Ronan MacManus

Ronan MacManus is a singer/songwriter from West London. His father Ross MacManus was a musician and trumpet player with Joe Loss and his orchestra and passed on the musical tradition to all five of his sons – including the well-known musician Elvis Costello. 

Ronan recorded solo album Strawberry Hill, an EP War on Peace and four albums with London Irish Folk Rock band The BibleCode Sundays with which he played many great venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury, Twickenham Stadium, Celtic Park and The House Blues in Boston to name a few. 

His 2014 album, Elephant in the Room, was launched in the UK at a gig in London's famous Ealing Club. 

Elephant in the Room was co-written with Ronan’s brother Ruairi who also performs on the album allowing the close vocal harmonies of the brothers to be a major feature of these songs. 

“The songs are short, snappy, and with a pop sensibility that reflects the rhythm of The Beatles with the attitude of The Who.” 

In June 2014, Ronan and Ruairi took the album to Brazil and toured together using the name MacManus Brothers. The Brazil tour was arranged by the British government (FCO) to coincide with the FIFA World Cup and the brothers managed to showcase British culture to a Brazilian audience, along with all the visitors in Brazil for the World Cup – playing in front of the Brazil stock exchange and in downtown São Paulo on the back of a VW Kombi truck amongst other shows. 

In July 2014 the brothers performed with Elvis Costello at Kew Gardens in a much-praised summer set. 

2015 saw the release of an album written with blues guitarist Luke Dolan and featuring BibleCode Sundays bass player Enda Mulloy and drummer Carlton Hunt. The band and album were launched under the name Brand New Zeros. An Ireland tour as a band followed that same year and then as a duo Ronan and Luke opened for Elvis Costello on parts of his UK tour in 2016. 

2017 saw the release of BibleCode Sundays 4th and final album only weeks before the tragic death of drummer Carlton Hunt who played on all of Ronan’s albums, he will be hugely missed.

In 2017 Ronan made a huge change in his life and this year (2023) celebrates 6 years clean and sober. He fell in love with music all over again and has found a new sense of ambition and drive to create more new music.

In early 2019 Ronan signed a deal with Fretsore Records and the second Brand New Zeros album Back To Zero was finished just in time for 2020’s Covid-19 pandemic to shut the music business down for the best part of 2 years. Ronan is determined that these songs get heard so he is planning an album called Storyteller, featuring tracks from The BibleCode Sundays, Brand New Zeros and his solo work. as well as brand new songs. 

2023 has seen Ronan take trips to France, Italy, Ireland and the USA as well as playing gigs all over the UK.