Calum Baird is an independent singer-songwriter based in Falkirk and has toured regularly through the UK and Europe for the last seven years.
Calum Baird is a 26-year-old, Falkirk based singer-songwriter and activist, playing songs that tie together progressive and romantic themes in a folk music style influenced by Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Dick Gaughan, Billy Bragg, and Phil Ochs.
Calum performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe at festivals and events, as well as supporting causes and organisations with his music at home and abroad.
Over the seven years Calum has worked in the industry, he has performed alongside Scottish musicians such as Dick Gaughan, Ewan McLennan, The Jellyman’s Daughter and Kyle Falconer, as well as David Rovics (US), Andy Irvine (Ireland), Ryan Harvey (US), Attila the Stockbroker (UK), Grace Petrie (UK), Mariela Condo (Ecuador) and many more international musicians.
In this same time, Calum has appeared and performed on national television and radio and has been featured in national and international press, and online media and blogs.
New Single – Stranger Things Have Come and Gone
Having released a single, The Stones of Tomorrow, in the summer of 2020 and an EP, A View From The Notebooks, in the winter of 2020, which each received a high level of praise and publicity, being played across several different radio stations and shows in Scotland, the UK, Ireland and more, including Jim Gellalty’s Amazing Radio show and culminating in my being named the final Artist of The Week for 2020 in the Scotland on Sunday (read here). I began working on a new single for release early in the new year.
This single is influenced by the folk-pop/folk-rock styles of Phoebe Bridgers and Sharon Van Etten, and singer-songwriter styles of Neil Young – a long-term influence on my music. I wrote, recorded and produced this single myself in my home studio, continuing a process of learning that I started when I was putting my EP, A View From the Notebooks, together.
Stranger Things Have Come and Gone blends raw, energetic vocals, over the top of a grungy acoustic guitar, electric guitar licks and synth padding, and the song ends with a smoky electric guitar outro. The track is for anyone and everyone trying to come to terms with the different structures of feeling thrown up by the ongoing health, political and economic crises gripping much of the world. The song, as well, taps into a mood of trepidation that is palpable as we begin to think about life after the virus and the long-term effects of these different crises.
The artwork was photographed in a public park near my home and I think it captures the moods of the song as well as the context of our present times.
The single comes out on 05/02/2021 and is available for streaming and download on all online stores.
Owing to the Covid-19 crisis it is hard to say when the next live performance will be. Prior to the crisis, I had a full calendar of gigs organised. As well as playing a variety of different gigs in Scotland and the UK in music venues and folk clubs, I was going to be performing two shows in Berlin in June, performing four shows at a festival in Dortmund in August and three shows at a festival in Lisbon in September. These gigs have been rearranged for next summer instead.
Yet, despite the pandemic, I have managed to play several online gigs including an International Festival with musicians from Germany, Chile, Ecuador, and Cuba. I also performed a gig live on my Facebook page to raise money for the Musicians’ Union’s hardship fund and the Cuba Solidarity Campaign’s Emergency Appeal to raise funds for the Cuban Ministry of Health to purchase urgent medical supplies needed to fight the Coronavirus in Cuba, supplies which are expensive and hard to come by for the Cubans due to the US embargo on the island.
Picture from Stranger Things Have Come and Gone artwork shoot, December 2020