Calum shares stage with folk legend on May Day

Local troubadour Calum Baird
Local troubadour Calum Baird

Local musician Calum Baird will be lugging his trusty guitar between four venues in a wild weekend that will see him support Dick Gaughan in Edinburgh.

Calum will be playing a 20 minute set at the May Day Concert in the capital city’s Pleasance Theatre on Friday night to mark International Workers Day.

The young troubadour was asked to play at the event earlier this year and could not believe it when he recently discovered he was going to be on the same bill as one of Scotland’s finest singer songwriters.

He said: “Nobody told me he was playing, I just noticed it online and I was checking google and tour dates because I couldn’t believe it. My dad had tapes of Dick Gaughan and he would play them for me.

“I started listening to them again three or four years ago and while I wouldn’t say I count him as a main influence - no one can do what Dick Gaughan does except Dick Gaughan - it is a real privilege to be playing on the same stage as him.”

It’s going to be a busy bank holiday weekend for the young troubadour as he plays Nicky Tams in Stirling from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and then heads back to Edinburgh on Sunday for a set at Whistlebinkies from 7 to 8.30 p.m. and then a late show at Jake’s Place from around 9.30 p.m.

Visit www.facebook.com/CBairdMusic to keep up with Calum’s gigging schedule.