LEADING traditional band Manran will make their Strathpeffer Pavilion debut on Friday 30th May 2014.
In the few short years since their formation in 2010, Mànran have performed sell-out shows at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, a special concert at last year’s London Olympics and countless festival appearances, including the Hebridean Celtic Festival, Shetland Folk Festival and the Tonder Folk Festival.
This year they have toured extensively in the USA, as well as playing in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland. With their own unique blend of traditional and contemporary, the multi-award-winning band are sure to prove popular at the Pavilion next summer.
They are also among the four nominees for the Folk Band of The Year title at the Scottish Trad Awards, which are being held in Aberdeen this weekend.
The band’s previous awards include Scotland’s Traditional Arts Scots and Gaelic Award from Creative Scotland in 2012, plus both Album of the Year and Gaelic Singer of the year at MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in 2011. They also became the first act since Runrig to get a Gaelic single into the UK charts.
The band comprises Norrie MacIver (vocals, guitar), Gary Innes (accordion, keyboards), Ewen Henderson (fiddle, pipes, whistles), Ryan Murphy (pipes, flute), Ross Saunders (bass guitar, vocals) and Scott Mackay (drums, percussion).
Innes, who is also well known on the shinty pitch as a former Scotland and Fort William captain, is looking forward to the band’s Pavilion show.
"This will be our first time back in the area since Runrig’s 40th Anniversary Party on the Moor and, if we get half as good a reception as we got there, we will be in for one hell of a night!" he said.
Tickets £16 go on sale on Friday 6th December at 9am.
See www.strathpefferpavilion.org for further details.