Highland born accordionist and MG Alba Scots Trad Awards ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ winner, Gary Innes has been performing and composing music for over 16 years. Born in the village of Spean Bridge in the North of Scotland, Gary is one of the founding members of award-winning Scottish super-group Mànran,
He picked up an accordion for the first time at the age of 8 and has never looked back. Gary released his first solo album How’s the Craic in 2005 and more recently his second solo album ERA was launched at Celtic Connections 2017 to great critical acclaim, with Tim Carroll writing “ERA is more than one man’s reflection, it’s a view into the world of a master at work.”
Gary has also recorded three albums with his current band Mànran, as well as albums with Ewan Robertson and all-accordion group Box Club.
Gary has performed in over 30 countries worldwide.
Adding another string to his bow, Gary began presenting the longest running radio show on BBC Radio Scotland – the world renowned Take the Floor, taking over from the legendary Dr Robbie Shepherd MBE in 2016.
It’s little wonder BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe has described him as being “a Jack of all trades and a master of all.”