WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER: SCOTLAND SHINTY CAPTAIN AND MÀNRAN MEMBER IN SOLO SHOW AT EASTWOOD PARK THEATRE  

Mànran’s Gary Innes has swapped shinty and fire-fighting to concentrate on music and is bringing his second album, ERA, to Eastwood Park Theatre on 18 November.

The Highland-born accordionist has been a professional musician for over 15 years and was one of the founding members of award-winning celtic group Mànran, as well as captain of the Scottish shinty team.  He has recently retired from the Scottish sport and finished up with the Scottish Fire and Rescue service after more than 15 years of service, to concentrate on his music career.

Gary said: “I’m looking forward to playing at Eastwood Park Theatre as it’s an intimate venue and perfect for performing an album that is so personal to me.

“I 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 15 and a half years of service.

“Last year saw the beginning of the new era with the birth of my first little niece Zara and my second niece arriving earlier this year. I also got married in April 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.”

Gary released his first solo album How’s the Craic back in 2005. He 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.

After 12 years of working on other projects, he is now back with a full album of self-composed tunes and some self-penned songs, performed by some of the very best musicians and singers in the Scottish music scene.

The album weaves in and out of melodies and titles that clearly resonate with Gary 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.

Gary’s single ‘The Caman Man’, which preceded the release of the full album in early January, was a resounding success with incredibly positive feedback on his social media platforms. ‘The Caman Man’ video has been viewed almost 200,000 times. The song is all about Scotland’s most indigenous sport, Shinty and Gary’s 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.

Tickets for Gary’s show cost £15 standard and £13 for concession and if you bring a group of 10 people one person can go free: https://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice