Mànran are a Scottish band that was established in June 2010.[1] Mànran is a Gaelic word for a melodic sound or a sweet tone.[2] Since 2010 they have performed in over 30 countries worldwide including several international folk & world music festivals, won awards home and abroad and were invited to do a special one-off concert for the 2012 London Olympics.[3]

Mànran in Quimper, Cornouaille Festival (Brittany, France).
Mànran in Quimper, Cornouaille Festival (Brittany, France).
Background information
GenresGaelic traditions, Scottish folk music, rock
Years active2010 (2010)–present
MembersEwen Henderson
Gary Innes
Ryan Murphy
Ross Saunders
Mark Scobbie
Kim Carnie
Aidan Moodie
Past membersNorrie MacIver
Scott Mackay
Calum Stewart
Craig Irving

The band embarked on their first trip to America in 2013 which was filmed by BBC ALBA for a 1 hour long documentary.[4]


2011: BreakthroughEdit

On 17 January 2011 the band released their first single "Latha Math" and were aiming to be the first Gaelic song in the Top 40 for the 21st Century.[5] While the band reached 29 mid-week, they slipped out of the top 40 to Number 61 for the official chart on Sunday 23 January 2011.[6] However, they did secure Number 6 in both the UK Indie Chart and the Scottish Singles Chart.[7][8] In August 2012 they released "Take You There (Mànran & Michelle McManus song)|Take You There" with Michelle McManus to raise money for the STV Appeal 2012. Mànran and Michelle McManus performed the song live on 7 September 2012 on the STV Appeal show.[9]


Mànran on stage at the "Folk am Neckar" festival 2015 in Mosbach[10] (Germany)
Mànran on stage at the "Folk am Neckar" festival 2015 in Mosbach[11](Germany)

In September 2012, Calum Stewart left the band to be replaced by Irish Uilleann Piper/ Flute player Ryan Murphy.

The band recorded their second album The Test in early 2013 which they released in May of the same year. The album won a German critics choice award in December 2013. In August of that year the band made its debut in America at the world-renowned Milwaukee Irish festival in Wisconsin,[12] followed by a five-week tour that saw the band play in Chicago, Bay City, New Hampshire, Albany, California, Arizona and Iowa. After America, the band went to Australia to perform at the Australasian World Music Festival[13] to critical acclaim.

In 2014 they were awarded International Artist of the Year at the Australian Celtic Music Awards.[14] In 2017, Mànran released their third studio album An Dà Là, whose title song, criticizing the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency, was noted for "invok[ing] the voice of Gaeldom, spanning centuries as it flows between a lament for the past and an anthem for the future".[15]

In 2018 they performed at the Celtic Connections festival which was live-streamed to 125,000 people, and toured France, Germany and Denmark.[14][16]

In 2019 Mànran toured Australia for five weeks[16][17] and gaelic singer Kim Carnie and guitarist Aidan Moodie joined the band.[18]

As of January 2021 Mànran are recording a new album. [19]



Year Album details
2011 Mànran
  • Released: 15 July 2011
  • Label: Mànran
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2013 The Test
  • Released: June 2013
  • Label: Mànran
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2017 An Dà Là
  • Released: January 2017
  • Label: Mànran
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK Indie
2011 "Latha Math" 61 6 6 Mànran
2012 "Take You There"
(with Michelle McManus)
70 Charity single
2016 An Dà Là An Dà Là
2017 When You Go N/A
2018 Là Inbhir Lochaidh N/A
2019 Thugainn N/A
2020 Oran na Cloiche: Live at Heb Celt 2019 N/A


  1. ^ "About". Manran. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Interview: Mànran". Whats on Highlands. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Manran - The Test". Music Scotland. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  4. ^ "BBC Alba - Manran". BBC. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Gaelic band launch charts bid". BBC News. 17 January 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Mànran > UK Charts". The Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ a b Peak positions for Indie singles in the UK:
  8. ^ a b Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  9. ^ STV Appeal charity single launched to raise money for children in poverty. STV
  10. ^ https://www.folk-am-neckar.de/home/
  11. ^ https://www.folk-am-neckar.de/home/
  12. ^ "The Concert Stage - Mànran at Milwaukee Irish Fest - August 17, 2013". The Concert Stage. 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  13. ^ Dwyer, Michael (7 November 2013). "Melbourne Music Week: Australasian Worldwide Music Expo and Face the Music explosion". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Manran & The Elephant Sessions". Highlife Highland, Strathpeffer Pavilion. 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Mànran: An Dà Là - The Two Days (Featured Album Review) | FRUK". Folk Radio UK - Folk Music Magazine. 17 January 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Mánran return after touring down under". Border Telegraph. 11 May 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  17. ^ "Manran thrill music fans at Blue Mountains Theatre concert". Blue Mountains Gazette, Australia. 17 April 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  18. ^ Campbell, Rita (30 November 2019). "Manran hosts anniversary festival at Fort William shinty field". Press and Journal. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  19. ^ MànranTV (16 January 2021). "Sat 16th Jan 2021 - How Mànran Records Are Made with Ross. School of Mànran". YouTube. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  20. ^ "Mànran". Spotify. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  21. ^ "Mànran". Spotify. Retrieved 30 January 2021.

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