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Photo Festival de Cornouaille 2013 - Mànran le 27 juillet - 001.jpg
Mànran in Quimper, Cornouaille Festival (Brittany, France).
Background information
Origin Scotland
Genres Gaelic traditions, Scottish folk music, rock
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Website manran.co.uk
Members Gary Innes
Ewen Henderson
Ryan Murphy
Ross Saunders
Mark Scobbie
Past members Norrie MacIver
Scott Mackay
Calum Stewart

Mànran are an award winning Scottish band that was established in June 2010.[1] Since 2010 they have performed at many of the World's most established folk/world festivals and were invited to do a special one-off concert for the 2012 London Olympics.

The band embarked on their first trip to America in 2013.


2011: Breakthrough[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] However, they did secure Number 6 in both the UK Indie Chart and the Scottish Singles Chart.[4][5] In August 2012 they released "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.[6]

2012- Present

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

The band recorded their second album 'The Test' in early 2013 and later released it on a CD release tour around Scotland in May/ June 2013.

That following August saw the band make its debut in America at the world-renowned Milwaukee Irish festival in Wisconsin, kick starting a 5-week tour which 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 to high critical acclaim.

In 2014 Norrie released his first solo album Danns An Rathaid (The Road Dance) on his own label and announced that he would be leaving the band the following year to concentrate on his solo career. He played his last gig with the band at The Barrowlands on 5 December 2015.



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 downloads


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
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ "About". Manran. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Gaelic band launch charts bid". BBC News. 17 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Mànran > UK Charts". The Official Charts Company. 
  4. ^ a b Peak positions for Indie singles in the UK:
  5. ^ a b Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  6. ^ STV Appeal charity single launched to raise money for children in poverty. STV

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