Calum hits the music scene

Young Banchory singer-songwriter Calum Bowie
Young Banchory singer-songwriter Calum Bowie

A young Banchory musician has just released an EP of songs inspired by the local area and growing up.

Calum Bowie, 17, wrote the three original tracks a couple of years ago but had been too nervous to record them.

But the S6 pupil at Banchory Academy, who plays guitar, has now released Lonely Streets on Apple Music, Spotify and other outlets.

He plans to take a year out this summer to concentrate on his music and hopes to go to university to study civil engineering.

Calum started playing guitar when he was eight and began writing songs when he was 11.

He told the Piper: “I wrote two of the songs on the EP when I was 15 and one when I was 16 but I only released them recently.

“Once I decided that music was something I would love to go on to do, I started working to get them recorded and available to listen to.

“The feedback has been fantastic so I’m really happy about that.”

Calum recorded the tracks, which he describes as Scottish pop/folk and reflecting local life and his age, at a friend’s home studio.

He’s looking to secure some gigs to raise his profile and will support country band Ashton Lane at The Tunnels in Aberdeen on Saturday, March 3.

Calum said: “If the music picks up then obviously it’s something I would love to do.

“University is a lot of tuition and not much free time, but I would try my best to keep the music going.

“I will just have to see how it goes.”