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postheadericon Shinty’s Heroes

Shinty’s Heroes is an hour long special that features music and chat from the Blas Festival 2013.

It was an honour and pleasure to be musical director of this show alongside our MC for the evening, Shinty historian, Hugh Dan MacLennan, to highlight and showcase the great men that left their highland shinty playing communities to head off for the Great War.

BBC ALBA Saturday 5th January 2014 9pm and repeated again on Sunday 6th January 2014 at 8pm.

This show which features an amazing array of musicians including, Kathleen MacInnes, Duncan Chisholm, Iain MacFarlane, Allan Henderson and many many more is being revisited at Celtic Connections 2014, Mitchell Library on February 2nd. Click here for ticket info



postheadericon Ceilidh na Bliadhn’ Uire 2013 Hogmanay Ceilidh

Delighted to be Musical Director and part of the House band with Manran again this year for the BBC ALBA Hogmanay show.

This years show comes live from Partickburgh Hall, Glasgow and is live from 11.30pm 31st December 2013.

This years line up consists of.

Barbara Dickson,
Linda MacLeod,
James Graham,
Darren MacLean,
Paddy Callaghan,
The Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band,
Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band,
Glasgow Gaelic Choir,
Anna Massie,
Allan Henderson,
and Manran.

It will be some party again.


postheadericon Home Coming Visit Scotland Advert 2014

Delighted to feature very briefly in the new¬†Home Coming 2014 Visit Scotland advert which was launched on November 20th. With a huge year ahead for Scotland with the Ryder Cup, The Commonwealth Games and much much more, it’s an honour to be part of the official advert to promote all things Scotland.

If you want to watch the advert then you can click on the link for a peak :)


postheadericon Off the Ball!!!

Delighted to be asked back to Stuart and Tam’s award winning show “Off The Ball”Screen Shot 2013-10-19 at 10.02.32

Its amazing how nerves never usually bother me until I’m in these lads company!

Saturday 19th October 2013, Radio Scotland, 12-2pm

postheadericon Live from Paisley Town Hall

The wonderful Kathleen MacInnes, Ali Hutton, Ewen Henderson and myself will be performing the opening three numbers of this years Royal National Mod winners concert from Paisley Town Hall on Monday 14th October.

You can listen in live from 7.30pm on Radio nan Gaidheal Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 11.55.50

postheadericon Shinty’s Heroes

A huge thank you to everyone who came out and watched and supported ‘Shinty’s Heroes’ at the Nevis Centre as part of the Blas Festival. It was a fantastic night and delighted that Beesness filmed the show and will be aired next year on January 5th 2014 on BBC ALBA.

Shinty’s Heroes will also be revisited at Celtic Connections 2014, at the Mitchell Library, on Sunday 2nd February. You can purchase tickets from the link attached.

postheadericon Camanachd Cup Final

Join Hugh Dan MacLennan, Jonathan Sutherland, Fraser Ingles and myself for this years 106th Camanachd Cup final, live on BBC2 BST 14.15 on Saturday September 14th from An Aird, Fort William.Camanachd-Cup1

postheadericon Fred Macaulay and Co

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 11.59.29Delighted to be a guest on Fred Macaulay and Co to talk about life and shinty.

BBC Radio Scotland 19th June from 10.30-12pm

postheadericon “The Test”

Delighted to announce that you can now buy our new Manran album ‘The Test’ from

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The official launch and worldwide distribution date is from 3rd June 2013, however we are giving our fans the chance to buy it early direct from ourselves if you so wish.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it and see you at a gig very soon :)


postheadericon Travelling Folk

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 12.01.32An informal interview on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Traveling Folk’ with Bruce Macgregor.

Talking about the new Manran album release ‘The Test’ and other general craic in life.

9th May 2013 8-10pm BBC Radio Scotland