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 de ed easy labelling due to the eclectic mix of in uences on the band and the alchemy that melds them. With a central ethos built around the band’s traditional Celtic roots, ery tunes from ddle, accordion, ute, uilleann 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, an intense connection with their audience, Mànran thrive on live performances and spend most of the year touring and bringing their music to new parts of the World. 2016 sees the band continue their adventures on the road with tours in Denmark, Australia and England planned for the rst few months of the year followed by an intensive schedule of Summer festivals throughout Europe and trips to North America in the later part of the year. The long-awaited third album is also well under way and is due to finally be unveiled to the World in the Summer.