Such was the demand for tickets to see Mànran, Celtic Connections organisers switched venues from The Arches to the bigger O2 ABC in Sauchiehall Street. This was still not big enough to host this ever popular band. This band who are based in Glasgow could have sold out an even bigger venue however those that were lucky enough to get a brief for this concert were in for a night to remember.
Norrie MacIver who fronts Mànran took to the stage announcing that he was so glad to be there considering that he was too unwell to appear in last year’s Celtic Connections gig. The audience were equally as pleased to see him.
With his powerful voice he had this crowd gripped from the outset. Singing predominantly in his native gaelic tongue, which the majority of the crowd could not understand, he soon had everyone in raptures.
Ably accompanied by Garry Innes (accordion), Ewan Henderson (pipes and fiddle), Ryan Murphy (Uilleann Pipes/flutes), Ross Saunders (bass) and Scott Mackay (drums) they thoroughly entertained the audience with favourites from their previous two albums including Latha Math, MSR, Dhèanainn Sùgradh, The Test and Puirt as well as new material. Norrie’s expertise of “mouth music” is quite extraordinary and reminiscent of the late Calum Kennedy. It is a rare talent which Norrie MacIver has mastered and is a very big part of Manran’s performance.
Mànran have only been together some four years although it seems longer, and they just get better and better. They are without doubt one of Scotland’s best live acts.
If you go to one of their gigs you will not stand or sit still for long. You’re guaranteed to be dancing, jumping and cheering before the first track is finished and will continue that way until the last song is finished
Presenter, Celtic Music Radio 95FM