Màn­ran gig gives folks fi­nal boost of fes­tive en­ergy

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

The Cor­ran Halls, built in the 1960s and of its time, over the years has at­tracted all the ma­jor artists, writes Camp­bell Cameron.

Many came as a warm-up for the big­ger tour events to fol­low. But they all had the place bouncing on the night.

The ar­rival of Jan­uary 2 means the New Year cel­e­bra­tions have peaked and fes­tive en­ergy may be sag­ging but the other night I was for­tu­nate to have a ticket to at­tend the Màn­ran gig which raised the spir­its once more. The band made the Cor­ran Halls their tour fi­nale and made my cel­e­bra­tions per­fectly com­plete. I can re­port that they are on top form, with a great solid wall of sound and a cou­ple of front men in the form of Gary Innes and Ewen Hen­der­son who cre­ate the chem­istry with the au­di­ence and in­fuse the en­ergy.

Eight and a half years into the jour­ney, they are ready for a new al­bum, so they told us. Presently they are road­test­ing some new tunes.

The big vil­lage hall at­mos­phere of the Cor­ran Halls makes it the ideal place to see re­ac­tion to new songs and tunes. Thus Thugainn, Port na Cal­liche and Ghost made their de­buts on the Oban scene.

Four tracks in, Oran na Cloiche – the big band favourite – brought the au­di­ence to peak of ap­pre­ci­a­tion and the danc­ing cob­webs dis­ap­peared as the catchy sin­ga­long had ev­ery­one join­ing in. And so it was for the re­main­der of their half, it was full par­tic­i­pa­tion and danc­ing, warmed up by the amaz­ing Trail West who played the first half – the Cor­ran Halls are now of­fi­cially live for 2019 and the Celtic Rock Scene is all the bet­ter for hav­ing Màn­ran grow­ing.

It is the coun­try mu­sic fans who get the treat­ment this week­end with Fri­day night's Leg­ends of Amer­i­can Coun­try con­cert to look for­ward to. All the hits and all the favourites will have you singing along – I look for­ward to it.

Happy New Year!

Màn­ran had the Cor­ran Halls jump­ing on Jan­uary 2.

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