The latest in a venerable family line of Gaelic singers and bards, Calum Alex Macmillan ranks squarely at the forefront of his culture’s contemporary renaissance. With his second solo album Till (a long-awaited successor to 2005’s highly-praised Taladh Nan Cuantan), the Isle of Lewis native and ex-Dàimh vocalist resoundingly reaffirms that status, in material retracing his deepest traditional roots, while simultaneously embracing the present.
Born and brought up in Point in the Isle of Lewis, Calum Alex Macmillan ranks squarely at the forefront of his culture’s contemporary renaissance. He is descended from a long line of distinguished bards and singers. His father John ‘Seonaidh Beag’ Macmillan being a renowned traditional singer and member of the seminal Gaelic Folk Group ‘ The Lochies’.
Winner of the coveted Royal National Mòd Gold Medal at only 18- he triumphed again in the Traditional contest two years later. His parallel prowess on the bagpipes resonates clearly through his vocal phrasing and ornamentation, while a potent expressive blend of gravitas and passion, also reveals the uniquely elemental influence of Gaelic psalm-singing.
Macmillan’s six years with award-winning Highland band Dàimh further honed this exquisitely distinctive artistry, not least in his masterly handling of accompaniment – artistry that now, on his new release Till, attains marvellously mature, transcendently eloquent fruition.
Joining Calum Alex in tonight’s show will be Till producer Donald Shaw (Capercaillie), Ross Martin (Dàimh) and fellow Leòdhasach James Mackenzie (Breabach).
Followed by a Festival Club Night from 11.30pm-3am (additional ticket required, available direct from Heb Celt)