Manran thrill music fans at Blue Mountains Theatre concert

Scottish band Manran thrilled music fans at the Blue Mountains Theatre in Springwood on Saturday, April 13.

Reviewing the concert for the Sydney Morning Herald, John Shand said the band's dynamics made for a "potent combination".

"Across the past eight years the folk-rock band has become something of an institution, holding aloft the torch of Scottish traditional music, to which the members add their own finely crafted tunes. As well, by virtue of being young, singing in Gaelic and beefing the music up with a pumping rhythm section, they help spread the word to new audiences," Shand wrote in his three-and-a-half star review.

"For those with a Scottish heritage, the music (epitomised by the bagpipes' skirl) is in the blood, and this band is at its most potent when Ewen Henderson relinquishes his fiddle and takes up his pipes.

"The effect is made unique by having Irishman Ryan Murphy on board playing uilleann pipes (plus flute and tin whistle), and the twin-bagpipe attack could heat the blood of any non-Celt."

The Blue Mountains concert was the fourth date on Manran's Australian tour which finishes on May 5.