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 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, 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 was arguably the band’s busiest on record with full tours of Denmark, Australia and England in the early part of the year and a hectic schedule of summer festivals throughout Europe. This included debut performances at Festival de Ortigueira in Galicia and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ireland, a triumphant return to Denmark’s Tønder Festival and finishing off the year in style at Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party. Despite all this time on the road, Mànran have now just released their eagerly-anticipated third album, “An Dà Là/The Two Days” launched to the world at a sold-out headline show in Glasgow's legendary Barrowland Ballroom as part of 2017's Celtic Connections Festival