This week has seen Gaelic band Manran reach for stardom in the UK’s Top 40 charts. The band of six talented musicians are aiming to reach the Top 40 for the first time in the 21st Century.
“Manran”, meaning “man about town” or “sweet, tuneful and melodic” played to a packed audience at the ABC on Sunday evening and were joined on stage by acclaimed accordionist Phil Cunningham, a master of both contemporary and traditional Scottish music.
Launching their debut single debut single “Latha Math” or “Good Day” as part of the Celtic Connections Festival this month has proved to be a huge hit with festival goers. The boys have featured on Reporting Scotland and on BBC online this week reaching hundreds of thousands of viewers in their bid for chart success and to help support both the Gaelic language and traditional Scottish music.
Band member Gary Innes, and the captain of Scotland’s shinty squad said: “The reaction to Manran has been amazing, we have had so much support from fans with a fantastic turn out at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and our promotional gig at Glasgow’s Apple Store on Buchanan Street.
“We need to achieve at least 7500 downloads to make history and break into the Top 40 UK chart, we need as much support as from the public to make this happen”
“Latha Math”, written by singer Norrie MacIver, describes an idyllic and peaceful day in his native island of Lewis in the Western Isles.
Fans of Manran can download the single from itunes or other music sites and will find out if the boys have reached chart history on Sunday night.