April 13, 2019, 8:00 pmBlue Mountains Theatre
“Gaelic folk superstars” – BBC’s The Quay Sessions
“At the very top of their productive and creative game” – Folkradio.co.uk
“Mànran are an exceptionally talented bunch of young guys that are taking the music world by storm with their high energy, stomping tunes and phenomenal Gaelic and English songs” – Celtic Connections
Mànran are one of the hottest acts and best-loved Scottish bands performing on the international music 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”, “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 performed 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) and Asia – including Korea.
Now with three highly regarded studio albums under their belt and 7 years of blowing audiences away with healthy amounts of passion, poise, virtuosity and vigour, Mànran are looking to the future. 2019 sees the band playing high-profile slots at many of the biggest summer festivals in Scotland and Europe while continuing to tour regularly at home and abroad. This includes a first full tour of Germany, several big Scottish shows and numerous dates throughout Europe including a tour to Australia, Switzerland, Denmark, France and Spain.
Mànran features: Gary Innes – Accordion & Vocals; Ewen Henderson – Highland Pipes, fiddle & Vocals; Craig Irving – Acoustic guitar & vocals; Ross Saunders – Bass Guitar & Vocals; Ryan Murphy – Uillean Pipes, Flute; Mark Scobbie – Drums.
Saturday 13 April, 8pm
Tickets: $35, Concession $32
A one off Booking fee of $3.30 (for service and handling) applies per transaction; this is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.
Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, on 4723 5050 or online.