Folk rockers hear the Cal of Falkirk home

Cal play Falkirk Town Hall later this month
Cal play Falkirk Town Hall later this month
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A Falkirk Bairn is gearing up to bring his unique Celtic rock to his home town.

Michael Callaghan will play Falkirk Town Hall on Saturday, June 23, with his band Cal. The hotly tipped Scottish folk act are frequently described as a mixture of Runrig and Wolfstone with a modern twist and are gearing up to release their fourth album ‘Turning the Tide’.

Michael, who started Cal as a solo act before enlisting the help of four musicians, says their latest album is the strongest yet.

Michael, who is the lead singer and rhythm guitar player, said: “The first three albums I did the writing, playing and even recording but this time there is a great band and it means the sound for live gigs is incredible.

“I’m really looking forward to bringing the music to Falkirk.”

Cal, also made up of David Lindsay on drums, pipe major Ross Munro on bagpipes and keyboard, bass player Graham Brown and Minnesota native Dan Stellar on guitar, only took their current line up recently but have been impressing music insiders with their distinctive brand of Celtic rock.

Michael fits in the band with his job as a music teacher at Addiewell Prison in West Lothian. He added: “I enjoy my day job, it’s incredible to see guys that have never even held a guitar learn the basics. There have been a few naturals and I remember one guy in his forties got really emotional when he got a certificate for his music - he said it was the first certificate or qualification he had ever earned.

“Although I like my job, making a living as a musician is the dream and we’re just having fun while we do it.”

Tickets for the gig, priced £12, are available from the Steeple box office in Falkirk High Street, or by calling (01324) 506850.

‘Turning the Tide’ is available now from all good online music retailers or from HMV in the Howgate Centre, Falkirk.