B i o g r a p h y

Calum is a warm, down-to-earth, young man from the West Coast of Scotland who fell in love with the accordion at a tender age of 7. As a young boy with the desire to learn more, he spent more years learning the rudiments from the best accordionists in the Highlands until he eventually created his unique style. Though he hailed from Fort William, Calum moved to Inverness in 2007 where he strived to focus on his technique.

With an innate desire to tour the world with his band like his father, Calum and Sean Cousins arranged a combination of melodious tunes to perform at a Christmas Party in 2012. His dream finally came to reality after few weeks as he formed his band "Hò-rò."

 

The musical group has received acceptance and have shown signs of progression over the years as it won the "Danny Kyle" award at the Celtic Connections and "One Step Further" competition at the Hebridean Celtic Festival in 2014. The "Hò-rò." musical band later had their first performance in Italy in the latter part of 2014. The band also released its debut album in the summer of 2016 and had an incredible tour session across the Highlands & Islands of Scotland promoting the album which has received massive acceptance.

Recently, Calum released his first video singing a song from Dougie MacLean "She Loves Me, "and the song has gone viral on social media platforms. Calum is an energetic musician who has performed in Italy, Belgium, France, and Germany. Calum started playing as a solo singer in 2017 with his accordion. Despite a busy schedule with the band, he still has time to perform in hotels and pubs across Scotland. He will release his debut EP in the latter part of 2017.

In 2014, Calum received a sponsorship from Murray at the Highland Accordions who offered him the opportunity to create and got his first-ever handmade accordion in Italy which he christened "Wee Casino." This accordion remains his favorite instrument till date.

PHOTO CREDITS: FINDLAY MACDONALD

© 2017 CALUM MACPHAIL

SPONSORED BY HIGHLANDACCORDIONS.CO.UK

BACKGROUND IMAGE BY Nikolaj Kovačič -//ITALY