Mànran are one of the best-known and best-loved Scottish bands on the scene today. The launch of their debut single, “Latha Math” in 2011 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 a debut Asian gig in 2014 when the band travelled to South Korea.
Now with two highly regarded studio albums under their belt and four years of blowing audiences away with healthy amounts of passion, poise, virtuosity and vigour, preparations are well under way for recording their eagerly-awaited third album, Mànran are looking to the future.