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Mandolin Mondays #428 w/ Special Guest Calum McIlroy

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Returning to Mandolin Mondays this week we're joined by Scottish mandolinist Calum McIlroy playing an original tune called "Big Pick Energy" on his 2018 Taran Springwell mandolin, built by Rory Dowling in Fife.



Recipient of the 2024 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award, Calum McIlroy is a guitarist, mandolin player, and singer from Aberdeenshire. After graduation from the BMus Traditional Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he release his debut EP, This III Deeds (2020), and was nominated for the Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year Award at the MB ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

As well as performing in a trio with Megan MacDonald (accordion) and ChloŽ Bryce (fiddle) - winners of the Battle of the Folk Bands at Celtic Connections 2024 - he has appeared alongside the likes of Mike Vass; Anna Massie (Blazin' Fiddles); Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton; and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

If you'd like to learn the tune in this video, Calum is offering a tunebook-style transcription of this tune and a few others at: www.calummcilroy.com/dots

Be sure to connect with Calum at the following links below for more information about his music:

https://www.calummcilroy.com/
http://www.facebook.com/calummcilroymusic
https://www.instagram.com/calumrmcilroy/
https://twitter.com/calumrmcilroy

And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then...

Happy Picking!
David

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  1. Dagger Gordon's Avatar
    Sounds great Calum!
  2. kmmando's Avatar
    Very fine indeed, Calum. Sounds wonderful, bravo!
  3. CHASAX's Avatar
    `Thank you, Calum!
  4. Alfons's Avatar
    I like that tune! Great playing and sound, as well
  5. pheffernan's Avatar
    Could you talk a bit about your choice of strings and pick? You really tame any tinniness as if you’re playing flatwounds.
  6. calumrmcilroy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan
    Could you talk a bit about your choice of strings and pick? You really tame any tinniness as if youíre playing flatwounds.
    Wegen TF pick, but slightly lighter than the 100. Somewhere between .70 and .80. And D'addario XT 11-40s for strings. Sometimes use a BlueChip TPR-40, but in any case, the tone's in the fingers! Or perhaps more to do with where I like to direct my pick.
  7. Fretbear's Avatar
    Wonderful tone