Calum Baird is a singer-songwriter and professional live musician based in Edinburgh. With years of experience of playing venues around the UK and across to Ireland and the European continent, Calum has received praise, admiration and recognition along the way. He writes and sings his own particular style of raw, folk formed from tales of love and woe, heartfelt political commentaries and social observations.
Calum has played over 1000 shows since releasing his debut EP, Nothing to Lose, in 2014. He has shared bills with some of Scotland’s greatest musicians from the established and upcoming scenes, as well as a host of international musicians too. These include; Dick Gaughan, Attila the Stockbroker, Robb Johnson, Steve Mason (Betaband), Maeve Mackinnon, Kyle Falconer (of The View), Andy Irvine (Ireland), David Rovics (US), Boikot (Spain) and Banda Bassoti (Italy).
In 2015, Calum wrote and released his debut album, No Right Turn, independently. The album went on to receive nominations for Scottish Album of the Year in 2016. Since then, Calum has played a range of international festivals including Festa do Avante in Lisbon, Festival Musik und Politik in Berlin and Barnasants Festival in Barcelona, where he was the first Scotsman to ever play the festival. As well as this, Calum has been a regular feature at the Edinburgh Festival since 2013, playing a handful of shows with the BBC in 2016 and 2017 being the highlights.
So far in 2018, Calum has performed in Berlin twice, with a 3rd trip lined up in late June to perform at Fest Der Linken. He has played over 50 shows in the UK, collaborating with fellow Edinburgh songwriter, Jack Hinks to form The Cultural Workers and the pair have recorded a single, City For Sale, which is scheduled for release in the summer of 2018. In addition to this, Calum will be playing in Manchester at the 0161 Festival and at the Unsere-Zeit Pressefest in Dortmund in September. Calum is also working on a second album which will be recorded in the autumn and released early next year.
Any booking inquiries and merchandise purchases, such as CDs and T-Shirts, can be made through Calum’s Facebook page.