Though most commonly found performing with Mànran, the band they co-founded in 2010, Gary Innes and Ewen Henderson have travelled the Highland highways and byways as a duo and played in corners as far-flung as Kazakhstan and Shanghai, not to mention touring the entire West Coast of the United States in a convertible Mustang. Indeed, it is from these very adventures and the strong musical heritage of Lochaber that their music – and stories – spring.
Born in Spean Bridge, Gary picked up an accordion for the first time at the age of 8 and never looked back. He released his first solo album ‘How’s the Craic?’ in 2005 with further albums ‘ERA’ (2017) and ‘IMMINENT’ (2019) released to great critical acclaim. Adding more strings to his bow, Gary took over from the legendary Dr Robbie Shepherd MBE in 2016 as host of BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Take the Floor’ and has subsequently added to this his own Sunday evening requests show, ‘Your Requests’.
Ewen hails from Fort William and was naturally steeped in the traditional music and Gaelic culture of the area from an early age. Starting on the fiddle at five years of age, he subsequently mastered an impressive array of instruments, learning from masters of West Highland music such as Aonghas Grant Snr. while being influenced by his family’s musical heritage. Outwith Mànran, Ewen has toured the world with a host of top Scottish and global cross-genre artists including the world-renowned Battlefield Band and World Music pioneers the Afro-Celt Sound System.
Join Gary and Ewen for what promises to be an excellent night of Highland tunes, Gaelic song and stories alongside special guest and multi-instrumentalist, Rory Matheson on piano.