As you may already know, on 2nd November local singer/songwriter Calum Sinclar will perform for us in the yurt, in the next edition of the Tiny Yurt Concerts. Performing a selection of original songs and covers, Calum is sure to bring some tranquility and talent to the yurt on that chilly November afternoon.
In preparation for the gig, in this post I am going to introduce you all to Calum. I asked him some questions about his influences, his life and what music means to him.
Tell us a bit about you, what brought you to Canterbury? What do you study?
I live down here anyway in a village called Worth, so it wasn’t too far to go. I actually study in Medway as my course is run at very few places nationally compared to other degrees. I study paramedic science which will hopefully lead to a career in the ambulance service and beyond.
What/who inspired you to become a singer/songwriter?
I remember finding some albums in my dad’s cupboard of old folk bands and listening to them and loving the stories they told. My dad also used to teach me the old traditional songs on long car journeys and I wanted to find out more and tell them again.
What genre of music do you find is your best fit?
Celtic folk is my best fit, I love tales of old stores which keep the past alive. It’s a genre of music that’s very natural and bare which can be interpreted in so many ways making everyone individual.
What is your best achievement with your music to date?
I wouldn’t say there’s one achievement, as long as people like listening then I think I’ve achieved all I want out of music.
What do you hope to do with your talent in the future?
Just keep playing and keep the stories alive, it’s a hobby not a career option.
When writing a song, do you feel the music or the lyrics is the most important thing?
Lyrics definitely, but without a good melody it’ll be a flop. A balance is definitely needed.
Do you find smaller shows like the yurt concert less scary and more personal – or vice versa?
I find them all equally scary, it’s hard to know how people will take such an unusual genre of music down south.
As you know, the concert is put on by the Student Green Office – what does being sustainable mean to you?
I think we need to live within our means by keeping the environment and resources available for future generations.
Why do you think it’s good for students to get involved with sustainability and the SGO?
It helps people become aware of issues surrounding our future and awareness will enable people to make a difference in the world. Small steps are needed to change.
Lastly and most importantly, are you excited for the yurt concert?!
There you have it! Do join us for the concert in the yurt, by the pond in the quad on 2nd November at 3pm. This guy is one to watch!
Interviewed and written by Amanda Elliott, Communications Officer