Mànran

One of the best-known Scottish bands on the international folk scene, Mànran are a force like no other. From the 2011 launch of their debut single, Latha Math, and the meteoric rise that ensued, to their feverishly-anticipated 2017 album, An Dà Là, the group has been at the forefront of Celtic music for the last six years.

Variously tagged as “folk-rock”, “trad-rock” (that one coming from former First Minister, Alex Salmond), and “Celtic-rock”, the band’s music defies easy pigeon-holing, owing to an eclectic and wide-ranging mix of influences upon its members, and the alchemy that melds them. With the band’s traditional Celtic roots very much at the core, fiery tunes from fiddle, accordion, flute, uillean and Highland bagpipes bind powerfully to a rhythm section bursting with elements of funk, jazz and rock, creating 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 little wonder that Mànran are in such high demand as a live act.

Mànran thrive on live performances, with a palpable connection with their audiences from the get-go. As such, they spend most of the year touring, largely throughout the UK and Europe, but also across the USA and recently to Australia.