Here is a six minute interview that I did with BBC ALBA last weekend which takes a look behind the scenes at ‘Take the Floor’ and had a blether about my old Shinty days.
I am delighted to have been asked to be guest speaker at the St Andrews Rotary Club on August 2nd. I will be interviewed by Frank Quinault about my life, music, shinty and my recent appointment of presenting BBC Radio Scotland’s, Take the Floor, with all money raised going towards charity.
If you would like to be part of what should be a great, fun evening, then please look at the poster attached.
ERA IS NOW OUT!
I am over the moon to announce that ‘ERA’ is now available to purchase online from all music download sites and from my own website.
I’d like to take this chance to thank all the incredible musicians who performed on the album and for making the whole process the best of craic from start to finish. I’d also like to take this opportunity in thanking the incredibly talented, Ali Hutton for all his hard work and ideas, who alongside myself co-produced the album.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed making it.
Gary 🙂 x
I’m delighted to bring to you the video for “The Caman Man” from my new album ‘ERA’ which is released on Monday 29th January 2017.
The Caman Man is a song I wrote that started as a poem back in 2014 after hanging up my boots from our greatest sport, Shinty. The single is now available and to be in with a chance of winning a copy of the album ‘ERA’ which is released on Monday, just like and share ?x (Thanks to Norman Strachan for making the video)
Mànran’s Gary Innes Releases First Solo Album in 12 Years
Highland born accordionist, and one of the founding members of Scottish award-winning celtic supergroup Mànran, Gary Innes has released his much-anticipated second solo album, entitled ERA.
Gary released his first solo album How’s the Craic back in 2005 and has since released multiple collaborative albums with Ewan Robertson (of Breabach fame), all-accordion band Box Club and also has three albums with his current band Mànran. However, after 12 years of working on other projects, he is now back with a full album of self-composed tunes and even some self-penned songs, performed by some of the very best musicians and singers in the Scottish music scene.
Having been a professional musician for over 15 years, Innes is no stranger to the world of traditional music and as the newly appointed BBC Radio Scotland presenter for the iconic music show, ‘Take the Floor’ Innes is becoming further ingratiated into the Scottish music scene.
When asked about the title ERA for his second album, Innes said, “I have called the album ERA as I feel it’s the end of a substantial chapter, or indeed era in my life. Due to my increasing musical commitments, I retired from my beloved sport of Shinty in 2014 and for the same reason finished up with the Scottish Fire and Rescue service after 15 and a half years in 2015. Last year saw the beginning of the new era with the birth of my first little niece Zara and now my second niece is on the way. I am also getting married this year so it feels like life is very much starting to move me in a different, very significant direction and I wanted to not only recognise this but also to celebrate it.”
Innes has involved many of the friends and musicians that were involved in his first album in his second. ERA has Hamish Napier on Keys, Duncan Lyall on bass, Jarlath Henderson on Uilleann Pipes, Steve Byrnes on kit and fellow Mànran bandmate, Ewen Henderson on fiddle. Innes co-produced the album with guitar and piping sensation, Ali Hutton who also performed on the album.
The album weaves in and out of melodies and titles that clearly resonate with Innes and his highland home village of Spean Bridge. ERA includes three self-penned songs which all carry very different stories, sung by Robert Robertson, Alec Dalglish and Siobhan Miller.
The first single ‘The Caman Man’ will be available to download from January 27th 2017 – and it is a song all about Scotland’s most indigenous sport, Shinty and Innes’ journey from the start to the end of his sporting career which involved him captaining the national team on many occasions and his local club, Fort William to Camanachd Cup success.
The full album, ERA will be available to purchase from Monday, January 29th 2017.
I’m delighted to announce that after our ‘Lochaber Heart’ concerts we raised enough money and fitted both, Roybridge and Spean Bridge, with there very own defibrillators.
They are located and fitted externally on the wall of Roybridge Memorial Hall and on the front of Spean Bridge Fire station. Fingers crossed they will never need to be used, however it’s fantastic to have the life saving equipment available if ever required.
A huge thank you once more to everyone who attended the concerts and donated to this very worthwhile cause
For many years I’ve wanted to put on a special Lochaber Christmas Carol concert and this year after some persuation from Santa’s little elves, I have done just that at the Nevis Centre on December the 17th.
With an all-star cast of the finest local musicians the area has to offer, plus performances from many of the local primary schools and Lochaber High school pipe band and big band, it’s sure to be a very special night no to be missed.
Tickets can be bought for the event direct from the Nevis Centre and from the link attached to the show on my ‘Live’ page.
Ho Ho Ho
I have been a First Responder in Spean Bridge for a number of years and very aware that the village and surrounding areas in Lochaber are growing at an incredible rate. It dawned on me however recently that if the First Responders are out of the area, or on a call, there is no defibrillator available if required in an emergency before the ambulance arrives. So with this in mind I have organised two special concerts in Spean Bridge Hall and Roy Bridge Memorial Hall, with the finest of local talent to try and raise funds so both these villages can have the life saving equipment at their disposal.
I am delighted to announce that i have been confirmed as the new BBC Radio Scotland presenter for Take the Floor. The legendary Robbie Shepherd MBE after 35 years has decided to hang up his headphones and retire after his last show on Saturday 18th August.
I have been overwhelmed by the support shown to me so far regarding the announcement and I will do my very best to keep the music at the heart of the award winning show.
Lastly i’d like to take this opportunity to wish Robbie and Esma a long and happy retirement and don’t be a stranger Robbie, we’ll be looking for yeh, and all the best till then! x
You can catch all the action live on BBC2 from 3pm with commentary from the voice of Shinty, Hugh Dan MacLennen, Drew MacNeil and presented by Jonathan Sutherland. I’ll be trackside for all the action and punditry throughout the match.
Then the following day I’m looking forward to sitting in the Travelling Folk hot-seat on BBC Radio Scotland Sunday 23rd August from 7-9pm, as Bruce MacGregor takes a weekend off to galavant around the country with his band, Blazing Fiddles.
On the show i’ll be interviewing Capercaillie singing sensation, Karen Matheson as she looks to release her new solo album ‘Urram’, while Capers bandmate Charlie McKerron comes on for a blether about his other project, Session A9, as they look to hit the road in the next few weeks.