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.