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Mànran are one of the best-known and best-loved Scottish bands on the scene today. The 2011 launch of their debut single, “Latha Math” heralded a meteoric rise to the top of the Scottish music world that quickly saw them playing many of the most prestigious festivals in Europe despite having only been in existence a few short months. From then, a multi-award-winning debut album followed as the band set about living up to the hype surrounding their early release while establishing their characteristic sound and distinctive approach to musical arrangement.
Variously tagged as “folk-rock”, “trad-rock” (that one coming from former First Minister, Alex Salmond), “Celtic-rock” and even “grown-up folk-rock”, Mànran’s music has always defied easy labelling due to the eclectic mix of influences on the band and the alchemy that melds them. With a central ethos built around the band’s traditional Celtic roots, fiery tunes from fiddle, accordion, flute, uillean and Highland bagpipes bind powerfully to a rhythm section awash with elements of funk, jazz and rock to create some of the most innovative and uplifting instrumental music around. Coupled with songs in both Gaelic and English that undergo the same musical mixology, it’s easy to understand why Mànran are in such high demand as a live act. With music ranging from the explosive to the poignant and, at all times, a palpable connection to their audience, Mànran thrive on live performances and spend most of the year touring and bringing their music to new parts of the World. So far, this has taken the band all over Europe and the USA as well as Australia (where the band was awarded the accolade “International Artist of the Year” at the Australian Celtic Music Awards despite having only performed in Australia once by that point!) and Asia, including a trip to South Korea in 2014.
Now with two highly regarded studio albums under their belt and six years of blowing audiences away with healthy amounts of passion, poise, virtuosity and vigour, Mànran are continuing to explore new musical and geographical territory.
2016 was arguably the band’s busiest on record with full tours of Denmark, Australia and England in the early part of the year leading into a hectic schedule of summer festivals throughout Europe. This included debut performances at Festival de Ortigueira in Galicia & Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ireland, a triumphant return to Denmark’s Tønder Festival and finishing off the year in style at Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party. Despite all this time on the road, Mànran have now released their eagerly-anticipated third album, launched at a sold-out headline show in Glasgow's legendary Barrowland Ballroom as part of Celtic Connections 2017.
'Gaelic folk superstars' - BBC's The Quay Sessions
'Stronger than ever' - FolkWords.com
'Incendiary fire to send a lively crowd into a frenzied seething mass' - Fatea Records
'Tha Mànran air an guth a lorg' ('Mànran have found their voice') - Dàna mag
'At the very top of their productive and creative game' - Folkradio.co.uk
'Rousing Gaelic folk-rock' Rob Adam, the Herald
‘One of the most exciting of the new crop of Scottish traditional bands, they’ve got it all, the songs and the tunes.’ - Eddie Barcan, Cambridge Folk Festival
‘Mànran are an exceptionally talented bunch of young guys that are taking the music world by storm with their high energy, stomping tunes and phenomenal gaelic and english songs' - Donald Shaw, Celtic Connections
‘A thrilling live act, Mànran are one of Scotland’s best traditional outfits and their star is most definitely on the rise. Watch them go.’ - The Daily Record