Calum MacDonald (musician)

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Calum MacDonald
Birth name Calum MacDonald
Born (1953-11-12) 12 November 1953 (age 64)
Lochmaddy, North Uist, Scotland
Origin Isle of Skye, Scotland
Genres Celtic rock
Occupation(s) Teacher, musician
Instruments Percussion, drumkit, backing vocals, accordion
Years active 1965–68; 1973–present
Labels Neptune Records
Lismor Records
Chrysalis Records
Ridge Records
Associated acts The Skyvers

Calum MacDonald (Scottish Gaelic: Calum MacDhòmhnaill; born 12 November 1953) is a percussionist in the Scottish Celtic rock band Runrig, as well as their primary songwriter with his older brother, Rory MacDonald. Generally, Rory writes the melodies, and Calum the lyrics.

Early life[edit]

His brother Rory was born in Dornoch, Sutherland. His father, Donald John MacDonald of Scalpay, was a World War II veteran. The family moved to North Uist, when Rory was about four years old. Calum MacDonald himself was born in Lochmaddy, North Uist.[1]

When the time came for Rory to attend High School, which at the time was situated in Portree, on the Isle of Skye, the whole family moved en masse. It was in Skye that the brothers formed Runrig along with Blair Douglas and subsequently Donnie Munro.

MacDonald attended Jordanhill College and worked as a P.E. teacher until Runrig went 'professional'.

Later life[edit]

During the 1980s, MacDonald's Christian faith deepened and this influence began to be felt in his lyrical content, in both Gaelic and English. He was based in Edinburgh for the 1980s and early 1990s before re-locating his young family to Contin in the Highlands. MacDonald has contributed main vocals to a handful of Runrig tunes, including Dust and Faileas air an Airigh.

His son, Donald MacDonald - affectionately known as Seeds - is also a songwriter and performer and has his own band Donald MacDonald & the Islands.


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