I heard Manran’s single “Latha Math” a few weeks ago and I have to admit it it has become addicting that my day isn’t complete without hearing it. Catchy vocals with driving beat and fresh arrangement you’d think that this has been carefully engineered. But it’s all about 6 friends reuniting together to create the most beautiful and exciting Scottish music around since Capercaillie.
The members of Mànran are
Norrie MacIver (guitar/vocals),
Gary Innes (accordion),
Calum Stewart (flutes/uilleann pipes),
Ross Saunders (bass)
and Scott Mackay (drums).
A friend sent me a youtube link to Skerryvore’s Hold Me Tonight taken from the album of the same title. The heartfelt lyrics and beautiful arrangement combine a mood that’s comforting, poignant and reflective. But aside from this wonderful ballad, they play an exciting blend of traditional Scottish music and Rock. Everything about this group is pristine, beautiful and blazing like the golden sunset! Beautiful music to take with you, a soundtrack to your journey. This song is dedicated to my piper friend Tim who stumbled upon the band and introduced the music to us.
Daniel Gillespie: Accordion
Martin Gillespie: Highland Bagpipes. Scottish Small Pipes, Accordion
Alec Dalglish: Guitar, Vocals
Craig Espie: Fiddle
Fraser West: Percussion
Barry Caulfield: Bass
Chris Pugh: Trombone, Piano
Douglas West: Trumpet, Guitar
Konrad Wiszniewski: Saxophone
Duncan J Nicholson: Bagpipes & Whistles