May 17, 2014

Australian International Artist Of The Year

We were overwhelmed to be awarded ‘International Artist Of The Year’ at the 2014 Australian Celtic Music Awards, which were held in Melbourne this month.

We had a whirlwind first experience at ‘AWME’ in Melbourne last December and really look forward to getting back down under as soon as possible.

To pick up such a prestigious award so quickly in a country packed full of traveling international artists is a real honour and we can’t thank you enough for this very special award.

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April 6, 2014

First Tour South

We have just finished off a very enjoyable and successful debut tour in England.

During this tour we saw a lot of beautiful places, theaters and met some extremely lovely people along the way.

Our first stop was in the idyllic countryside town of Settle in Yorkshire. The audience completely took us by surprise and the first two rows even knew the words to some of our Gaelic numbers.

From Settle we made our way to a stunning theatre in Shrewsbury and had a great night in front of a sell out crowd.

The tour then continued on to Stamford in Lincolnshire, before a travel day to Wavendon, where we had an amazing time and stay with the Kirrage family. Their hospitality was truly outstanding and we are all counting down the days to when we can go back and visit them.

With a morning off, we decided we would pay a visit the infamous Alton Towers, which saw more than one member rekindling their inner child. What a day of fun we had and as we were on our way back for sound check, we needed to remind ourselves a few times that we were still at work.

That night we played in a marquee just outside the town and it was again another night to remember, even as the temperature in the tent fell, it did not do anything to the audience’s enthusiasm.

The next morning we left for Nottingham University, where we performed in the campus theatre. A very nice venue to play in and yet another exceptional audience. One member even provided us all with a whiskey to ease us into the second half.

We then finished the tour with two lively gigs in Bracknell and Newcastle, before heading back North across the border, with a huge smile on our faces.

A huge thank you to each and everyone of you that came out to see us and making our first English tour such a memorable one.

We will be back down to see you all again very soon.

Manran xxx

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December 1, 2013

Trad Awards 2013

We are delighted to be included in the final list of four nominees for ‘Folk Band of the Year’ for this years Scottish Trad awards in Aberdeen’s Music Hall. We are up against some other great bands from Scotland, so the competition will be tough to say the least.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who voted for us and fingers crossed we will have something to report on the night. Either way the band is looking forward to a great night of music and mischief.

We would like to wish all the other nominees the very best of luck.

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December 1, 2013

Switzerland

After Australia we did not have too long a break until we had to get back on the road again. This time we were heading for our first gigs in Switzerland.

The day started in the wee hours of Friday morning, where we had to catch an early flight to Zurich via London from Glasgow. After arriving in Zurich we traveled on to Schaffhausen, to link up with Blazin’ Fiddles, for our double header fIMG_0776or the Scottish night of the festival in the Krammgran Theatre. The venue was amazing and the staff looked after us in five star fashion. The festival was sold out weeks in advance, so we were all really looking forward to our debut in Switzerland. The festival also included Altan and Kila from Ireland the following night, so no pressure. (Yeah, right!)

We took to the stage at round 11pm but the crowd showed no signs of tiredness, even after a rocking 90 minute show from Blazin’ Fiddles before that. The crowd jumped and danced around right until our very last note and they were still looking for more after 1am! We were even surprised to see a few people singing along to the Gaelic songs.

The next day we traveled onto Aarberg, where we were looked after again to the highest standard. The venue was again excellent and we were delighted to hear that we would be playing to yet another sold out audience. The staff could not do enough for us and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our driver, Benno, who chauffeured us around for the entire weekend and who gave us a great after show party afterwards.

We hope to return again to Switzerland very soon, so keep an eye on our tour dates for more info on upcoming dates.

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November 27, 2013

Australia

G’day to you all.

Well we’ve all touched down in Glasgow safely after our whirlwind trip down under after taking part in this years Australasian World Music Expo, held in the cultural melting pot of Melbourne. We had an exceptional time on our first trip to Australia and we are only dying to get back and do it all again. It was yet another trip with energetic audiences and we encountered some amazing bands while wondering around the festival.IMG_0470

Our first gig saw us supporting one of Australia’s biggest world music acts ‘Cash Savage and the Last Drinks’ along with with fellow Scots, Admiral Fallow. The audience were brilliant and the reception we received was fantastic.

The next day we played at the festival headquarters just off Melbourne’s Federation Square, where played again along-side, Admiral Fallow for a Scottish themed afternoon, with whiskey and Irn-Bru, the refreshments of choice for the audience over the course of the concert. It was a dull and cloudy day however this did not dampen spirits and turned out to be a very enjoyable afternoon, both for us and the audience. Later that night we managed to catch the Melbourne Ska Orchestra gig. A 32 piece strong ensemble that put on a truly spectacular show. Ross and Scott had to head back straight the next day as a result of prior commitments to other gigs. Ryan, Gary, Norrie and Mr. Scott Wood decided to hang back and make the most of a few days off. Norrie went down the Great Ocean Road to meet up with family, while the other three lads decided to investigate Melbourne and it’s surrounding beach areas.

We have already received a lot of positive feedback from our wee stint down under and looks likely that we will have news on more dates for our Aussie fans really soon.

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October 21, 2013

Brand New ‘The Test’ T-Shirts and Hoodies just in!

Well folks, we’re proud to announce that our brand new ‘The Test’ T-Shirts and Hoodies have finally arrived from the printers and are now on sale via the website. Just click on ‘SHOP’ and scroll down to view the options :) These were designed, as always, by our fabulous graphic designer Gordon Beveridge and if you like what you see, check out his extensive list of works at www.gordonbeveridge.com.

Note that we only have a limited supply in stock just now, so make sure you get your orders in quick to avoid disappointment!

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October 6, 2013

The Test Award

A huge thank you to all the listeners and presenters at Schotten Radio who have requested our very own drummer ‘Scott MacKays’ title track ‘The Test’ more than 250000 times.

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Gary went and met Basil and his two lovely presenters who came over to Glasgow’s, ‘Kelvingrove Art Museum’ to present ‘The MacDudel Award’ to the band.

We are completely overwhelmed with your response to the track and album and hope to see you all at at show very soon.

Manran x

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October 1, 2013

California Baby

That is it for America for this year. Four flights and twenty-two hours later we have finally made it back home to Scotland. Our stint over on the west coast of America exceeded all expectations. We all would have stayed out there for another tIMG_3048wo weeks if we could.

Firstly, the heat was intense. It took us a few days to get used to it but let’s just say we never managed to turn the air conditioning off. We landed in Phoneix on the first night and rose early the following day to link up with the legendary ‘Tannahill Weavers’ in Yuma, for a string of collaboration gigs around Arizona with them. The Tannies were great fun to be around and had some very interesting stories to share with us about their experiences on the road over the years. After Yuma we visited Phoneix, Tuscon and parted ways in Flagstaff. The Tannies moved Eastwards to Colorado and we headed for the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas for a well deserved day off.

The Grand Canyon was breath taking and even inspired our super sub, Scott Wood, to get the pipes out for a tune. Then we all piled in the tour bus for a brief three hour or so drive to Las Vegas. Vegas was an experience like no other but we did not party too hard as we had a very long drive to Berekley, California the following day. For anybody interested, yes gambling took place. We had winners and losers but everybody left happy the following day and no mortgages were lost at the blackjack table.

Arriving in California you immediately get the ‘laid back’ vibe of the people there but needless to say there was nothing laid back about the shows. The gigs were great, venues were fantastic and the audiences were restless. We got an excellent send off at the KVMR Celtic Festival in Grass Valley. AnotheIMG_3261r festival with a super talented line up of musicians/ bands.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who came out to see us on the tour, bought the CDs and chatted to us after the shows. Without great people supporting us we would be nothing.

Well that is the latest update here from all of us. Looking forward to our gig at the Mod in Paisley later this month and then it’s onto Australia!

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September 3, 2013

USA Maiden Voyage

IMG_2637Well folks, that is Mànran back on home soil for a two week break before we head back out for the second leg of our tour. Just enough time to shake off the jet lag to go back and do it all again.

Our first experience of touring America has been nothing short of amazing so far. Starting off in Milwaukee Irish Festival and meeting up with so many super groups of the Celtic/ Folk genre was a great treat and the fun we had with them all was unforgettable. The festival was run very professionally and we felt like ‘rockstars’ at the the best of times because the people working behind the scenes literally could not do enough for us. The audiences were very receptive every night which settled any per tour jitters we had for being virtually an unknown band prior to this festival.

After Milwaukee we ventured towards Chicago, where we spent a full day going around the city, soaking up what it had to offer, while a film crew from BBC Alba followed us as part of a documentary they are putting together. Highlight of the day was getting to go up to the Skydeck Ledge in the Willis tower, 108 stories up (1,353 feet). Basically, it is a glass box that hangs out at the top of the tower and gives you the impression that you are floating. A scary but tremendous experience and all of us in the band could not recommend it highly enough. Later that week, we played at the Erin Feis, Peroria Irish Festival. Again, we met a host of great bands, linking up again with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, who we had already met in Milwaukee. The atmosphere in tent was electrifying every night and there was no sign of it ending, even towards the end of the festival.

On our way to Albany during the last few days of this stint, we decided that we were too close to Niagara Falls not to stop in for a visit. We took in the Maid of the Mist boat tour and got seriously soaked on the ‘Hurricane deck’ at the Cave IMG_2722of Winds. After that we made it down to Albany for the Capital District Highland Games where we met some lovely people and yet another high octane audience, even though the weather almost blew the whole festival away on the Saturday night.

Now the band is looking forward to a few home gigs before the big journey back across the pond for round two of Mànran’s American adventure. Arizona, Nevada and California, we hope you are ready.

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August 11, 2013

Runrig 40th Anniverary Party on the Moor

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We would like to thank Runrig from the bottom of our hearts for inviting us to be part of their 40th Anniversary party. It really was such a special day for Manran and the 17000+ crowd could not have been nicer towards us.

What a gig! What an atmosphere!!

Now home and packing for our first US tour which starts in two days.

All very exciting.

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