Online concert from Mànran and comedian Ray Bradshaw

Mànran formed in 2010 and remain the only group in the 21st century to break the UK top 40 with a song in the Gaelic language.

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Trad-rock band Mànran will celebrate what should have been a weekend taking in the beautiful surroundings of Lochaber with the first Mànran: 10 by the Ben Festival with an online concert on Saturday April 3.

Easter Saturday 2021 should have been the closing night of its rescheduled festival that was originally due to take place across Easter weekend 2020, however, due to the current restrictions the new festival is still not able to go ahead in Fort William.

While tours and plans for its festival were put on the back burner, the band has focused its efforts during lockdown on writing and arranging a new album to be released later this year.

The online concert will showcase some of this new material, as well as a back-catalogue of the band’s hits from across the last decade.

Alongside music from Mànran, one of Scotland’s top comedians Ray Bradshaw will open the night with a stand-up set. Described as one of the most exciting acts on the UK comedy circuit, the double Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist, who has performed sold out solo shows in Edinburgh, Adelaide and Melbourne, will warm the night up with his hilarious show.

Having performed in Glasgow’s famous Barrowlands in November 2020, when the seven-piece performed one of its most spectacular shows in its ten-year history to incredible critical acclaim, Mànran are raring to get back together to perform for fans across the world.

Gary Innes, Mànran founding member, said: ‘We can’t wait to bring this night of entertainment to fans at home and abroad and we invite everyone to join us from the comfort of their own home.

‘As we look towards live entertainment restarting and getting back out on the road, we can’t wait to reconnect with fans through this online concert and get the opportunity to play them the material from our new album before we hopefully take it to a venue near each and every one of them soon.’

Tickets for the live stream are available to buy at manran.co.uk. There will be no fixed cost per view, with fans invited to ‘pay what you can’ as the band understand financially things are difficult for everyone right now.

The multi award-winning supergroup was set to celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2020 with gigs across 13 international countries, as well as concerts at home. Having welcomed two new members to the band in late 2019 – award-winning singer Kim Carnie and Oracadian guitarist Aidan Moodie – the seven-piece was looking forward to a milestone year of celebrations as it showcased its new line-up.