Congratulations to Calum Stewart who have been nominated in Instrumentalist of the Year sponsored by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018. Vote now!
We asked Calum Stewart of Calum Stewart the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
A leading Uilleann Piper, Calum Stewart’s powerful and lyrical playing style is rooted in the traditional music of his native northern Scotland. His distinct musical voice has been developed through collaborations within the Scottish and Irish traditions.
In addition to his concert schedule, Calum is in demand as a recording artist, with recent work including recordings and performances with The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
“An astounding Uilleann Piper … Music that runs as pure as a Highland stream.”
“Seriously class playing.”
BBC Radio Scotland.
“A musician of outstanding virtuosity… Mountain-air piping clarity.”
Irish Music Magazine.
“Hits you right between the eyes. Outstanding”
The Living Tradition.
“Calum Stewart joins the ranks of thoroughly modern Uilleann Pipers, who are steeped in their own tradition but cross borders to bring in other influences, and can write a damned fine tune”.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
Because it's my life's blood! Grew up with it in the household, part of my life since childhood. No matter where in the world I am, touring and playing, the music of home is always central.
Any particular career highlights?
Recording and performing at different occasions with The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
What are your plans for the future?
Continuing to tour "Tales from the North" album material with my group. ("Tales from the North" is a collection of music, traditional and composed; Inspired by Calum's native North of Scotland. "Tales from the North" is a celebration of legend, landscape, people and adventure.
If you wish to attend the final ceremony, tickets are available to buy via: https://www.horsecross.co.uk/whats-on/the-mg-alba-scots-trad-music-awards-35002 For box office call 01738 621031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bands performing on Saturday 1st December include includes Croft No Five, Mànran, Karine Polwart Trio, Hannah Rarity, Eabhal, Catriona Watt, Gordon Duncan Experience and Gerda Stevenson. and more to be announced. There will also be a late night ceilidh after the Awards till 1am.
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