Originally from Falkirk, Calum Baird is a singer-songwriter and professional live musician based in Edinburgh. With four years of experience of playing venues from Aberdeen, to London 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 folky-blues formed from tales of love and woe, heartfelt political commentaries and social observations. Listen here.
Since releasing his debut EP, Nothing to Lose, on Folk Rag Records in 2014, Calum has gone on to share bills and stages 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), The Jellyman’s Daughter, 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. In addition to this, Calum performed over 170 live shows all around Scotland and the UK, including a spate of live performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the third consecutive year. Calum rounded off the year by appearing on Scottish Television’s The Fountainbridge Show and being voted Best Acoustic/Solo Musician at the Alternative Music in Falkirk Awards.
2016 started with Calum performing in Berlin, before going on a tour around much of Scotland; taking in Edinburgh, Glasgow, The Borders and Fife. After supporting Kyle Falconer at a sell out show in Linlithgow, Calum performed at the Edinburgh May Day Festival, before performing a fourth consecutive Edinburgh Fringe Festival; including two shows at the BBC’s Castle Tent, and then flying out to Lisbon in September to perform at the 40th Anniversary edition of the legendary Festa do Avante. Calum rounded off the year by releasing a single, I Still Believe in an Alternative, and completing another tour around Scotland, which took his yearly total of live shows over 180.
So far in 2017, Calum has played over 100 shows in five different countries. In addition to playing a numerous shows around Scotland, Calum was invited out to Madrid in February, where he performed two shows to 1500 people at the Rivas-Vaciamadrid festival as part of a UK contingent commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Jarama. The weekend after this, Calum performed at the Liederpodium at the Festival Musik und Politik in Berlin, the first Scotsman to perform there since the 1980s. Then, on March 2nd, Calum performed in Barcelona at the 31st Barnasants festival in the Harlem Jazz Club, the first Scot to ever play the festival.
On St Patrick’s Day, Calum performed in Glasgow at the Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival supporting the Wakes. The weekend after this, in Dundalk, Ireland, Calum headlined at an event taking place on March 25th commemorating Charlie Donnelley and the Irish International Brigaders.
In April, Calum performed at two festivals in England. The first from the at the GFTU New Generations Festival in Leceistershire, and the second in Barnsley at the May Day Festival of Solidarity on April 30th. Previous to the Barnsley show, Calum performed at the Great May Day Cabaret in the Loganlea Miner’s Welfare club, with rising English protest singer, Grace Petrie.
Following on from this, Calum played at the Edinburgh May Day Festival with The Wakes, Kevin Gore and Bobby Nicholson. On May 10th, Calum returned to Ireland, this time to Dublin to perform at the James Connolly Festival.
On June 5th, touring, Calum once again supported touring American Songwriter, David Rovics on the Edinburgh leg of his Punk Baroque tour in Movement, Edinburgh.
In July, Calum performed at the Gikder Kultur Sanat Park Festival in London on the 9th of July, and on July 22nd, Calum flew out to Berlin to play a set at Fiesta de Solidaridad in alongside Italian ska-punk band, Banda Bassoti.
August has Calum in the thick of the Edinburgh Festival for the fifth year in a row, where he will perform more than 30 shows, including a set at the BBC Bandstand. In addition to the Edinburgh festival appearances, Calum will be playing at the Festival of Socialism in Glasgow with Meursault, Becci Wallace, Declan Welsh and the main speaker, Jeremy Corbyn MP.
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