It is useful to remind us that Calum Jones is only 22 years old, his talent and the length of time he has been on the scene belies his tender years. Inspired by blues, rock, folk, and the Celtic rock heritage of his Scottish home.
Calum’s music is a fusion of bold melodies, thoughtful lyrics, and skillful guitar playing He is a captivating live performer and a fast-emerging talent. We were really appreciative when Calum reached out to us and answered a few questions
Get into the mood for Bella
You have ten words to describe your act, no more no less…
You will sing along, even if you didn’t plan too.
As an act how has 2023 treated you so far?
2023 has been great so far, I’ve had a lot of new projects happening. The first 3 months of this year I spent in Dorset learning how to build electric guitars. (which will be having their gig debut at belladrum). Which was an amazing experience, I plan to do the same with acoustic guitars next year. I’ve also been writing loads of new music & making some new friends throughout the music industry who I’m looking forward to collaborating with over the next few months so watch this space.
You have three original songs to wow the Belladrum audience, which ones would they be and why?
“Truth Hurts” my latest single because I think it’ll get everyone moving and ready to go, “Why” because its the ultimate sing along song & “Broken” on of my brand new tracks that will be making its debut at Belladrum.
Festivals are renowned for horrible clashes, which act on the Belladrum line-up would you least like to clash with and why?
Fatherson, Pale Waves, Newton Faulkner & Kiefer Sutherland. They’ve been some of my favourite bands for a while now and I’ve still not managed to catch them live yet.
What are your festival tips?
Plenty of water, sunscreen & a good night’s sleep the day before. (and welly’s because if we all take them we hopefully won’t need them)
What are your favourite memories of Belladrum?
I’ve been playing belladrum for around the last 6 years and I’ve always held it as one of my favourite festivals. To choose one memory would be far too hard but headlining the free range stage was an absolute blast & playing the grassroots stage a few years ago was an incredible feeling (even though I managed to blow up 2 amplifiers that day hahaha)
Calum over the years
Given the cartoon and comic theme of Belladrum 2023, which theme tune or song from animation would you cover given the opportunity, and how would you make it your own?
Probably the Scooby doo theme tune, it’s already a banger so I’d maybe just rock it up a bit, add a guitar solo and make sure the drums are massive.
Which cartoon or animation would you have appear on stage with you and why?
Again probably Scooby Doo, I used to watch it on repeat as a kid & to be honest it still holds up haha… Talking dogs for the win.
What’s on the horizon for you after Belladrum?
Straight after Bella I’m headed to Norway for a mini tour which is gonna be a lot of fun, then I’m supporting Callum Beatie in Strathpeffer later on this year and hopefully I’ll be starting work on my 4th album before the year is done.