July Jaunts

July has been a cracking month for Mànran! We kicked off the month at Folk am Neckar, a beautifully located festival set in an amphitheatrical grounds of a church in Baden area of Germany. We spent a couple of nights there in glorious weather listening to some nice music, having a few tunes here and there, sampling the local produce, and getting a wee taste of home from our pals at "The Angel's Share", a German Whisky Shop whom we've had the pleasure of meeting at a couple of gigs. 

Next up was the more familiar territory of HebCelt in the Isle of Lewis. This was the island festival's twentieth anniversary and they really went all-out with a fantastic line-up and, as ever, a really well-run festival. We were lucky enough to hang about for a couple of days and catch a bit of music and get caught up in the buzz and always seems to be around Stornoway on HebCelt weekend. 

Then it was on to the Tiree Music Festival. Word had already reached us in Lewis that the weather had taken a turn for the apocalyptic on the Friday of the festival and there were serious doubts cast over the rest of the weekend's programme. Nevertheless, we hopped on the plane to the "Hawai'i of the North" and were delighted to find that the gales (but thankfully not the Gaels!) had quietened down. On arrival, we were regaled with tales of monsoon conditions the day before but what really struck us was the incredible response of the festival organisers and the local community. That an island of 600 managed to find shelter 1600 festival goers is quite phenomenal! With this resilient spirit of survival now well-engrained, all the revellers set about making the most of the next two days. And, by cracky, they did! We had a superb couple of gigs on the Saturday and Sunday and we hope it's not too long till we're back. 

Our next adventure took us to Galicia (in North Western Spain) and Portugal. This was our first ever performance in both places but with the strong Celtic culture of Galicia and, in particular, their love of bagpipes, we had a feeling we might be onto a winner. We played at an enormous outdoor festival on the edge of a forest but what was visible from the stage was only half the extent of the festivities. Under the cover of the trees lay hundreds of little huts and bothies that had been thrown into place by the locals for the weekend and they were a hive of revelry, music and feasting. Some of the band ended up well ensconced in one particularly lively spot and ended up playing tunes till only the thick cover of the trees could add any credibility to the pretence of the night still being on us! A trip South into Portugal followed and we were once again treated to a fantastic festival crowd in the beautiful town of Ponte de Barca. 

The month ended much as it started with another great German adventure, this time performing at the Loreley Celtic Night. This was probably the most dramatic setting for a festival yet, situated as it was on a huge amphitheatre perched among the various castles and palaces towering over the Rhine. 

Right, August: you've got a hard act to follow!

Mànran and Donnie Munro Band play the Barrowlands Ballroom!

We are absolutely delighted to announce we will be playing Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom on December 5th with Donnie Munro and his band. With it being our first ever gig at the legendary venue and Donnie's first Barrowlands performance since 2001, it promises to be a fantastic night so get your ticket orders in early to avoid disappointment!

Early-bird tickets are available now by clicking on the poster above or via THIS LINK HERE, at a special price for a limited time only!!

A Memorable Month!

June was definitely a month to remember with a whole pile of very enjoyable English dates, our first ever gig in Wales,  our debut appearance at Glastonbury and a gig in the Borders for good measure. 

The first jaunt South of the border saw us enjoy some fantastic weather on the South Coast, take in the cracking scenery (and hospitality!) of the Cotswolds, get lost in the fields beside Southwell Racecourse taking a shortcut to the festival site and sample the delights of North Boarhunt. Great gigs, every one, and a lot of very nice people along the way. In fact, we found ourselves giving away CDs as a reward for "general niceness" everywhere we stopped for lunch on that trip...

Next up was a gig in Crawfordjohn as part of the "Wee Gig" series. This is a brilliant initiative that manages to bring a load of top acts to the "Nine Villages" area and we hope it continues to go from strength to strength. After a cracking night, we had to start making tracks for Glastonbury but we managed to fit in a nice gig at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury on the way South. For those yet to experience the festival, Glasto is impossibly massive and yet still manages to maintain a friendly, relaxed, community feel - no mean feat! We had the pleasure of playing the Avalon stage on the Sunday afternoon to a crowd who's stamina is a credit to them. We're not sure how they were all still dancing and clapping with such vigour after days and days at the World's biggest greenfield festival. Hardy! The whole Glastonbury experience was amazing and will last long in the memory, especially seeing "The Who" headline the Pyramid Stage - true legends showing us all how it's done. 

Glasto done, it was nearly time to head for home but not before we called into Abergavenny for our first ever gig in Wales. We enjoyed a sun-soaked day exploring the bonnie town and it's vast array of cakes before playing a really nice gig in the Borough Theatre. Our first trip to Wales was magic so, hopefully, it'll not be too long before we're back. Now, it's onwards to the Summer festival season proper and all the adventures therein! 

New Website

We've freshened up our website a wee bit so, please, have a rake around and make yourselves at home. The sheet-music section is also nearing completion so you'll be able to find "dots" for all just about all our tunes there now.

Tha sinn air beagan ùrachadhadh a thoirt air an làrach-lìn againn 's tha sinn an dòchas gun cord e ruibh. Cha mhòr nach eil a h-uile gin de na puirt againn a-nis ri fhaotainn an seo cuideachd, nach feuchaibh orra?

German Tour

We’re just after completing a fortnight’s touring all over Germany and what a cracking tour it was! We’ve had the pleasure of playing at a few German festivals over the last couple of years but this was our first blast at playing concerts all over the country. As part of the Irish Heartbeat tour which celebrates the festival of St. Patrick for a few weeks every March, we covered a fair amount of autobahn touring mostly around the South and West but we also managed a few days in the East and the North. We would like to thank all the brilliant crowds that came out to see us along the way and all the team who worked on the tour for giving us such a warm welcome and for making sure everything ran so smoothly. Special mention also goes to our companions on the tour, Dermot Byrne and Floriane Blancke and the Bernadette Morris Band, for some quite amazing craic and tunes along the way! Gura math agaibh ‘s tha sinn an dòchas gum faic sinn a-rithist sibh a dh’aithghearr.

Celtic Connections: Change of Venue

Our concert at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, due to have been taking place in the Arches on January 31st, has been moved to the O2 ABC on Sauchiehall Street in order to meet the very high demand for tickets. This means that tickets are once more available from the Celtic Connections website below.


Dèan cabhag, ge-tà! You’d better be quick: they’re selling out fast again!

Bliadhna Mhath Ùr!

Bliahdna mhath ùr dhuibh uile!

A Happy New Year to one and all!

We’ve been quietly recovering after an exhausting but brilliant fun tour of the Highlands and Islands. Starting in Ullapool, then taking in Kyle of Lochalsh, Inverness, Portree, Stornoway and South Uist, it was a fairly intensive six days of travel drama, late nights, hectic PA set-ups, laughs but most importantly, great gigs! Thanks a million to all of you who came to see us along the way and helped make it so memorable. It’s now time to get stuck into some rehearsals before premiering some new material at our SOLD-OUT Celtic Connections gig in the Arches at the end of the month.

Mànran Documentary

After a great year hanging-out with a lovely film crew, the Mànran documentary is now ready and set for broadcast! The hour-long programme “Mànran” will be shown on BBC Alba at 10pm, Christmas Day, followed by a half-hour long programme showing highlights of our gig at Fèis na Mara in Mallaig back in October. Why not kick-back with a mince pie and enjoy an hour and a half of Mànran festive fun?

As dèidh bliadhna sgoinneil a’ dol mun cuairt le criutha camara gar leantainn, tha an aithriseachd “Mànran” a-nis deiseil! Bidh dà phrògram sònraichte ri fhaicinn air BBC Alba Latha na Nollaige a’ tòiseachadh aig 10f le “Mànran” fhèin ‘s an uairsin aig 11f bidh na pìosan as fhèarr bho consairt bheòthail a rinn sinn ann an Malaig ri fhaicinn anns’ a phrògram “Mànran bho Fèis na Mara”. Abair Nollaig Chridheil air BBC Alba!

Fantastic first trip to South Korea

We’re just back from a memorable trip to South Korea where we played our first ever concert in the country and, indeed, our first ever gig in Asia! After a long flight, we arrived on Friday just in time to catch up with our pals, Breabach, who were stopping-off to perform on their way back from a tour of Australia and New Zealand. After their concert, we were taken en-masse to a traditional Korean seafood restaurant (sitting cross-legged on the floor and all!) where we were treated to a feast of some of the most delicious seafood any of us had ever tasted.

Well rested after a good night’s sleep, we set off for the beautiful Junggu Arts Centre to soundcheck. The theatre, crew, and equipment were absolutely first-rate – as was the lunch! Again, we were taken off to another very traditional Korean restaurant situated in an old-style Korean Hanok (house) where we sampled a whole range of curious delicacies that left us in top form going into the gig. The concert itself didn’t disappoint and our music seemed to be very well received by the mostly local audience who clapped and danced along in fine style.

All in all, this was a fantastic experience and one we hope to be able to repeat some time. Many thanks to everyone involved in taking us over to South Korea and for the brilliant hospitality shown to us.