Photo by Martin Venherm 2018
Calum McIlroy is a multi-instrumentalist and singer from Aberdeenshire in the North East of Scotland. He began playing the guitar at a young age and by the time he left school he had discovered a passion for folk music, and a new-found interest in the mandolin.
He went on to study music for three years at North East Scotland College in Aberdeen, and through projects like The North East Folk Collective, Ceòl Mòr Big Band (Aberdeen International Youth Festival), and the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail, he developed an appetite for live performance.
In 2016, Calum moved to Glasgow to study a BMus in Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and in 2020, he graduated with first class honours. During his time at the conservatoire he was tutored by acclaimed musicians such as Ali Hutton, Fiona Hunter, Rod Paterson, Innes Watson, and Kevin MacKenzie. He began to carve out his signature style of flat-picking and intricate song accompaniment, and he started his own trio, with Megan MacDonald and Ruairidh Gollan.
After reaching the final of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition, Calum recorded his debut EP,
THIS ILL DEEDS, which features special guest, Anna Garvin on keyboard.