Can’t wait to head to Germany in October to take part in the Irish Folk Festival Tour 2019. We’ll be travelling all over the country in the fine company of Barry Kerr, Caroline Keane & Tom Delany and the Fitzgeralds. A fantastic month of music and craic in store!
Our brand new single “Thugainn” comes out tomorrow! A summer flavoured love-song, Thugainn (or “Come with me” in English) is being released to mark the premiere of a new documentary about the famous “North Coast 500” road route around the North of Scotland. Director Sean Grieve has used a whole load of Mànran’s back-catalogue for the soundtrack to his documentary so we thought it’d be a great idea to get Sean to make a video for Thugainn, featuring shots from the forthcoming documentary. Can’t wait till tomorrow? Here’s a teaser for you now!
We’re just back from a quite fantastic second tour of Australia! We’d like to thank all the festivals and promoters for having us over and looking after us so well and our agent, Val McGarry for making it all possible. And, last but certainly not least, we’d like to give a huge thanks to everyone who came along to see us and made every gig so much fun. Ceud taing!
After a great first week touring about Queensland and the upper part of New South Wales, we worked our way south and hit the first festival of the tour at The National Folk Festival in Canberra. This was the highlight of our first tour in Australia three years ago and certainly did not disapoint this time around! It was there we first hooked up with our new pals from he terrific Irish “green-grass” band JigJam (check them out, folks) who would become our travelling companions for the next ten days as we gigged in Sydney before heading over to the west coast for a gig in Fremantle and the Fairbridge Folk Festival. Another top time was had there and we can’t thank the JigJam lads enough for all the tunes and craic! After flying back to Brisbane, it was time for a few more gigs in that neck of the woods before we rounded off the tour at the Australian Celtic Festival in Glen Innes and the Planting Festival up in Woodford. Great music, wonderful hospitality, plenty beach days, brilliant crowds, the occasional barbie and a whole lot of laughs: hopefully won’t be too long before we’re back!
We’re about to head off on our second ever tour of Australia and we can’t wait! Looking forward to visiting some new places and festivals as well as revisiting some of the spots we had such a great time on our first tour.
We’re just back from a brilliant, inspiring experience over in Montréal for the Folk Alliance Conference 2019. Three floors of a hotel packed with incredible musicians all showcasing their talents and mixing and jamming in the hallways. Amazing! We met lots of great characters and made a lot of new musical pals along the way.
We really enjoyed our showcase spot at the conference so watch this space for news of us returning for more shows and tours in North America in the future!
We’re off “Down-Under” again this April for our third trip to Australia and we can’t wait!
Over the course of a month, we’ll be touring about Queensland, New South Wales, ACT and Western Australia taking in a number of festivals, concerts and, of course, beaches! Head over to our gigs section for more details.
Looking forward to some cracking Scottish gigs to finish off 2018 and bring in 2019!
The Summer is in full-swing and we've been having a great time hitting festivals and shows around Scotland and in France, Germany and Spain. Mìle taing/thank you very much to all the staff and volunteers that put in so much hard work to let us all have such a brilliant time and thanks to all the audiences for joining the party.
Here's a pic we took from the stage at Festa da Carballeira de Zas in Galicia last weekend - great craic!
The inaugural 'Live by the Loch' festival at the Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld was a smash-hit success! A great day out with music from Dougie MacLean, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and ourselves. Here's what the Herald newspaper had to say about it: READ ALL ABOUT IT!
You can also check out a VIDEO of some of the highlights.
In fact, it went so well they've just announced it's going to happen again next year!
Looking forward to soaking up the brilliant weather over the next few weeks in Scotland!
To mark 373 years since the second Battle of Inverlochy, we've released our take on Iain Lom MacDonald's epic account of the battle, "Là Inbhir Lòchaidh" ("The Battle of Inverlochy").
We'll be performing this LIVE at our headline show for Celtic Connections 25th Anniversary Party on Sunday February 4th!
Although widely believed that Robert Burns was Scotland’s first Poet Laureate, Charles II named Iain Lom MacDonald as Scotland’s Poet Laureate during his 17th century reign. However as the Stuart line was unseated in 1689, and the subsequent Jacobite Risings failed to permanently restore the Stuarts, their status became a moot point. His stature has further been diminished by the fact that he composed exclusively in Gaelic, which even at that time was a language in decline.
Famously stating, when offered a sword to battle, “You battle; I’ll tell”, Iain Lom MacDonald sought out a high vantage point above the battleground below to record a blow-by-blow account (often in gory detail that would make the most hardened ‘Game of Thrones’ viewer flinch).
Set against the backdrop of the ‘War of the Three Kingdoms’, the Battle of Inverlochy took place on the morning of a freezing February 2, 1645 on a hill beside Inverlochy Castle, near Fort William. The battle saw a force of 1500 Irish & Highland Royalists fight against 3000 Scots Covenanters. Aside from its wider political importance, the battle was of enormous local significance as one of the largest and most decisive clashes in the centuries-long struggle for Highland supremacy between the MacDonald and Campbell clans. Ultimately the MacDonalds defeated a Campbell army twice their number and forced the Marquess of Argyll to flee in his galley before the fray had even started.
Iain Lom, bard to the Keppoch MacDonalds and later the first poet laureate of Scotland, played an important role in the build-up to the action, guiding the Royalist forces on the final stage of their heroic counter-march through 30 miles of wintery mountain passes and providing the crucial intelligence that helped surprise the Campbell force lying in wait at Inverlochy.
In marking the anniversary of the battle with this new single, Mànran hope to spark a new interest in this fascinating and important time in Scottish history while encouraging a renewed respect for the wealth of Gaelic historical sources and the role they have to play in creating a broader, more nuanced view of Scottish history.
Huge congratulations to our very own Gary Innes, who was awarded "Instrumentalist of the Year" at this year's Scots Trad Music Awards. Sin thu fhèin, 'ille, 's math an airidh!