This week”s Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week is the forthcoming CD from Mànran “The Test”.
Listen to Garry Innes and Norrie MacIver talk to Sandy Pratt on his Sunday Roast, 12 May from 3-5.00pm. You can hear tracks from the album on Saturday 11 May at 12 noon and midnight.
The CD is released on the 3 June .
Mànran are also in the middle of a tour, and you can see them at Oran Mor, Byres Road, Glasgow on Sunday 19 May from 8pm. .
From seeing in the New Year as house band on BBC ALBA Hogmanay to a sellout show at Celtic Connections, a special performance at the London Olympics and numerous International shows, 2012 was another fantastic year for Mànran.
Bringing their own unique blend of Gaelic and English, traditional and contemporary to brand new audiences over the last 12 months, Mànran impress crowds and critics alike. Mànran began their assentation into the traditional music sphere in 2010 when six friends used a powerful combination of Gaelic and English songs with accordion, fiddle, flute and a delicious mix of drum and bass to create an infectious and recognisable sound. Also, the only band to use Highland and Uilleann pipes in one lineup, Mànran began to cement themselves as one of the most exciting young groups on the folk circuit.
After releasing an award-winning album in 2011 and securing main stage slots at The Hebridean Celtic Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival, in 2012 Mànran co-wrote and performed ‘Take You There’, the Official STV Appeal Charity Single. Used across the STV campaign and performed live on prime time television alongside Lorraine Kelly and Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, the song helped the appeal to raise £2m for under privileged children in Scotland.
2012 has also seen Mànran perform at the Shetland Folk Festival and, for the second year running, The Hebridean Celtic Festival on Lewis alongside the Proclaimers and KT Tunstall.
Summer saw the band travel internationally to Samso, Tønder Festival, Denmark, Tatihou, Lorient Interceltique Festival, France, Lèon Spain and Schotts weekend, Belgium.