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Manran hosts anniversary festival at Fort William shinty field

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A two-day music festival is being hosted at Fort William’s shinty ground by folk group Manran next year to celebrate their tenth anniversary.

Following shows in more than 30 different countries, the seven-piece band is coming home to host the event on Friday April 10 and Saturday April 11.

Joining the ensemble to celebrate their decade at the top will be a host of talented friends, including long-time confreres and internationally-acclaimed Skerryvore, who will headline the Friday night.

Caledonia legend Dougie MacLean will also take to the stage on the Friday as well as contemporary folk group Breabach and local singer-songwriter Keir Gibson.

Donnie Munro will play on the Saturday night as well as instrumental group Flook, and local stars The Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band.

Closing the two-day festival will be Manran themselves, who will launch their brand new album and play a host of material that spans their decade.

Manran will also celebrate their anniversary year with the unveiling of two new band members in the shape of Gaelic songstress Kim Carnie and guitarist Aidan Moodie.

Taking place at the foot of Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, Manran: 10 by the Ben will take over An Aird shinty field. With two of the band’s founding members, Ewen Henderson and Gary Innes, being local Lochaber lads, the band felt it would be an excellent location to celebrate their milestone anniversary.

Musical director for the event, Gary Innes, said: “I’m so excited to bring a music festival back to Lochaber and especially to An Aird Shinty field. I spent some of the best years of my life here during my time with Fort William Shinty Club and I can’t wait to come back and play on the field for the first time since retiring in 2014, albeit in a very different way.

“I’d also like to express my sincere thanks to Fort William Shinty Club and committee for agreeing to host the two-day festival. Without them this event would not be possible.

“Having a music festival in Lochaber is something that I feel has been missing for years and it’s going to be brilliant to work with the club.”

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