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Callow Cal

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About Callow Cal

An enthusiastic young performer with the desire to entertain. Guaranteed to wow you with his covers and originals!
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Calum's first taste of a wedding performance was when his brother and sister-in-law asked him to play at their ceremony. Due to his indecision on what to play, he decided to write his own Scottish folk-inspired wedding song, 'From the Banks,' dedicated to the couple. When Calum began busking in the streets of Glasgow, he had a request from a stranger to perform at their wedding too. This required learning lots of cover songs within a deadline so as to entertain guests for two hours on the day. It wasn't long before Calum was playing 2-3 hour sets at several private events and public venues every week. Private events include weddings, funerals, birthdays, and hen parties. He takes a lot of pride in having been in demand prior to even choosing his career path, and endeavors to provide entertainment of the highest quality. Calum continues to work on his own music under the name Callow Cal as he has done for long before performing live professionally. He has a BA in Commercial Music and an HNC in Sound Production. It may have taken some time for Calum to build his confidence in live performance, however, the late bloomer's talent is fairly flourishing.

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Callow Cal's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Lyndsay M
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

Absolutely brilliant! Cal was lovely to deal with, nothing was too much trouble and he’s a hugely talented performer. First class. Would definitely book again for other events!

Reply from Callow Cal
7 months ago

Thanks so much for having me Lyndsey! I had a great time 😁

Paul M
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

Booked Cal for my wife's 40th in our house. He was absolutely brilliant, and got the party really going. Would definitely recommend 👌

Reply from Callow Cal
7 months ago

Thanks so much Paul. So glad I could add to your evening. It was my pleasure!

Lee-Ann B
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Everyone commented on Calums presence at our small party gathering. He added the perfect ambiance for our day. He has a fantastic tone to his voice and all song choices suited our day perfect. A charming vocalist.

Anna F
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Calum was brilliant! Such a nice voice and played loads of great tunes. He made such a difference to our party, would definitely hire him again!

Reply from Callow Cal
10 months ago

Thanks so much Anne! It was my pleasure to play for you all. So glad we were fortunate with the weather!

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Shannon B
1 year ago, for a Private event in Broomhill Rd
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5 out of 5

Calum played my wee boys christening, was a brilliant day and he made the atmosphere great. Played to the crowd and was a great mix of songs. He was really professional and actually helped us out last minute after someone else let us down, highly recommended! We will definitely book Calum again

Laura H
1 year ago, for a Wedding in New Cumnock KA18 4PN
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5 out of 5

Calum played during our wedding drinks reception at Lochside House Hotel and was absolutely fantastic. He did a two hour set and played a mixture of modern and old-school classics, making sure that there was something for everyone’s taste. So many of our guests commented on how excellent Calum was, and how it added such a personal touch to our day. He was very friendly to guests and extremely professional. During the lead up to our wedding, he kept in regular contact and went over and above to learn songs that we wanted and make our day even more special. I can’t recommend Calum enough, and my friends and family are all lining up to book him for their weddings! Great entertainer and lovely guy :) Laura and Kris

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Callow Cal's Song list

Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
Black Magic Woman - Fleetwood Mac
Love Me Do - The Beatles
Twist & Shout - The Beatles
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
Let It Be - The Beatles
Gimme Gimme Gimme - ABBA
You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
Take It Easy - Eagles
Ooh La La - Faces
Free Falling - Tom Petty / John Mayer
Living On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Wanted (Dead or Alive) - Bon Jovi
Sweet Child O Mine - Guns n Roses
Paradise City - Guns n Roses
Believe - Cher
Champagne Supernova - Oasis
Forever Young - Alphaville
Grease Lightning (from Grease)
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For - U2
Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
All I Wanna Do - Sheryl Crow
Home - Michael Buble / Westlife
She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5
Sugar We’re Going Down - Fall Out Boy
Complicated - Avril Lavigne
Good Riddance - Green Day
The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
Always Be - Jimmy Eat World
Mr. Brightside - The Killers
Riptide - Vance Joy
Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons
Maybe Tomorrow - Stereophonics
Take Your Mama - Scissor Sisters
Hold Back The River - James Bay
Budapest - George Ezra
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Shivers - Ed Sheeran
A Million Reasons - Lady Gaga
Shallow (from A Star Is Born) - Lady Gaga
Always Remember Us This Way (from A Star Is Born) - Lady Gaga
Yellow - Coldplay
Times Like These - Foo Fighters
Best Of You - Foo Fighters
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Cold Day In The Sun - Foo Fighters
America - Razorlight
Tribute - Tenacious D
Have You Ever Seen The Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Mmmbop - Hanson
How To Save a Life - The Fray
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepson / Ben Howard
Hey Ya - Outkast
Walking On Sunshine - Katrina and The Waves
American Pie - Don McLean
Because of You - Kelly Clarkson
The Only Exception - Paramore
Born & Raised - John Mayer
Your Body is a Wonderland - John Mayer
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show
Take Me Home Country Roads - John Denver
Jolene - Dolly Parton
Jackson - Johnny Cash and June Carter
Simple Man - Lynard Skynard
Tuesday's Gone - Lynard Skynard
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynard Skynard
Blowin’ In The Wind - Bob Dylan
Mr. Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan
You're Still The One - Shania Twain
Half Of My Hometown - Kelsea Ballerini
Scottish Artists
This Is The Life - Amy McDonald
Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel
Last Request - Paolo Nutini
Candy - Paolo Nutini
Coming Up Easy - Paolo Nutini
New Shoes - Paolo Nutini
These Streets - Paolo Nutini
Acid Eyes - Paolo Nutini
500 Miles - The Proclaimers
Walking On The Waves - Skipinnish
Touch The Sky (from Brave) - Julie Fowlis
Dignity - Deacon Blue
Scottish Classics
Caledonia - Dougie MacLean
Loch Lomond - Runrig
Auld Lang Syne
Flower Of Scotland
Honky Tonk Woman - The Rolling Stones
San Francisco Bay Blues - Eric Clapton / Jesse Fuller
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out - Eric Clapton / Jimmie Cox
Stand By Me - Ben E King
Ain’t No Sunshine - Bill Withers
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
The Tracks Of My Tears - Smokey Robinson
Personal Favourites
Girls - The 1975
Robbers - The 1975
Somebody Else - The 1975
Paris - The 1975
It’s Not Living - The 1975
Be My Mistake - The 1975
Tonight - The 1975
Happiness - The 1975
I’m In Love With You - The 1975
Part Of The Band - The 1975
All I Need To Hear - The 1975
About You - The 1975
When We Are Together - The 1975
102 - The 1975
Now I’m In It - Haim
Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Closure - Maroon 5
Can't Stop - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Maybe It's Time (from A Star Is Born) - Bradley Cooper
What's My Age Again - Blink 182
Christmas Songs
Driving Home for Christmas - Chris Rea
Fairytale of New York - The Pogues
Feliz Navidad
Frosty The Snowman
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Here Comes Santa Claus
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Last Christmas
Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
White Christmas
Callow Cal Originals
From The Banks (Wedding Song)
Good Old Days
Where She Goes
She Loves You
Out Of The Scene
Front Door
Taste of You
Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
It's Been A Year

Callow Cal's Prices

Last updated: 2024

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£65
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£425
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. Price negotiable based on timings.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served. Price negotiable based on timings.


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My clients tend to admire my variation of styles and genres as it pleases the greatest number of guests. Since I became a full-time musician I continue to ask friends, family, and clients to suggest songs for me to learn. I like to alternate the songs through my set between old and new as well as between genres.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed several shows of my original music at venues such as: King Tut's The Classic Grand Room2 I regularly perform 2-3 hour sets of popular covers at the following venues: Waxy O'Connor's Redhurst Hotel Piper Whisky Bar The Granary Lauders Monteith's Bar Festival Village Wedding venues include Lochside and Parklands Hotel

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

The 1975 Paolo Nutini Fall Out Boy Fleetwood Mac Foo Fighters Mumford & Sons

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I would have to say my show at Room2. Three other buskers and I sold over a hundred tickets and performed to a very attentive crowd.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I understand that there can often be delays at big functions such as weddings. I will do my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run-up to the event just let me know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

DJing is not one of my services however I would be happy to play recorded music through my PA during any breaks required.

How much time do you need to set up?

It doesn't usually take me any more than 15 minutes to set up, although I like to arrive at least 30 minutes before I am due to start performing.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Yes! You can request as many songs as you like from my setlist to be played within the time available.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Absolutely. I bring all the equipment required to accommodate my performance.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Provided I have plenty of notice I offer 1 free additional song request. from out with my setlist at no extra charge. Further additional song requests are £15 each or 3 for £40.
Acoustic, Folk, Country, Folk rock, Pop, Covers, Alternative rock, Pop rock, Indie
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Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Sound technician, Songwriter, Producer, Ableton Live, Accompanist
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