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Mandolin Mondays #258 w/ Special Guest Calum McIlroy

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Check out Calum McIlroy from Glasgow, Scotland playing a beautiful piece composed by Hugh Campbell, and played on a lovely 2018 Taran Springwell mandolin, built by Rory Dowling in Fife.

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.

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.

Here's a word from Calum about the piece in this video, "I’m playing a 2/4 pipe march, Hugh Alexander Low of Tiree, which was written by Hugh Campbell, and I learned it from a volume of the Scots Guards Standard Settings of Pipe Music books. I learned it with my partner at the piano in her family’s house in Oban."

You can contact him for a copy of the transcription for this video at his website here:

Calum also has just release a brand new debut EP called This Ill Deeds, and the code “mondays” can be used on his site for 20% off CDs and the other transcriptions that he has.

Be sure to connect with Calum at the following links below for more information about his music:

And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then...

Happy Picking!

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  1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    That was really nice. Love your new album, Calum. Keep up the great music.
  2. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Here's a link to Calum's new album. Very highly recommended.
  3. Anglocelt's Avatar
    Very nice playing and a welcome outing for a Scots pipe tune. I will be clicking those EP and transcription links.
  4. kmmando's Avatar
    Grand! Lovely sounds too, developing nicely, the Taran. Excellent articulation of the 2/4. Regards, Kevin
  5. cayuga red's Avatar
    Terrific playing! And the Taran Springwell is a keeper!
  6. Michael Romkey's Avatar
    Very nice indeed!
  7. John Kelly's Avatar
    Excellent interpretation of this fine 2/4 march, Calum. Great sound from the Taran too.
    Updated Dec-14-2020 at 3:34pm by John Kelly (typo)
  8. mtucker's Avatar
    Very nice! Wow, that Springwell is a Tar(z)an!...but yet so soft in your hands. Perfectly bespoke for your style. Mucho thanks for your vid performance!
    Updated Dec-14-2020 at 9:40pm by mtucker
  9. Alfons's Avatar
    I liked it even better the second time through, and while I was focused on that lovely mandolin sound, I could still hear the pipes coming through at times.
  10. AZmando's Avatar
    Superb performance - very unique treatment. Delightful!
  11. DCHammers's Avatar
    Wonderful! Thanks!