Mānran have quite literally rocketed to the top of the Scottish music scene with their powerful combination of Gaelic/English songs underpinned by driving Accordion, Fiddle, Flute and a backline of drum and bass to make any mouth water. Mānran are also the only band to host Highland and Uilleann pipes together in one line up to create a sound like no other.
It was clear in June 2010, that the time had come for the 6 friends to unite and uphold the fresh, unstoppable sound of modern Gaelic Scotland. Since then, Mānran have already performed at festivals in Europe and Scotland; highlights being Celtica, Italy and the Hebridean Celtic Festival in Lewis.
Manran are Norrie MacIver (Vocals & Guitar), Gary Innes (Accordion & Keyboards), Ewen Henderson(Fiddle, Highland Pipes, Whistle & Vocals), Calum Stewart (Uilleann Pipes & Flute),
Ross Saunders (Bass & Vocals) and Scott Mackay (Drums & Percussion) with Phil Cunningham (Piano, Keyboards & Cittern).
Continuing their triumphant first years progress, having launched themselves at Celtic Connections in January, Highland outfit Mānran made their English debut with barnstorming sets on both main stages. Folk-rock has become a widely discredited sub-genre in an age of more exotic fusions, but Mānran comprising six already established young instrumental and vocal luminaries tackle this tricky territory boldly head-on, leavening their stomp-along power with top-drawer technical prowess and a wealth of distinctive flourishes, including English and Gaelic songs (both traditional and original), twinned Scottish and Irish bagpipes, a penchant for funk and reggae grooves and arrangements that match multi-layered richness with vivid definition.
Sue Wilson, The Herald
1) Fingal's Cave
2) Scotch Mary / Unknown (1) / Unknown (2)
3) Glaodh an Iar
4) Oran na Cloiche
5) La dhomh 's mi direadh bealaich / Mrs.Campbell of Shinness / Norrie's Carry-oot / The Speybay Switch
6) Maraiche nan Aigh
7) The Open Door
8) Latha Math
9) Vergers / While You Were Gone / Castrating Cows
10) An Eala Bhan
11) Chasing Daylight
12) O gur duine truagh mi / Cota mor Ealasaid / 's ioma rud a chunna mi