Cal's CD "(Scotland) A Part Of Me" is unashamedly Scottish in ethos - longing exile, battles long ago, love of Caledonia - all strongly presented in a way that makes a definite statement but stops short of actually being in your face.
"Striking, not to say arresting, tracks from a confident artiste with a lot to be confident about". The Scots Magazine.
Distant Pipers; In Her Mother Tongue; The Lost Days; Dochas Naomha; In A New Light; Green Grow The Rashes O; Scotland A Part Of Me; Rest And Be Thankful; Passion For The Homelands; Old Young Boy; Come By The Hills; Heaven To Me.
Cal started playing the guitar and singing in the early 1990s following a serious industrial accident in 1989. In 1994 he attained an HND in "Rock Music Performance", won the Outstanding Adult Learner Award and won the Sound Control Music Trophy 1993 - 1994. In 1996 he achieved his Advanced Diploma in "Film And Television Music"
In 1997 Cal had already started out on his own as a self employed solo performer, singing cover songs incorporating every kind of musical style from the 50s to the chart hits of the day and very quickly created a stir in all kinds of venue throughout Scotland from pubs and clubs to town halls and small concert halls.
In 1998, following the departure of Donnie Munro, Runrig was looking for a new lead singer. This gave Cal the opportunity to audition for the position. He progressed through the different stages and got down to the being the last candidate from Scotland, before the band employed the services of Canadian singer Bruce Guthro. Rather than be disappointed, he was encouraged and inspired to write his own songs and release then on his own record label (Cal Music), therefore enabling him to write, record and promote his own songs while keeping all copyright control of his works.
2000 was a busy year for Cal, although continuously touring, he managed to write enough material for an album and by the end of that year the recording of "(Scotland) A Part Of Me" was completed and aired for the first time.
In 2002 Cal did a three-week tour in the USA gigging in Portland (Oregon), Seattle, Eugene and Vancouver, followed by two weeks in 2003 in Boulder and Denver (Colorado).
In 2004 there was a four-week tour of Germany with sixteen live performances to launch the new album Calling You
Currently Cal has over 200 bookings in his diary and on 17th of April he played at Marlene Ross’s (Runrig manager) birthday bash, and on the 18th played at the Celtic Tsunami Appeal Concert in the Music Hall in Aberdeen along with the Donnie Munro Band, Dougie MacLean, Fiona Kennedy, JJ Gilmore, Clan Wallace and Davie Cowan. In addition to playing solo Cal was also asked to play guitar for Fiona Kennedy’s band. Later this year Cal will be supporting Midge Ure in the Albert Halls in Stirling.
Cal performs solo and with a full band. Cal has supported the Donnie Munro Band, Wolfstone, The Ian Hunter Band (Mott The Hoople), Fish (Marillion).
Scots songs, traditional music, male folk singer.
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