in the West of Scotland with workshops for children and adults, ceilidhs and gigs featuring top Scottish talent. They have been filmed and broadcast on BBC TV for CBeebies and enjoy creating cross-culture events in the community exploring the expressive arts in other cultures resident in Scotland.