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John Morran


With his richly expressive, subtly poignant voice, John Morran is widely recognised as his generation's leading exponent of Scots song. Hailing originally from the Ayrshire ex-mining community of Muirkirk, with the nearest town in any direction being ten miles away, the village remains a stronghold of the Lowland Scots language which inspires much of John's singing, whether in Burns ballads or contemporary compositions from the region. In January 2000 he performed with Sheena Wellington (who sang at the opening of the first Scottish Parliament in nearly 300 years) in the BBC’s celebration of Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns. He is a featured artist in Dr. Fred Freeman’s prestigious “Songs of Robert Burns” and “Songs of Robert Tannahill” series. Over the past seven years he has performed and recorded as a guest player with internationally acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter and fiddle player, Dougie MacLean. He has played in the Aileen Carr band, teaming up with Stuart Morison and Iain MacInnes (both Ossian) to provide accompaniment for this highly respected traditional singer, and formed a song-based trio called Raverie with Steve Byrne (Malinky) and Chris Wright (ex-Kick). Teaming up with Fred Freeman and Marc Duff (ex-Capercaillie), 2001 to 2002 saw a series of Burns workshops in every school of East Ayrshire (nearly 60 in total) and he regularly performs the Songs of Robert Burns with Wendy Weatherby, Sandy Brechin, Angus Lyon, Marc Duff and Fred Freeman. He recently added new strings to his bow by producing the Malinky albums “3 Ravens”and “The Unseen Hours” and has adjudicated at the New Song competition at the Newcastleton Festival in the Scottish Borders. In 2007 John will release an album of songs from his home village. He has set music to poems written by local authors whose collective lifespan ranges from 1721 to the1980s. The album is called “Garan Sang”, Garan being the original name of Muirkirk, and is produced by John McCusker (ex-Battlefield Band). This project has been the recipient of a Creative Artistes Bursary from the Scottish Arts Council.