Pipes, Whistles, Bouzkouki, Vocals
Calum’s piping career began in Edmonton, Canada at the age of 9 under the instruction of Pipe Major Arnie Stone. In ‘91 Calum and his family moved to Monifieth (just up the road from Dundee) where his feelings for traditional Scottish music deepened and an all-too-commonly seen bagpipers obsession soon took hold. In 2004 Calum graduated with hounours from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (latterly Royal Scottish Conservatoire). This marked the start of his career as both performer and music tutor in Scotland and in many other countries such as Jordan, Canada, Australia and throughout Europe.
In 2010 Calum released a debut solo album of his own work which crossed the genres of folk and funk – Now affectionately termed ‘Flunk’ by his all-singing, all-dancing, all-mental band, Mans Ruin. Mans Ruin’s follow up album ‘Health and Safety’ was released at the tail end of Summer 2011. Check out some of their music on www.mansruinmusic.com/music if you are interested!
Calum is currently a member of Breabach, Mans Ruin, The Unusual Suspects, Seudan and RTK9000. If he had to drop one it would be…Breabach! – Only kidding.
Between the years of 2004 and 2008 Calum was acting musical co-director/accompanist/tutor for the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. This band was set up by the National Piping Centre to provide a platform for talented young pipers and drummers to push the boundaries of a pipe band stage performance both musically and visually.
Calum received two seperate commissions to compose music for large ensembles in 2010. ‘Perception’ was written for The Gordon Duncan Experience and aired in late September. ‘Times Change’ was written for the internationally renowned Mr McFalls Chamber as part of the Distil Showcase 2010.
2012 has already been a busy year for MacCrimmon largely due to the new album ‘Bann’ from Breabach which came out in March. He has also been kept busy by the preparation of a new book of music that he is putting together with his father Iain MacCrimmon. The book will feature a mixture of bagpipe tunes written within the family but will also highlight some of the fantastic music being written by contemporaries of the folk scene and piping scene. Calum and Iain are still deciding on a title but the collection is due for release some time next year (2013).