NEW SINGLE: Là Inbhir Lòchaidh

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!

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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.

‘An Dà Là - The Two Days’ Nominated Album of the Year!

We are over-the-moon to announce that our latest album ‘An Dà Là - The Two Days’ has been nominated in the category ‘Album of the Year’ at this year’s Scots Trad Music Awards. If you’ve enjoyed the album, you can VOTE FOR US HERE!

If you haven’t enjoyed it yet, you can get your copy of the album here.

Tapadh leibh ma tha sibh air bhòt a chur thugainn mar tha!

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Mànran's brand new album 'An Dà Là - The Two Days' - Release date announced!

We are delighted to announce that our brand new album 'An Dà Là - The Two Days' will be released on the 20th of January 2017!

It's been quite the journey forging this record, but we hope most of you will agree it's been well worth the wait when you finally get to hear it! 

In the meantime, pre-sales are now available to purchase via manran.co.uk/shop/cds

Now, we know that 20.01.17 is still quite a bit away, so as a special treat, the first 300 copies ordered will be signed by the band and endeavoured to be delivered before Christmas (19th December being the final cut off date for pre-xmas delivery in the UK)!

Keep your eyes on manran.co.uk and our social media over the next few weeks for more news, updates and sneak previews!