The Celtic rock deeply rooted in Calum Jones‘ Scottish Highland origins inspires each of the 19 year old’s crafts and is a prominent inspiration behind the foundations for his new single Ready or Not. The Fountain caught up with Calum about the new track and performances forthcoming.

TF: You have a new single out, that must be exciting?

Yeah absolutely, it’s been an exciting process and I’m so glad to finally get it out there! Now it’s time to start working on the next one!

TF: And what has been the reception to Ready or Not been like, can you elaborate on the track?

The reception seems to be going well so far! Ready or Not is already up well over 2,000 streams and still climbing. Along with the release of the music video too, the reach is definitely expanding. BBC Radio in Scotland started giving the track a spin early on too, which is obviously great support to have again.

I wrote Ready or Not during a particularly creative period this year. I’d been regularly writing a lot and was coming up with ideas for at least 5-6 choruses a day. When I had the guitar lick for the new track nailed, I knew for certain that it could definitely go somewhere – I actually ended up finishing the rest within the hour! It was a very natural song for me to write, I think that definitely helped to get the feel totally right.

TF: And can we look forward to an EP or LP from you soon?

I’m working on a lot of new material at the moment, so there’ll soon be a new LP in the making for sure!

TF: Can we look forward to seeing you live soon, particularly here in Scotland?

Yeah! You can catch me with my band at Lossiemouth Town Hall on 16th November and solo at Ironworks, Inverness on 6th December and Stramash, Edinburgh on 13th December.

TF: And what’s been your favourite gig to date?

Ah that’s a hard one to answer! It’s difficult to choose my favourite gig because I’ve played so many awesome shows at some ace venues over the past few years, but I suppose one that really stands out for me was supporting Glasgow’s Brownbear at the Drought Cobbler in Elgin. It was a really intimate gig: the crowd was inches away from me and the interaction was incredible! It was at that gig where I found the confidence to get the crowd involved in my stage show more. That’s really helped me to take that next step into becoming a performer rather than just a singer songwriter.

Another stand-out gig for me would be headlining the Free Range stage at this year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. The crowd was totally up for a party – by the time I’d finished the first song, there were so many people queued up leading outside the gates to the stage trying to get in. It was amazing having such a crowd dancing along and singing my own choruses back to me.